The disorder known as sleep apnea is recognized by repeated stops in your breathing while you sleep. This is caused by the muscles relaxing and gravity pulling close your airways. The momentary suffocation that develops creates excessive strain on the body, which may lead to heart complications, like hypertension, memory loss, mood change, weight gain, and fatigue. There are lots of sleep or snoring apnea solutions to choose from varying from airway surgeries, such as a adenoidectomy, maxillofacial surgery, tonsillectomy or a CPAP device. Sometimes people aren't satisfied with these solutions. In these cases, they may turn to dental options to help resolve the issue. At Implant & General Dentistry in Murfreesboro, TN, we concentrate on producing custom-fit night guards to offer relief to our sleep apnea patients. Andrew Flipse, D.M.D. is pleased to offer this easy, comfortable, and dependable support that will help you attain a healthier and more comfortable night's sleep.
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Men or women who suffer with severe sleep apnea aren't good candidates to receive a dental-based remedy. In these situations, a CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) machine may be among the greatest choices. However, in case you have a mild to moderate snoring issue, a dental solution might be exactly what you want. Sleep apnea can be harmful because it stops you from breathing hundreds of times a night as the cells in your soft palate and throat collapse. When this occurs, your airway is obstructed, preventing oxygen from getting to your brain 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 by Dr. Flipse at Implant & General Dentistry uses what's known as oral appliance therapy (OAT), which may be a very 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 injury, it softly places the jaw into a forward position to continue to keep your airway open. There are over a hundred different versions on the market so Dr. Flipse will work with you to be certain you receive the most suitable one for you. This will be determined after he performs an examination of your teeth, jaw, tongue, and airway. You'll also have oral x-rays performed so that Dr. Flipse can create detailed impressions of your teeth for your dental appliance.
After your appliance has been manufactured at the technologically advanced dental laboratory, it will be time for a fitting. Implant & General Dentistry will call you for your follow-up appointment. Dr. Flipse will adjust and fit it according to your feedback to make it as comfortable as possible. He will also take as much time as you need to teach you about your sleep apnea appliance to include the proper way to store, clean, and maintain it. Dr. Flipse will ask you to bring your device to future appointments and return every year to check for wear and tear. Your overall quality of life will dramatically improve if you wear your device on a nightly basis.
Insurance coverage for sleep apnea therapies may fluctuate; therefore, we'll make contact with your dental insurance provider to help us determine your out-of-pocket expenses. Whether you carry dental insurance or not, we can give you price estimates while discussing your treatment choices. To help make your dental procedures affordable, Implant & General Dentistry takes several payment methods and can assist you in finding low-interest medical financing.
Sleep Apnea Treatments
If your breathing was interrupted numerous times every day due to your own airway being obstructed, you'd find treatment straight away. However, if the exact same thing occurs during your sleep, it can be all too simple to ignore since you won't recall it when you awaken. If you think you might be experiencing sleep apnea, then we encourage you to arrange for an appointment at Implant & General Dentistry.