What is Obstructive Sleep Apnea?
Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is a prevalent yet severe condition that disrupts natural breathing patterns during sleep. OSA arises when the muscles in the back of the throat become overly relaxed, causing the airways to narrow and interrupt normal breathing. This momentary pause in breathing often places great strain on the body, resulting in snoring, high blood pressure, dry mouth, daytime sleepiness, morning headaches, and other concerning symptoms. Continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) is generally the most recommended form of treatment for OSA, but some patients find this solution quite uncomfortable. In these cases, custom oral appliance therapy may be a suitable option to help reduce the symptoms and risks of sleep apnea. Contact ACE Dental of Bellmead to discover how oral appliance therapy can improve your sleep. Our office is conveniently located in Bellmead, TX.
What are Common Sleep Apnea Symptoms?
Oral appliance therapy may be a good option for individuals who suffer from mild to moderate forms of sleep apnea. For severe cases, CPAP therapy may be your best option. The most common signs and symptoms associated with sleep apnea include:
- Heavy snoring
- Insomnia or restless sleep
- Waking up short of breath
- Waking up with a dry mouth or sore throat
- Waking up abruptly gasping or choking for air
- Mood changes, irritability, or depression
- Chronic fatigue or sleepiness
- Daily headaches or migraines
how is Obstructive Sleep Apnea treated?
At ACE Dental of Bellmead, we use oral appliance therapy to treat mild to intermediate cases of sleep apnea. This involves a custom-made mouth guard called a mandibular advancement device (MAD). Similar to a sports guard, this appliance is worn between the upper and lower arch that slightly adjusts the lower jaw (mandible) in a forward position to keep the airways open. Once your primary physician has confirmed your diagnosis, our team will take impressions of your teeth and send them over to our partner lab where your MAD will be created. After about 1 - 2 weeks, we'll have you return to our office for your fitting and go over instructions on how to best care for your appliance.
How do you care for your oral appliance?
During your secondary visit to ACE Dental of Bellmead, our caring team will make minor adjustments to your mandibular advancement device to ensure a comfortable fit. We will also set aside ample time to educate you about your device, how to keep it clean, the best ways to store it, and review any questions you have about your treatment. We do ask that you bring your appliance with you to all future dental exams so we can keep track of the condition of your device.
what does an oral appliance cost?
Insurance coverage for sleep apnea treatment and oral appliance therapy will differ from company to company. Our insurance specialists will contact your provider to review your policy and calculate your personal expenses. During your initial consultation, we will discuss your costs and the different payment methods we accept at ACE Dental of Bellmead. Our goal is to help make your treatment more affordable.
Sleep Soundly With Oral Appliance Therapy
Loud snoring and chronic fatigue are common symptoms of sleep apnea that should be assessed by a healthcare professional to safeguard your overall well-being. At ACE Dental of Bellmead, we offer custom oral appliances for the treatment of mild to moderate cases of sleep apnea. If you or your loved one are battling this condition, reach out to our team in Bellmead, TX to schedule a consultation today.