What is Sleep Apnea Treatment?
Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is a common yet concerning disorder that affects many Plymouth and Kingston, MA patients. Sleep apnea occurs when the soft tissues in the back of the mouth and throat relax and collapse into the airways, causing repetitive bouts of breathing cessation during sleep. This momentary oxygen deprivation creates excessive stress on the body, which can lead to heart problems, stroke, and other serious medical conditions. While continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) therapy is often recommended for treating OSA, many patients find this device intolerable and are turning to oral appliance therapy for sleep apnea care. At Plymouth Dental Group, our general dentists offer custom-fit oral appliances to alleviate sleep apnea conditions along with snoring and related symptoms. Schedule a consultation with our team to find out more about oral appliance therapy and get the quality sleep you've been missing.
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Is Sleep Apnea Affecting You?
People who suffer from severe sleep apnea are not good candidates to receive a dental-based solution. In such scenarios, a CPAP machine or surgeries like an adenoidectomy, maxillofacial surgery, or a tonsillectomy might be the better treatment option. However, if you have mild to moderate sleep apnea or snoring issues, or cannot tolerate CPAP therapy, an oral appliance known as a mandibular advancement device (MAD) might be a good solution. Untreated sleep apnea can be hazardous to your health and may lead to hypertension, cardiovascular illness, memory loss, mood changes, weight gain, fatigue, and other alarming conditions. It is therefore critical to find a viable solution to treat sleep apnea. Some of the common signs and symptoms of sleep apnea include:
- Loud snoring, choking, or gasping for air
- Morning headaches or dry mouth
- Insomnia or difficulty waking
- Feeling sleepy or groggy throughout the day
- Moodiness or irritability
- Weight gain
How is Sleep Apnea Treated?
Sleep apnea therapy by our dentists at Plymouth Dental Group includes a custom oral (mandibular advancement) appliance worn in the mouth at night. It is similar to a sports mouth guard or night guard and keeps the lower jaw (mandible) in a forward position to maintain an open airway. Since there are several types of oral appliances that may be used, our dentists will work with you to help you select the one that best meets your needs. Once your sleep apnea is diagnosed, our team will take an impression of your mouth, which a special dental lab will use to customize your appliance.
Will I need Follow-up Sleep Apnea Treatments?
Once your appliance has been manufactured at a high-tech dental laboratory, it will be ready for a fitting. Plymouth Dental Group will contact you to set up your follow-up appointment. Our dentists will adjust your oral sleep apnea device and fit it according to your needs to ensure it's as comfortable as possible. We will set aside plenty of time to teach you about your snoring/sleep apnea device, including the proper way to clean, store, and maintain it. Please bring your oral appliance to your routine dental appointments so that we can monitor it for wear and tear. Wearing your device as instructed can help minimize your sleep apnea symptoms and improve your quality of sleep.
Is Sleep Apnea Treatment Covered by Insurance?
As insurance benefits for sleep apnea appliances may vary, we will contact your dental insurance company to review your plan and let you know of any out-of-pocket expenses. Our team at Plymouth Dental Group accepts several affordable payment methods and can help you apply for low-interest medical financing.
Improve Your Quality of Sleep
If you are in the Plymouth or Kingston, MA area and are suffering from snoring or sleep apnea, we encourage you to schedule an appointment with our dentists at your earliest convenience. Getting quality sleep each night is important to your health and overall well-being. For more information about finding relief with oral appliance therapy, get in touch with our team at Plymouth Dental Group.