Do you snore?
Are you tired during the day?
We Can Help!!
Snoring and chronic sleepiness may be signs of a serious health problem called Obstructive Sleep Apnea. OSA has been linked to a number of serious health conditions including heart disease and stroke. Moreover, the louder you snore, the worse off you may be. A recent study published in the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine indicated that “louder snoring can be an indication of more severe obstructive sleep apnea”. In addition, your snoring affects your spouse’s sleep quality as well.
Another common symptom of sleep apnea is daytime sleepiness, caused by poor quality sleep. Fragmented sleep places significant strain on the body and relationships, affects job performance, and increases risk for car and work-place accidents. You may be surprised to know that 90% of people with Sleep Apnea don’t know they have it.
WHAT IS SLEEP APNEA?
Obstructive Sleep Apnea occurs when soft tissue in the rear of the throat collapses blocking the airway. This may occur 30 times or more an hour and cause the patient to stop breathing anywhere from 10 seconds to 3 minutes.
COULD I HAVE SLEEP APNEA?
Common risk factors for sleep apnea include being overweight, having a large neck, having high blood pressure, having a narrow airway, having chronic nasal congestion, having diabetes, being male, family history, smoking, and excessive alcohol use.
IS IT REALLY A BIG DEAL? IT’S JUST SNORING, RIGHT?
Wrong!!! Obstructive Sleep Apnea may lead to heart disease, heart attacks, type 2 diabetes, weight gain, daytime fatigue, eye problems like glaucoma, complications with medications and surgery, morning headaches, mood swings, memory problems, feelings or depression, and nocturia (the need to urinate frequently at night).
ORAL APPLIANCE THERAPY
A custom oral appliance made by your dentist can effectively treat snoring and Obstructive Sleep Apnea. It works in two ways: by moving the tongue and jaw forward to create more space in the airway, and by holding the jaw forward, it provides support to the airway and soft palate. Unlike the generic devices seen on tv for 3 payments of $29.99, a professionally-made custom oral appliance is comfortable, adjustable, and covered by many health insurance plans. Oral appliances have been approved by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine and have proven to be as effective as CPAP (Continuous Positive Air Pressure) for the treatment of mild to moderate Sleep Apnea.
IS THIS RIGHT FOR ME?
To determine if you have Sleep Apnea, you should first see a sleep-trained dentist, like Dr. Harper and Dr. George at Total Dental Care, or your general physician, for screening. If the screening suggests that you may have Sleep Apnea, you will be referred to a sleep clinic or pulmonologist for a sleep study. The testing is covered by most health insurance plans.
If the test reveals that you have severe Sleep Apnea, then Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) therapy is usually the best treatment. But if you have mild to moderate Sleep Apnea, the oral appliance is a great treatment option.
WILL MY HEALTH INSURANCE PAY FOR THE ORAL APPLIANCE?
If your sleep study determines that you have sleep apnea, then most medical insurance providers will cover some or all of the cost of a custom-made oral appliance.
WHAT’S THE FIRST STEP?
Call us today at 582-CARE to schedule a sleep consultation!!