Sleep apnea is a disorder that disrupts normal breathing during sleep. Disruptions can be slow and shallow breathing or even stopped breathing that lasts longer than 10 seconds. If you have severe sleep apnea you might wake up 20, 30, or 40 times per hour every night. You can't function well without good sleep. Sleep apnea can lead to depression, anxiety, and heart problems.
Signs of sleep apnea include sleepiness during the day, waking up tired, headaches when you wake, and irritability. The only way to get a sleep apnea diagnosis is to do a home sleep test (HST). You won't have to go to a sleep clinic.
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There are many different causes for snoring. If you have sleep apnea, you may not need to have surgery to stop snoring. While "stop snoring" devices like SnoreStop may help some, we recommend coming in for a sleep test. If you are diagnosed with sleep apnea an appliance or CPAP machine can help you stop snoring.
In most cases yes. It depends on your age and specific medical history. If you continue you treatment it will help you sleep through the night. Over the counter medicine, sleep aids or sleeping pills, won't work for patients with obstructive sleep apnea. But they are sometimes prescribed to help you get comfortable with your treatment, whether it is a machine or an appliance.
Sleep apnea is a medical condition that's usually covered by Medical insurance. What your medical insurance covers depends on the policy.
CPAP machines use pressure to keep your airways open during sleep. They usually include three parts: a small machine, a length of tube, and a mask. Resmed and Philips Respironics are the most popular CPAP machine brands. You can also purchase extra CPAP supplies. Different pillows and masks can help with comfort.
If your treatment involves a CPAP machine you will need to wear a sleep mask. There are several different types of sleep apnea mask. Some masks cover your nose while others cover your nose and mouth. There are other treatments that don't involve masks, like an oral appliance. Please ask your dentist for more information.
Your first appointment will be a free consultation. We will take as much time as we need to answer all of your questions. Most visits will take 30 minutes but some may take longer depending on the type of appointment.
There are CPAP alternatives. An oral appliance, like a mouthpiece, is right for you if you are hesitant about wearing a mask. An appliance treats sleep apnea without a mask. Patients using an appliance, not a CPAP, are more likely to continue their treatment. Appliances are comfortable and simple to use. They are best for patients with mild to moderate sleep apnea.
An oral appliance is also called a Jaw Advancing Device (JAD) or Mandibular Advancement Device (MAD). These sleep apnea oral appliances are custom-made by your dentist using a plastic-like mold to form to the specific shape of the patient’s teeth and mouth.
The average cost for a sleep apnea mouth guard is estimated at $1800 – $2000. This includes the actual mouthpiece, dental visits, adjustments, follow-ups and modifications to the dental device. Most health insurance plans cover sleep apnea oral appliances.