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Getting a good night’s sleep is important in maintaining your health and being productive throughout the day. If you find yourself frequently waking during the night gasping or choking, or if you experience interruptions in your breathing, oral appliance therapy might be the treatment you need.
Sleep Apnea Information
Sleep apnea is a chronic condition that typically affects people over 40 and disrupts your sleep by affecting your breathing. This can be very dangerous since your brain and rest of your body are not getting adequate amounts of oxygen.
Sleep Apnea Symptoms Overview
One of the most common signs of sleep apnea is loud snoring while you are sleeping. Other signs and symptoms include:
- Making choking or gasping sounds while asleep
- Silent pauses in breathing while asleep
- Waking up with a headache
- Awakening with a sore throat or dry mouth
- Daytime sleepiness
Overview of Sleep Apnea Causes
Now that you’re aware of the most common symptoms, let’s explore some common causes of this sleeping disorder. When you’re awake, the muscles in your throat are stiff, keeping your airway open. However, when you are sleeping the muscles within your throat relax causing your throat to narrow. For most people, the narrowing of the throat will not prevent the symptoms associated with this sleep disorder. However, if you have any of the following symptoms, you may be at an increased risk for developing sleep apnea.
- Being overweight
- Being male
- A family history of the disease
- Having a neck size larger than 16 inches
Sleep apnea can be treated in many ways. Making a few simple lifestyle changes, like sleeping on your side or losing weight, may improve your symptoms. A common solution for many of our patients is a small dental appliance worn while you are sleeping. The device is custom-made to fit your mouth and reduces snoring and pauses in breathing by keeping your airway open while you are asleep. More severe cases may require surgery.
Are you suffering from sleep apnea in Manassas? Your dentist may be able to help. Contact us today to schedule an appointment, and learn how a dentist can evaluate your symptoms and recommend an oral appliance based on your unique needs.
Oral Appliance for Sleep Apnea: An Overview
Worn only during sleep, your oral appliance is designed to keep your jaw in a forward position, keeping your airway expanded and making it easier to breathe while you’re sleeping.
Cost of an Oral Appliance
How much you will pay for an oral appliance is determined by the type of sleep apnea mouthpiece you receive and whether or not you have medical insurance. To receive more information about how much your oral appliance may cost, contact us today.
Tell Me More About the Benefits of Oral Appliance Therapy Treatment (OAT)
Since your sleep apnea mouthpiece is custom-designed to fit the unique shape of your mouth, most of our patients find that their oral appliance is very comfortable to wear while they’re sleeping. This oral appliance is also small and easy to transport, making it the perfect option for traveling. Wearing the mouth guard each night can also improve your sleep quality and help you feel more alert during the day, and since it’s a non-invasive treatment, it may eliminate the need for surgery. To find out if you can benefit from an oral appliance, please contact our office to schedule an appointment.
Is My Oral Appliance Covered by Insurance?
If you have medical insurance, it’s possible that your plan will cover part or all of the costs for your oral appliance. Your insurance provider will be able to answer any questions you have about coverage for your oral appliance for sleep apnea in Manassas.