About Obstructive Sleep Apnea
Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is a common yet serious disorder that causes breathing to stop repeatedly during sleep. A very concerning condition, OSA occurs when the muscles in the back of the mouth relax and block your airways. This momentary suffocation creates excess strain on the body, which may result in snoring, hypertension, memory loss, mood change, weight gain, fatigue, and other alarming concerns. While CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) is often recommended to treat OSA, some patients find themselves intolerant of this solution. In these instances, our skilled dentists at ACE Dental of Texas offer custom oral appliances to help reduce the symptoms and risks of sleep apnea. Contact one of our practices today to learn about sleep apnea treatment, and get on the path to better health and well-being.
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Common Sleep Apnea Symptoms
Men or women who suffer from severe sleep apnea may not be good candidates for oral appliance therapy. In such circumstances, CPAP therapy may still be the treatment of choice. However, if you have mild to moderate OSA, a dental solution may be ideal for your needs. Sleep apnea may affect your health in a number of ways and should be treated as early as possible. Common sleep apnea symptoms include:
- Loud snoring
- Gasping for air or choking
- Morning dry mouth or sore throat
- Frequent headaches
- Daytime fatigue or grogginess
- Waking up short of breath
- Mood changes or memory fog
- Insomnia or restless sleep
Treating Obstructive Sleep Apnea
Sleep apnea treatment at ACE Dental includes what is known as oral appliance therapy (OAT). With this approach, a custom-made appliance called a mandibular advancement device (MAD) is worn between your upper and lower teeth at night. Similar to an athletic mouth guard, a MAD appliance gently keeps the lower jaw (mandible) into a forward position to help maintain an open airway. Once you have been diagnosed with sleep apnea by your physician, our team will take impressions of your upper and lower teeth and send the molds to a special lab where your MAD will be created. We will have you return a few weeks later for a fitting and show you how to use and care for your sleep apnea appliance.
Caring for Your Oral Appliance
Our ACE Dental team will adjust and fit your mandibular advancement device according to your needs to make it as comfortable as possible. We will allow for plenty of time to teach you about your snoring and sleep apnea device and show you the proper way to store, clean, and maintain it. We ask that you bring your sleep apnea appliance to routine dental visits so we can monitor your device for wear and tear. When worn as recommend, an oral appliance can help improve your quality of sleep and reduce common symptoms, like snoring.
Insurance Coverage for Oral Appliances
Insurance benefits for sleep apnea oral appliance therapy may vary according to each individual policy. Before taking your impressions, our treatment coordinator will review your benefits and let you know what any out-of-pocket costs might be. To help make your care more affordable, ACE Dental accepts several payment methods and can help you apply for special low-interest financing.
Sleep Soundly With Oral Appliance Therapy
Snoring and other symptoms may be an indication of a sleep apnea condition and other concerns for your health. At ACE Dental of Texas, our dentists offer custom oral appliances to treat cases of mild to moderate obstructive sleep apnea and help patients enjoy a good night's rest. If you or a loved one might be suffering from sleep apnea, we urge you to schedule a consultation and learn about your options for care.