About Sleep Apnea
There are many ways to treat sleep apnea, which obstructs your airway while you sleep. Our board-certified dentist, Dr. Stuart Ross helps many patients each year with their sleep apnea treatment, and he starts with oral appliance therapy for qualifying candidates. After a complete consultation and examination of your mouth, we can produce a digital impression of your mouth, and then Dr. Ross can make a customize mouth guard to help treat sleep apnea and snoring. This mouth guard, or night guard, is to be worn only at night while you attempt to get a good night's sleep. For many of our sleep apnea patients a good night's sleep is hard to come by, and we want to make this a thing of the past. The appliance will keep the jaw in the right position throughout the night to prevent obstruction of the airway, and allow the appropriate amount of oxygen into your body.
Oral appliances can help
With the proper oral appliance for sleep apnea, our patients can prevent many larger problems, including:
- High blood pressure
- Heart conditions
- Weight gain
For some patients, it may be necessary to seek more aggressive treatments for sleep apnea, such as a C-PAP machine and humidifier with a sleep mask. If you would like to learn more about oral appliance therapy for sleep apnea, please schedule a consultation with Dr. Ross at our Washington, DC office at your earliest convenience.
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"Dr. Ross and his team are amazingly warm and friendly. They instill a sense of comfort in their patients and do all they can to make sure you understand your different options."- A.H. / Google / Mar 04, 2019
"I just returned from City Smiles and I can't express how happy (and relieved) I am with Dr. Ross and his wonderful team. I'm another one of those terrified about going to the dentist and neglected my teeth for far too long. When I had a major problem last Friday night, my husband (who has been a long-time patient) called Dr. Ross, who fit us in when he didn't have office hours on Saturday. He took his time to explain everything to me and did not make me feel neglectful or embarrassed. His bedside manner is the best I've seen with any doctor. Today, he and Deneen and Ashley took excellent care of me and I know I'll be a regular patient going forward. I can't recommend them highly enough. Thank you Dr. Ross and everyone at City Smiles!"- J.B. / Yelp / Feb 11, 2019
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"Highly, highly recommend City Smiles! Dr. Ross was so personable and thoroughly explained his process. He was very informative and answered all my questions. The staff was incredible as well. Very helpful in regards to insurance questions and dealing with the insurance provider."- M.S. / Google / Jan 24, 2019
What to Expect
Patients should get a sleep study to confirm their sleep apnea and go over possible treatments. If the patient decides to get an oral appliance, a mold will be taken of the patient’s mouth at the dentist. The mold will be sent to a dental laboratory where a custom mouth guard will be created based on the patient’s needs. When the mouth guard is returned to the office, the patient will come in to have their oral appliance fitted. The patient will wear their oral appliance at night to open their airway and minimize or eliminate snoring and sleep apnea.
Patients should wear their mouth guard every night and follow care instructions given by their dentist. Patients should bring their mouth guard to when they visit the dentist for dental exams and cleanings so the dentist can check the fit and wear of the appliance. Proper care will help the night guard last longer, oral appliances will need to be replaced over time.
A custom oral appliance for sleep apnea fees usually include the dental visits, molds, fittings, and follow-up appointment as well as the device itself. Most insurance companies cover some or all of the cost of oral appliance therapy.
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Get A Good Night Sleep
Sleep apnea may be preventing you or your partner from getting a good night’s sleep, but a custom oral appliance can help everyone. Anyone who worries that they or their partner suffers from sleep apnea should schedule a consultation with our experienced dentist, Dr. Ross at City Smiles DC.