Advanced Dental Care of Ocoee
1231 Blackwood Avenue, Ocoee, FL 34761
Having untreated obstructive sleep apnea, the most common type of sleep apnea, can reduce your quality of life, and that of your family and friends as well. When you are too tired to engage in social and family activities, you miss having fun and your family and friends miss spending time with you.
When an individual with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) goes to sleep, they do not sleep for very long. Their airway is repeatedly blocked by a lack of control by their throat muscles, which causes the soft tissue in the throat to collapse. They wake up for a second to regain control of their throat muscles and begin breathing once more. People usually do not remember these incidents, so they cannot figure out why they are feeling so exhausted.
If your loved one has the following symptoms, encourage him or her to see a doctor for a referral to a sleep doctor as soon as possible:
Typically, individuals with OSA are overweight; the problem is the large neck circumference that comes with being overweight, especially for men. When men gain weight, it usually settles in their neck and torso and fat tissue surrounds the airway. A neck size greater than 16 inches gives an individual a high risk for OSA.
CPAP machines are the most popular treatment for OSA. Although, people have reported feeling claustrophobic because of the mask or they wake up in a panic. With consistent use, CPAP therapy is effective, but there is an alternative. Oral appliances are becoming increasingly popular with individuals who have mild or moderate OSA because they are easy to use. Anyone who has worn a retainer as a child or anyone uses a sports mouth guard, will not mind the oral appliance. Surgery is a last resort, recommended only if CPAP and oral appliance therapy have not stopped the OSA symptoms.
If you have sleep apnea in Ocoee and are interested in dental appliance treatment, contact our office to schedule an appointment.
There is a very good chance that a lightweight, custom-fitted oral appliance can treat your mild to moderate OSA. The appliance repositions you lower jaw or tongue to ensure your airway remains open. If you are interested in an oral appliance for sleep apnea in Ocoee, contact our office to schedule an appointment.
The fee for your sleep apnea mouth guard depends on which type of appliance our dentist determines that you need and if you have health insurance that covers part of the cost. Please call our dental office for more information.
The American Academy of Sleep Medicine recommends oral appliance therapy for adults with OSA. Especially, when they ask for the therapy or adults find that they are not happy with CPAP therapy.
Even though our dentist oversees your oral appliance therapy, your health insurance plan may cover the cost of your appliance. Coverage for sleep apnea varies; contact your health insurance provider for more information.