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Do you or a loved one stop breathing at night? If you have a diagnosis of obstructive sleep apnea and you got a CPAP machine, you may still have apnea events. Many CPAP machines reside in closets or their original box. Fortunately, we can help. Our dentist offers oral appliances that are silent, easy-to-wear and portable. Call us today for an appointment and begin having rejuvenating sleep once again with an oral appliance for sleep apnea in Orlando
What Does Obstructive Sleep Apnea Mean?
It means that you have a sleep disorder where you stop breathing because your airway is blocked. Either your tongue falls backward or the soft tissues in your throat collapse and cannot hold the airway open. You don’t begin breathing again until your brain realizes that your oxygen levels are too low and it wakes you up to tighten your throat muscles and begin breathing.
What Are Some of the Sleep Apnea Symptoms I May See?
If you or a loved one has these symptoms, seek treatment for sleep apnea in Orlando:
- Waking up during the night gasping for air
- Loud snoring
- Feeling exceptionally tired every day
- Unable to concentrate
- Memory problems
What Are Some Sleep Apnea Causes?
Common causes of OSA are:
- Being overweight
- Having a thick neck
- Having a thick tongue
- Drinking alcohol excessively
Where Can I Find Effective Treatment for Sleep Apnea in Orlando?
Your first step before starting treatment should be to see a sleep doctor and have an overnight study done at a sleep lab to establish whether you have mild, moderate or severe OSA.
If your sleep doctor suggests CPAP therapy, but you are not comfortable wearing a mask while you sleep, ask your doctor to refer you to us for a sleep apnea mouth guard. A mouth guard is like a retainer or a sports mouth guard and most patients find it easy to wear. Surgical options are a last resort.
Dental Appliance for Sleep Apnea
What Does a Sleep Apnea Mouthpiece Do?
A mouthpiece gently moves the lower jaw forward and opens the bite a little bit, which keeps the airway open. Other mouthpieces keep the tongue in position, while some mouthpieces do both. Our dentist will ensure that you receive the oral appliance that you need. Call us today to schedule your appointment.
Are Oral Appliances Expensive?
Oral appliances are not expensive compared to other sleep apnea treatments. Our dentist can let you know the anticipated cost once he or she examines your mouth, reviews your diagnosis and decides which is the best mouth guard for you. Call our office to schedule an appointment. It’s the first step toward better sleep quality.
What Does Oral Appliance Therapy Offer?
Oral appliance therapy offers a portable way to stop your sleep apnea symptoms wherever you go overnight. It is typically reimbursable through insurance since it is an effective treatment. Additionally, an oral appliance is more comfortable than CPAP therapy, which means you will be more likely to continue your sleep apnea treatment with the appliance.
Will My Dental Insurance Pay for an Oral Appliance for Sleep Apnea?
Health insurance, not dental insurance, typically pays for oral appliance therapy. Sleep apnea is a medical condition that can have serious medical consequences if it is not treated.