What Is Obstructive Sleep Apnea?
The common yet concerning disorder known as obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) causes breathing to stop repetitively throughout the night. OSA results when the soft tissues toward the back of the mouth and in the throat area relax and block proper airflow. This momentary lack of oxygen can strain the brain and body, often leading to snoring, daytime fatigue, memory loss, high blood pressure, and other serious issues. Continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) is frequently recommended for treating OSA; however, some men and women do not tolerate this treatment all that well. For these patients, the general dentists at ACE Dental of Taylor may recommend custom oral appliances to help treat sleep apnea and minimize the associated health risks. If you think you may have OSA, get in touch with our Taylor, TX team today and learn how oral appliance therapy might help.
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who is a good candidate for Sleep Apnea treatment?
Individuals affected by severe sleep apnea may not be ideal candidates for wearing oral appliances during sleep. For these patients, CPAP may still be the most effective treatment option. But if you are experiencing mild to moderate sleep apnea, a dental appliance from ACE Dental of Taylor may be helpful. OSA can impact your life and health in many ways, and as such, should be treated promptly. Sleep apnea commonly causes symptoms that include:
- Frequent or loud snoring
- Dry mouth or a sore throat
- Gasping for air or choking
- Waking with shortness of breath
- Grogginess or daytime fatigue
- Frequent headaches
- Restless sleep or insomnia
- Memory fog or irritability
How will Obstructive Sleep Apnea therapy benefit me?
At ACE Dental of Taylor, our well-trained dentists offer a sleep apnea treatment called oral appliance therapy (OAT). This treatment entails a custom-made oral appliance known as a mandibular advancement device (MAD), which is worn between the top and bottom teeth during sleep. A MAD is similar to a sports mouth guard but instead works to keep the mandible (lower jaw) held in a more forward position to help keep the airway open at night. After you receive a sleep apnea diagnosis, we can take impressions of your mouth and send these off to a dental lab where your custom MAD will be made. We will schedule you to return to our office a couple of weeks later so that we can ensure a proper fit and inform you of how to wear your sleep apnea device.
What should I expecT after receiving the Oral Appliance?
Your sleep apnea appliance will be adjusted as needed to meet your needs and ensure it offers a comfortable yet secure fit. Our team will also show you how to clean, maintain, and store your snoring device to help minimize sleep apnea effects. MAD appliances can help reduce snoring and other common symptoms of sleep apnea while also enhancing your quality of sleep. Please be sure to bring your oral appliance with you to future dental appointments at ACE Dental of Taylor so our team can monitor it for wear and tear.
Will Insurance cover Oral Appliances?
Insurance coverage for sleep apnea treatments, like oral appliances, will depend upon individual plans. Our knowledgeable team will review your benefits and help to maximize any coverage your policy may offer toward sleep apnea care. ACE Dental of Taylor accepts a range of affordable payment options, including medical financing, and will work with you to find an ideal financial solution to help you cover any personal expenses.
get the restful sleep you deserve
If you snore, feel tired throughout the day, or have similar symptoms, you may be experiencing the effects of obstructive sleep apnea. The general dentists ACE Dental of Taylor are pleased to offer custom oral appliances to treat mild to moderate sleep apnea. Contact our Taylor, TX facility today and see how you might get the quality, restful sleep you need for better health and wellness.