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Sleep Apnea

If you have obstructive sleep apnea, do not let it go untreated. High blood pressure is linked to sleep apnea as your body reacts to low oxygen levels in your blood. Having high blood pressure increases your risk of having a heart attack or a stroke.

What Should I Do if I Have Sleep Apnea in Florida?

If you have a diagnosis of sleep apnea from a sleep doctor, we can help you with an oral appliance for sleep apnea in Florida. You will not stop breathing so often because an oral appliance prevents the muscles in your throat and around your tongue from collapsing and obstructing your airway.

Do People Always Have Sleep Apnea Symptoms?

Sleepers with sleep apnea will gasp for air or make choking noises, and they may have none or all of the following symptoms:

  • Loud snoring
  • Being irritable
  • Being overweight or obese
  • Having a neck size of over 16 inches
  • An inability to pay attention
  • Feeling fatigued every day

Are There Sleep Apnea Causes?

Men over age 40 are more likely to develop OSA, especially African-American and Latino men. The majority of men and women with OSA are overweight and they may have family members with the sleep disorder. It is important to remember that anyone can develop OSA at any age.

How Do I Know Which Sleep Apnea Treatment is Right for Me?

You should discuss this with your sleep doctor. You have only two choices, aside from lifestyle changes; a CPAP machine and an oral appliance for sleep apnea. You may be offered a CPAP machine with a mask that you have to wear all night. About 50 percent of the CPAP machines end up gathering dust somewhere because they are noisy or the person did not like wearing the mask.

If you would prefer an oral appliance, call our office. We would be happy to show you how the lightweight devices that are no more difficult to use than a sports mouth guard. If neither option works for you, your sleep doctor may suggest surgery.

Dental Appliance for Sleep Apnea

How Do I Get a Sleep Apnea Mouth Guard?

A custom sleep apnea mouthpiece from our dentist will improve the quality of your sleep. You will wake up refreshed when you use the device. If you are interested in an alternative to a CPAP machine, contact our office for more information.

What Do Dental Appliances for Sleep Apnea in Florida Cost?

Your oral appliance cost hinges on the type of appliance that you need and the number of adjustments needed to ensure a comfortable fit. Call our office to schedule an appointment with our sleep dentist, who can give you the estimated cost that you will pay.

What Benefits Can Oral Appliance Therapy (OAT) Offer Me?

With OAT, you will have an OSA treatment that is comfortable and easy-to-use. This is important; no OSA treatment will work if you do not like it and neglect to use it. Moreover, an oral appliance is highly portable, simply put it in the supplied case. It won’t take up much room in your carry-on bag. A CPAP machine, with accompanying hose and mask, isn’t so easy to pack.

What Insurance Covers Oral Appliances?

Typically, your health insurance will pay for an oral appliance. OSA is a medical condition, even though a dentist administers OAT. Always verify your coverage before making an appointment to see a sleep doctor and have your test done at a sleep lab. Your coverage may depend on whether you have a referral to see a sleep doctor.

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