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 your airways closed. The short-term suffocation that results creates excessive strain on the body, which may result in health 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 an adenoidectomy, maxillofacial surgery, tonsillectomy, or a CPAP device. Sometimes, people aren't happy with these options. In these instances, they may turn to dental appliances to help alleviate the issue. At Newton Centre Dental in Newton, MA, we concentrate on producing custom-fit nighttime guards to offer relief to our sleep apnea patients. Our team of experienced dentists is pleased to provide this easy, comfy, and dependable support that will help you attain better health and well-being.
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Women or men who suffer from severe sleep apnea aren't ideal candidates for dental-based remedies. In these circumstances, a CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) machine might be among the greatest choices. However, in case you have a mild to moderate snoring issue, a dental appliance might be exactly what you need. 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 reaching your brain and other organs. So naturally, it's imperative to have it diagnosed and treated properly using the very best options available.
What To Expect
Sleep apnea therapy at Newton Centre Dental 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 many sports or even a retainer. The primary 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 our team will work together with you to decide which one is best for you. This may be determined after following an assessment of your jaw, tongue, airway, and teeth. You may also need to have oral x-rays performed to create detailed impressions of your teeth for your dental appliance creation.
After your dental appliance has been created at the technologically advanced dental laboratory, you will return to our office for a fitting. Newton Centre Dental will call you to set up your follow-up appointment. A member of our team will adjust and fit the appliance 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 sleep apnea appliance that includes the proper way to clean, store, and maintain it. Our team will ask you to bring your mouthpiece to future appointments and return every year to check for wear and tear. Your overall quality of life will dramatically improve if you adhere to our directions correctly.
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 more affordable, Newton Centre Dental accepts several payment methods and may have the ability to assist you in finding low-interest medical financing.
Sleep Apnea Treatments
If your breathing was interrupted numerous times every day due to your airway being obstructed, you would seek treatment right away. However, when the same thing occurs during your sleep, it is all too simple to ignore. If you think you might be experiencing sleep apnea, then we invite you to schedule an appointment at Newton Centre Dental at your first convenience.