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.
"I love the staff at City Smiles, from day one they’ve done everything they could do to make me feel comfortable, the staff really cares about you! Dr. Ross is knowledgeable, sensitive and so caring! Called me after a filling to check on me.. knowing how nervous I was. The entire practice is fantastic!"- K.R. / Google / Aug 24, 2018
"I am a patient of Dr. Ross and his team for 23+ years. I think this fact of the matter speaks for itself. Therefore I can stop here."- S.K. / Google / Aug 02, 2018
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"Very professional yet approachable employees across the board. Clean, quick and also thorough. I definitely felt like I was getting a superstar treatment!"- R.B. / Google / Jul 23, 2018
"I found Dr Stuart Ross at the turn of the century. I was looking for an outstanding dentist at the technological edge and I found him. I fell into much more - a beautiful office, a well organized business that hums for the patient, super teamwork by the professional staff, a great patient-first attitude, and first rate people who are there year after year. It must be a great place to work. Ashley and Tina have been looking after me and making me laugh, not just smile, for over ten years. Highly recommended. If you need an entire new mouth, Dr Ross and team can build you one in an afternoon. Advanced dentistry at its best and most human."- C.G. / Google / Jul 31, 2018
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.