Do you often wake with a headache or feeling groggy?
Do you feel sleepy or grumpy during the day?
Did you realize that undiagnosed and untreated sleep apnea can have an undesirable impact on your quality of life as well as your overall health?
FAQ – Frequently Asked Questions
What Is Sleep Apnea?
Sleep apnea is a condition in which the airway collapses during sleep, causing interrupted breathing and decreased oxygen levels. This can in turn lead to other health conditions. Sleep apnea can occur at any age, but the condition is most common in adults over age 40.
What Are the Most Common Symptoms of Sleep Apnea?
- Constant loud snoring
- Choking or gasping for air during sleep
- Headaches upon waking
- Sore throat or dry mouth upon waking
- Drowsiness during the day
While you sleep, the muscles surrounding your airway relax, which can sometimes restrict airflow. There are certain factors that can contribute to an individual’s likelihood for developing sleep apnea. These include:
- Being overweight
- Being male
- Having a neck size measuring 16 inches or more
- Having a family history of sleep apnea or other sleep disorders
How Can My Dentists Help?
At London Bridge Smiles, we can provide a sleep screening consultation and assessment, as well as equipment for an at-home sleep test. This is more comfortable for you and costs less than an in-lab sleep test. Once the results are diagnosed by a board-certified sleep physician, treatment options are discussed.
What Treatment Options Are Available for Sleep Apnea?
Those with mild cases of sleep apnea can often manage the condition with lifestyle changes like weight loss or learning to sleep on their side. A CPAP device is the most common treatment for sleep apnea. However, some people end up not using their CPAP, which is a serious health risk. A sleep apnea oral appliance is also an effective treatment option for many people.
How Does a Sleep Apnea Oral Appliance Work?
A sleep apnea oral appliance, which is similar to a mouthguard, is custom-made to fit your mouth. The device holds the jaw and tongue in a forward position, thus expanding the airway and promoting better breathing while you sleep. Many patients who wear a sleep apnea oral appliance each night see a reduction in their symptoms.
How Much Does Oral Appliance Therapy Cost?
There are certain factors that determine the cost of the oral appliance process, including:
- The type of device chosen
- The number of follow-up visits needed
- Your insurance coverage
Most medical insurance companies will provide full or partial coverage for sleep apnea appliance treatment, as they consider this a necessary treatment. As every insurance company differs, it is necessary to contact your provider before receiving treatment. Our team will provide an estimate for any out-of-pocket costs.
What Are the Advantages of Oral Appliance Therapy?
- Relief from sleep apnea symptoms
- Improved sleep quality
- Increased daily energy levels
- The appliance is portable, easy to clean, and great for travelling