Sleep Apnea Treatment
For patients with mild to moderate obstructive sleep apnea – dental appliances are a fantastic option to help you gain the safe and good night sleep you have been dreaming of.
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For patients with mild to moderate obstructive sleep apnea, dental appliances that prevent the tongue from blocking the throat and/or advance the lower jaw forward can be made and are an excellent option for patients looking for something besides the standard CPAP machine.
To see if you are a candidate, patients need to take a sleep test – provided at home by sleeptest.com and have a consultation with our doctor to discuss treatment and the results. The doctor will decide if you are a candidate for this treatment and make an impression of your teeth. The doctor will then make the device and call you back for a fitting. You will also be given a morning repositioner to realign your bite after the appliance is removed. You will also be given instructions on how to use and clean the appliance. See below for more information.
What we provide
We are extremely happy to partner with sleeptest.com to provide an at home sleep test option for our patients. This allows patients to fill out their information at home and a sleep test kit is mailed to them with instructions. Once the sleep test has been done - results are analyzed by a sleep certified physician and sent to our doctors.
After your consultation you will come back to be fitted with your new oral appliance. This appliance is the key to your sleep apnea treatment - as it holds your jaw in a fixed open position allowing for a relaxed and open airway for safe and constant breathing at night.
Frequently Asked Questions
If left untreated, obstructive sleep apnea can result in a number of health problems including hypertension, stroke, arrhythmias, cardiomyopathy (enlargement of the muscle tissue of the heart), congestive heart failure, diabetes, and heart attacks. In addition, untreated sleep apnea may be responsible for job impairment, work-related accidents, and motor vehicle crashes as well as academic underachievement in children and adolescents.
For patients with mild to moderate obstructive sleep apnea, dental appliances or oral mandibular advancement devices that prevent the tongue from blocking the throat and/or advance the lower jaw forward can be made. These devices help keep the airway open during sleep.
Oral appliance therapy:
- Can improve symptoms of OSA, including daytime sleepiness, moodiness, concentration issues and reduce or eliminate snoring.
- Offers another option for people who cannot tolerate CPAP
- Is easier to take along when traveling
- Works without electricity
- Is quiet
Yes, however due to the medical nature of Sleep Apnea the appliance and treatment are filed using your medical insurance. For some plans this occurs in the form of going against your deductible or covering at a flat fee.
This is dependent on the type of appliance you choose and the type of insurance coverage you have. For specific pricing, please schedule a consult with our Specialty Coordinator to discuss options, financing, and plans.