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FAQ

  1. Question:
  2. What is oral appliance therapy?

    Answer: 

    One popular sleep apnea treatment option is an oral device. This device is designed to be worn during sleep and
    is fit specifically to your needs and physical attributes.

    In addition, each oral device is custom fit to the patient and their needs. It is well over 90% effective in
    treating mild to moderate sleep apnea and can easily be used in conjunction with other treatment modalities to
    treat severe, very severe, or chronically severe patients.


  3. Question:
  4. Do you take insurance?

    Answer: 

    Yes, we accept most insurance plans. Please give us a call to confirm.


  5. Question:
  6. What is the process if I want to move forward with treatment?

    Answer: 

    You would simply call or email us to set up a consultation. During the consultation, we would go over insurance
    details and treatment plans for your sleep apnea that would be best for you.


  7. Question:
  8. How much does the oral device cost?

    Answer:

    The cost varies depending on your insurance provider, plan, and the type of device needed. In order for us to
    give you a clear estimate of the cost of treatment, we would need to collect your insurance information and set
    you up for a consultation.


  9. Question:
  10. How do I know if I have sleep apnea?

    Answer:

    If you have problems with loud snoring, daytime sleepiness, and/or fatigue, there is a good chance you have
    sleep-disordered breathing or obstructive sleep apnea. A sleep test will help diagnose your sleep apnea and help
    us design a treatment plan just for you!


  11. Question:
  12. How does the oral appliance work?

     Answer:

    The custom-made appliance works by moving your jaw forward and down over time while you are wearing the device.
    Doing this gives your tongue enough room in your mouth to prevent it from blocking your airway. This also allows
    for additional space for the soft palate and uvula.


  13. Question:
  14. Which is better – a CPAP machine or an oral appliance?

    Answer: 

    Both options are able to treat Obstructive Sleep Apnea successfully, so this does come down to compliance. Both
    the CPAP machine and the oral appliance have to be worn every night for treatment. CPAP machines can be great
    for some people, though they have shown lower numbers for compliance. Oral appliances are smaller, easier to
    travel with, and do not require replaceable parts. Oral appliances do have almost double the compliance rate due
    to ease of use.


  15. Question:
  16. Is the oral device hard to use?

    Answer:

    The device is very simple to use. The device comes with an upper and a lower piece. You would put the upper piece
    on your top row of teeth, then put the lower piece on your bottom row of teeth. To take it out, you would remove
    the bottom and then the top.


  17. Question:
  18. Do I have to wear the oral device every night?

    Answer:

    Yes. Because most sleep apnea treatments, including this device, do not permanently change your jaw position or
    “cure” sleep apnea, you do need to wear the device in order for treatment to work.


  19. Question:
  20. What is obstructive sleep apnea?

    Answer:

    Obstructive sleep apnea occurs when a patient’s throat muscles relax and obstruct airflow, interrupting the
    natural breathing cycle.


  21. Question:
  22. How do I stop snoring?

    Answer:

    At-home treatments for snoring include regular exercise, weight loss, and avoiding sleeping pills, alcohol, and
    sedatives before going to bed. However, if these treatments fail to resolve a patient’s snoring or if you
    are unsure if you are still snoring, you should contact us today for a complimentary sleep evaluation.


  23. Question:
  24. Why do I snore?

    Answer:

    Unless a patient is suffering from sinus or nasal congestion, snoring is a symptom of a collapsed or obstructed
    airway. The soft palate and collapsed tissues in the back of the throat can vibrate as air passes through it. It
    is this vibrating tissue that produces the sound of snoring.


  25. Question:
  26. Is sleep deprivation harmful to my health?

    Answer:

    Sleep apnea can disrupt a patient’s deep sleep cycle, causing persistent sleep deprivation. Not only can
    this make a person feel tired and fatigued throughout the day, but it can also lead to an increased risk for
    high blood pressure, depression, headaches, ADHD symptoms, diabetes, stroke, and heart failure.


  27. Question:
  28. What is sleep apnea?

    Answer: 

    The word apnea comes from the Latin meaning “without breath”. Sleep apnea occurs when a
    person’s breathing becomes very shallow or stops completely for short durations while sleeping and can
    occur hundreds of times throughout the night.


  29. Question:
  30. What is the difference between continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) therapy and oral appliance therapy?

    Answer:

    CPAP therapy involves wearing a mask that covers the nose and mouth and is connected to a tube that allows air
    pressure to keep the airway open during sleep. Oral appliance therapy consists of wearing a custom-fit
    mouthguard during sleep to support the jaw in a forward position to help maintain an open airway.