Do you experience loud, disruptive snoring or have breathing interruptions while sleeping? Our dentists can provide you with a comprehensive treatment plan and design a custom-made oral appliance to improve your sleep quality and reduce your symptoms.
What Is Sleep Apnea?
It is a sleep disorder that causes your breathing to stop and start repeatedly while you are sleeping. At its most serious, this can be potentially life-threatening since your body may not be receiving the proper amount of oxygen.
What Are the Signs of Sleep Apnea?
The most noticeable sleep apnea symptoms include:
- Loud snoring almost every night
- Choking or gasping during sleep
- Pauses in breathing during sleep
- Waking up with a headache
- Feeling sleepy during the day
- Awakening with a sore or dry throat
Tell Me About Sleep Apnea Causes
When you are awake, your throat muscles keep your airway open so you can breathe easily; however, these muscles relax and narrow when you are sleeping. If you are generally healthy, you may not experience any noticeable symptoms, unless you have any of these risk factors:
- Male gender
- A neck size greater than 16 inches
- A family history of the condition
One of the most effective treatments is a mouth guard that is worn while you are sleeping. We use the latest advances in dental appliances to design a custom-made device to reduce snoring and improve your breathing during sleep. You may also benefit from making a few small lifestyle changes, such as quitting smoking, losing weight, or sleeping on your side rather than your back. For advanced cases, surgery may be required. Ask us about sleep apnea in Western Massachusetts treatment and schedule a consultation today so you start breathing better for a healthy night’s sleep.
How Does an Oral Appliance for Sleep Apnea Work?
A sleep apnea mouth guard works by keeping your tongue and jaw in a stable position, which helps to improve breathing by expanding your airway. It is only worn while you are sleeping and is similar in appearance to a retainer or a mouth guard you might wear while playing sports.
How Much Does an Oral Appliance Cost?
The total amount you will pay is based on the appliance you have during your visit and if you have insurance. For an estimate on how much you might need to pay, please call our clinic.
Oral Appliance Therapy (OAT) Benefits
One of the primary benefits of a sleep apnea mouth guard is its overall ease of use. Your oral appliance is custom-designed for your mouth, allowing you to sleep comfortably in any position. Our patients also appreciate that their oral appliance is non-invasive and can relieve their symptoms without requiring surgery or other more invasive treatments. If you would like more information about the benefits oral appliance therapy provides, call our office to schedule an appointment.
Will My Insurance Cover Oral Appliance Therapy?
In many cases, your medical insurance will cover a portion of the costs associated with oral appliance therapy. For more details about if your oral appliance for sleep apnea in Western Massachusetts is covered, please contact your insurance provider.