Sleep Apnea Treatment and Oral Appliance Therapy
There are many ways to treat sleep apnea, which obstructs your airway while you sleep. Our 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 mouthguard to help treat sleep apnea and snoring. This mouthguard, 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:
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.
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 mouthguard will be created based on the patient’s needs. When the mouthguard 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 mouthguard every night and follow care instructions given by their dentist. Patients should bring their mouthguard in 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.
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.