Approximately 10% of all middle-aged men and women suffer from sleep apnea, a condition characterized by interrupted breathing during sleep. Unfortunately, because of a general lack of awareness about the condition and its symptoms, affected individuals are slow to get the appropriate treatment. Fortunately, the emergence of oral appliance treatments has given patients a convenient treatment option they can seek through their dentists. These oral appliances work by keeping the airway clear and unobstructed during sleep.
• Cost Effective
The continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machine, though very effective, can cost thousands of dollars. Fortunately, oral appliances for sleep apnea treatment are cost effective. Instead of paying substantial amounts of money over a long period of time for repeated treatments, an oral appliance is a one-time expense that can help treat your condition. Most medical insurance covers oral appliances although not all dental offices are equipped to bill medical insurance.
• Easy to Use
Dental treatments often require persistence and dedication on the part of the patient in order to work properly. With an oral appliance that treats sleep apnea, however, all you have to do is make sure you wear it at night. There are no complicated procedures to follow and getting the maximum benefit of your oral appliance is easy.
Another advantage of using an oral appliance to treat your sleep apnea is that it is non-invasive, reversible, and non-surgical. Oral appliances are custom fitted based on a series of dental impressions and tests that determine exactly what is needed to maintain optimum jaw position. Once the oral appliance is calibrated to your specifications, all you have to do is wear it before you go to bed.
If you suffer from sleep apnea, consult your dentist about an oral appliance to help treat your condition. To learn more about how oral appliances treat sleep apnea and its symptoms, call StoneRidge Dental Care at (614) 476-6696.