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Advanced Dental Care of Mandarin
3667 Crown Point Road, Jacksonville, FL 32257

If you are tired every day and you wake up trying to breathe, you may have obstructive sleep apnea. Fortunately, we treat sleep apnea in Mandarin with an oral appliance, which can help you get a better night’s sleep.

What Are the Characteristics of Sleep Apnea?

This sleep disorder is characterized by airway tissue collapsing, so a person cannot breathe for anywhere from multiple seconds to one minute. That is a long time to go without oxygen, which is why a person with sleep apnea will wake up gasping for air. This goes on all night, leaving the person exhausted during the day from lack of sleep.

What Sleep Apnea Symptoms Should I Look for If I’m Worried My Spouse Has OSA?

Look for:

  • Your spouse making choking sounds while asleep
  • You spouse loudly inhaling after 10 seconds or more of not breathing
  • Loud snoring with occasional long pauses between snores
  • Someone who is always tired all day long
  • Your spouse waking up complaining of a pounding headache

What Are the Risk Factors for OSA?

Common sleep apnea causes include:

  • Excess weight, especially in the neck
  • Drinking alcohol before going to bed
  • Using sedatives
  • Having a thick tongue
  • Having large tonsils
  • Having a small lower jaw

Men are more likely to be diagnosed with sleep apnea more often than women. A man’s extra weight generally settles in his torso and in his neck, which narrows the airway.

Can a Dentist Provide Sleep Apnea Treatment?

Yes, if you are interested in a sleep apnea mouthpiece as an alternative to using a CPAP machine. Compliance can be low with CPAP machines; people often cite the mask as a reason for not using the machine. Our dentist can provide an easy-to-use sleep apnea mouth guard to help you get a better night’s sleep. Call our office to learn more about getting an oral appliance for sleep apnea in Mandarin.

If you are overweight, losing weight often will reduce symptoms, as will other lifestyle changes. In time, you may be able to stop using your CPAP machine or your mouth guard.

Dental Appliance for Sleep Apnea

How Does an Oral Appliance for Sleep Apnea Work?

Oral appliances prevent your tongue and throat tissues from obstructing your airway by gently shifting your lower jaw forward, bringing your tongue forward as well. A dentist will have an appliance tailor-made for you by taking an impression of your teeth to ensure a custom fit.

How Much Is a Dental Appliance for Sleep Apnea?

Your dental appliance cost is based on the appliance that your dentist decides that you need to reduce your sleep apnea symptoms. Call our office for a consultation to learn what an oral appliance will cost you, based on your unique needs.

Is Oral Appliance Therapy (OAT) Easy?

Oral appliance therapy for sleep apnea in Mandarin is quite easy. You insert your oral appliance into your mouth before going to sleep, and then you take it out after you wake up. You don’t have to plug it in, it is silent and an oral appliance will not make you feel claustrophobic.

Before you leave our office, your dentist will make sure you know how to use the appliance and how to clean it.

What Type of Insurance May Cover OAT?

Your health insurance may cover OAT because sleep apnea is a medical condition. Left untreated, OSA will increase a person’s risk for serious health issues, including high blood pressure. Even though a dentist administers OAT treatment, a physician must make the diagnosis. Review your health insurance policy to determine if you are covered for treatment.

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