Baystate Dental of Chicopee
516 Montgomery St, Chicopee, MA 01020
Do you suffer from poor sleep quality due to snoring or frequent interruptions in your breathing? If so, our dentists might have the snoring solutions and treatments available for you to help treat your sleep apnea.
If you have this common sleeping disorder, your breathing is frequently interrupted while you are asleep. The pauses in breathing can last from a couple of seconds to a minute or two and can affect the total amount of oxygen received by your body and brain.
Loud and chronic snoring is the most noticeable sign of sleep apnea. However, there are other symptoms that may indicate that you are suffering from sleep apnea, they include:
When you breathe during your waking hours, your throat muscles are stiff and help keep your airway open. For people with this sleeping disorder, these muscles relax, resulting in the airway collapsing and obstructing breathing. The following risk factors can also increase your risk of developing this disorder:
There are many treatment options available for this sleeping disorder, but many of our patients find relief from a custom-designed dental appliance. This device helps to keep your airway open while you are sleeping and can significantly improve your sleep quality and reduce symptoms like snoring and pauses in breathing. Lifestyle changes, such as sleeping on your side instead of your back, losing weight, and avoiding alcohol, may also be effective. Surgery is another option, but is only considered after all other treatments have proven to be ineffective. When you come into our office for sleep apnea in Chicopee treatment, our group of professionals will work with you to design a treatment plan that is the most effective for your individual needs.
An oral appliance works by bringing your jaw forward, and keeping your throat and airways open. This can relieve snoring and other unpleasant symptoms. Your oral appliance is only worn during sleep and is very similar in appearance to a sports mouth guard or orthodontic retainer.
How much your oral appliance costs depends on a variety of factors, such as whether you have medical insurance and the type of sleep apnea mouthpiece you receive. To learn more about the cost of an oral appliance, contact our office.
In addition to improving the quality of your sleep and helping you feel more refreshed upon waking, oral appliance therapy offers many benefits. An oral appliance therapy device is much more comfortable to wear compared to other treatments, such as wearing a mask over your nose and mouth. Your oral appliance is also the perfect size for travel and easy to wear. Since it’s a non-invasive treatment, your oral appliance can eliminate the need for surgery or other more invasive treatments. Schedule an appointment today for more information about how you can benefit from oral appliance therapy.
Most medical plans will offer coverage for your oral appliance. If you are concerned about any costs associated with your oral appliance for sleep apnea in Chicopee, contact your insurance provider.