Sleep Apnea Treatments (Oral Appliance Therapy, OAT) – Arlington Heights, IL

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Overview

The disorder known as sleep apnea is recognized by persistent stops in your breathing while you sleep. This is caused by the muscles relaxing and gravity pulling close your airways. The short-term suffocation that results creates excessive strain on the body, which may result in heart complications like memory loss, mood change, weight gain, fatigue, and hypertension. There are lots of sleep or snoring apnea alternatives to choose from, varying from airway surgeries such as a adenoidectomy, maxillofacial surgery, tonsillectomy or a CPAP device. Sometimes people aren't happy with these solutions. In these instances, they may turn to dental choices to help resolve the issue. At our facility in Arlington Heights, IL, we concentrate on producing custom-fit nighttime guards to offer relief to our sleep apnea patients. Springer/Orser Dentistry is pleased to provide this easy, comfortable, and dependable support that will help you attain better health and well-being.

Best Candidates

Men or women who suffer with severe sleep apnea aren't great candidates to receive a dental-based remedy. In these situations, a CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) machine might be among the greatest choices. However, in the case that you have a mild to moderate snoring issue, a dental remedy might be exactly what you want. Sleep apnea may be harmful because it stops you from breathing normally hundreds of times every night as the cells in your soft palate and throat collapse. When this occurs, your airway is obstructed, keeping oxygen from getting to your brains and other organs. So naturally, it's crucial to have it treated and diagnosed properly using the very best options available.

What To Expect

Sleep apnea therapy uses what's known as oral appliance therapy (OAT), which may be quite an effective treatment for sleep apnea. It's a customized device that fits in your mouth at night. It is often compared to a mouth guard for athletic events or even a retainer. The major difference is that rather than protecting your teeth from harm, it softly places the jaw into a forward position to continue to keep your airway open. There are over a hundred distinct versions on the market, so we will work together with you to be certain to receive the most suitable one for you. This may be determined after an assessment of your jaw, tongue, airway, and teeth. You'll also have oral x-rays performed so that we are able to create detailed impressions of your teeth for your dental appliance.

Follow-Up

After your dental appliance has been created at the technologically advanced dental laboratory, you will return to our office for a fitting. We will call you to set up your follow-up appointment. We will adjust and fit it according to your requirements to make it as comfortable as possible. We will also make sure to allow ample time to teach you about your snoring/sleep apnea appliance to include the proper way to clean, store, and maintain it. Additionally, we will advise you to bring your mouthpiece to future appointments and return every year to watch for wear and tear. Your overall quality of life will dramatically improve if you adhere to our directions correctly.

Insurance Coverage

Insurance policies for sleep apnea therapies may fluctuate, therefore we'll contact your dental insurance carrier to help us determine your out-of-pocket expenses. Whether you carry dental insurance or not, we can give you price estimates while talking about your treatment choices. To help make your dental treatments cheaper, our practice also takes several payment methods and might have the ability to assist you in finding low-interest medical financing.

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Sleep Apnea Treatments

If your breathing was interrupted numerous times every day due to your own airway being obstructed, you'd find help straight away. However, if the exact same thing occurs during your sleep, it may be all too simply to ignore as you won't recall it when you awaken. If you think you might be experiencing sleep apnea, then we invite you to schedule an appointment at Springer/Orser Dentistry at your first convenience.

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