What is sleep apnea?
Sleep apnea is a sleep disorder that occurs when a person's breathing is interrrupted during sleep. There are two types of sleep apnea: Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) & Central sleep apnea. People with untreated sleep apnea stop breathing repeatedly during their sleep, sometimes hundreds of times a night. In most cases, the sleeper is unaware of the breath stoppages because they do not trigger a full awakening.
Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is caused by a blockage of the airway, usually when the soft tissue in the rear of the throat drops back and collapses during sleep.
Who is at risk for sleep apnea?
You may have sleep apnea if you snore loudly or you feel tired after a full night of sleep.
Sleep apnea is as common as type II diabetes. It affects more than 18million Americans.
What are the complications of untreated sleep apnea?
Increased risk of high blood pressure, heart attack, stroke, obesity, and diabetes.
Increase the risk of, or worsen, heart failure.
Make arrhythmias, or irregular heartbeats, more likely.
Increase the chance of having work-related or driving accidents.
What should you do if you suspect you might have Obstructive Sleep Apnea?
See your doctor first. Your doctor will most likely recommend you have a sleep study done. A sleep study will provide the doctor with information about how you sleep and breathe. This information will help the doctor to determine your diagnosis and treatment options. If you are diagnosed with OSA, your treatment options may range from CPAP therapy, dental appliance, or a diet and exercise regimen.
How does dental treatment of OSA (Obstructive Sleep Apnea) work and what should I expect during my consultation?
The first step is to obtain a medical diagnosis from your medical doctor or sleep specialist. Your doctor will then present you with the treatment options available for your specific condition.
If dental appliance therapy is an option for you, call us to schedule a consultation for sleep apnea appliance therapy.
Your dental consultation will include a comprehensive exam with xrays to determine your dental health and which type of appliance would work best for you.
If you have medical insurance, please bring your ID card with you. OSA is considered a medical condition, and as such, dental appliance therapy is often covered under your medical insurance. We will work with your insurance to pre-approve you for treatment before fitting you with an appliance. Pre-approval allows you to know your exact out of pocket expense before committing to treatment.