Are your days filled with constant exhaustion and you just can’t seem to get enough sleep? Has a bed partner complained about your constant, loud snoring? If so, these are both major signs that you might be suffering from sleep apnea. At 333 Dental Care, Dr. Lively and Dr. Hand can help patients overcome this serious condition with the help of a custom-made oral appliance. This simple but effective solution could be all you need to start feeling like yourself again.
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Why Choose Us for Sleep Apnea Therapy?
- Custom-made sleep appliances
- Able to stop snoring the very first night
- Proven alternative to CPAP therapy
What Is Sleep Apnea?
Sleep apnea is a condition where a person frequently and temporarily stops breathing while they sleep. In some individuals, these pauses in breathing (called apneas) originate in the brain; in these cases, the condition is known as central sleep apnea. For most sleep apnea sufferers, however, the breathing disruptions occur because the tissues in their mouth and throat are blocking their airway. This type of sleep apnea is called obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). Right now, OSA is the second most common sleep disorder in the world, but its numbers are growing rapidly each year.
OSA is nothing to take lightly. Left untreated, it can lead to devastating consequences. Because it robs you of necessary, rejuvenating sleep, you may be exhausted on a daily basis. Your work performance could suffer, and you may not be able to drive as safely as you otherwise would. Over the long term, OSA can even lead to or worsen serious medical conditions, including diabetes, excess body weight, cardiovascular problems, and dementia.
If you ever suspect that you have sleep apnea, you can take a simple online quiz to find out if your symptoms indicate the possibility that you are suffering from this disorder. If it seems that you may have OSA, your next step will be to undergo a sleep study so you can receive an official diagnosis.
Symptoms of Sleep Apnea
Some of the most common symptoms of sleep apnea include:
- Persistent, loud snoring
- Noticeable pauses in breathing
- Restless sleep
- Frequent nighttime urination
- Waking up with a sore throat or headache
- Waking up gasping for air
- Decreased libido and sexual dysfunction
- Excessive daytime exhaustion
- Unexplained mood changes, especially irritability and depression
If you notice the above symptoms in yourself or someone you care about, seeking diagnosis and treatment is vital. Also, keep in mind that although certain risk factors (such as obesity) increase the likelihood of OSA, anyone can suffer from this condition, regardless of their age, weight, or gender.
How We Can Help
A CPAP machine, which gently forces air into a patient’s airway at night, is the most common treatment for OSA. However, many individuals are candidates for a simpler solution. For a patient dealing with sleep apnea, Dr. Lively or Dr. Hand can design an oral appliance for them to wear to bed, which will somewhat resemble a sports mouthguard. It slightly shifts the lower jaw forward, which will prevent the airway from becoming obstructed during the night. As a result, a patient will be able to breathe normally, get the uninterrupted rest they need, and not feel exhausted the next day. Plus, this kind of appliance can even be used to help someone stop snoring as well.
Oral sleep appliances are always custom-designed by Dr. Lively or Dr. Hand based on an impression of a patient’s bite in order to ensure both a comfortable fit and an effective treatment process.
A custom oral appliance offers a number of advantages over a CPAP machine:
- An oral appliance is very small, making it easy to travel with.
- An oral appliance doesn’t require you to mess with a big mask or lots of tubes and wiring.
- An oral appliance is completely silent — no machine noises to keep you awake at night!
- Many patients find that an oral appliance is much more comfortable than a CPAP mask.
A Note to CPAP Users
Many people who are interested in oral appliance therapy are already having their sleep apnea treated with a CPAP machine, and due to either discomfort or ineffectiveness, they would like to try another treatment option. Dr. Lively or Dr. Hand would recommend that patients in this situation consult their sleep doctor to determine whether or not oral appliance therapy is a viable option for them. If it is, Dr. Lively or Dr. Hand can coordinate with the doctor to get a patient their appliance. However bear in mind that oral appliance therapy is NOT necessarily good for every patient.
Does Insurance Cover Sleep Apnea Therapy?
Dental insurance does not typically cover sleep apnea therapy. However, your medical insurance will likely help to mitigate the cost of your custom oral appliance. Our team will be happy to help you figure out your benefits and use them to achieve a better night’s rest!
How to Get Started
Whether you think you might have sleep apnea or have already been diagnosed, Dr. Lively or Dr. Hand can help you. All you need to do is schedule a consultation. He’ll give you a brief exam, discuss your treatment options, and if needed, he can help you undergo a sleep study as well.
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