Sleep Apnea Treatments (Oral Appliance Therapy, OAT) – San Diego, CA

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Overview

The disorder known as sleep apnea is characterized by continued stops in your breathing while you sleep. This is caused by the muscles relaxing and gravity pulling your airways closed. The brief suffocation that occurs puts excessive strain on the body, which may cause complications, like mood change, weight gain, fatigue, hypertension, and memory loss. There are lots of sleep or snoring apnea treatments to choose from, such as an adenoidectomy, maxillofacial surgery, tonsillectomy, or a CPAP device. However, people aren't always pleased with these solutions. In that situation, they may turn to dental alternatives to help address the issue. At Finest City Dental in San Diego, CA, we concentrate on producing custom-fit nighttime guards to offer relief to our sleep apnea patients. General dentist Dr. Nick Dovey is pleased to offer you this simple but dependable support piece that will help you reach better health and well-being.

Best Candidates

Individuals who suffer from severe sleep apnea aren't ideal candidates to receive a dental-based remedy. For severe sleep apnea, a CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) machine could be among your better choices. However, in the case that you have a mild to moderate snoring issue, a dental alternative might be exactly what you're looking for. Sleep apnea can be harmful because it stops you from breathing naturally hundreds of times each night as the cells in your soft palate and throat collapse. When this occurs, your airway is obstructed, which prevents oxygen from reaching your brain and other organs. It's essential to have this condition diagnosed properly and treated using only the very best options available.

What To Expect

Sleep apnea therapy provided by Dr. Dovey at Finest City Dental employs what's known as oral appliance therapy (OAT), which could be an extremely effective treatment for sleep apnea. This therapy involves a customized device that is worn in your mouth at night. The look and feel are often compared to a retainer or an athletic mouth guard. The primary difference, however, is that rather than protecting your teeth from trauma, it softly places the jaw into a forward position to continue to keep your airway open. There are over a hundred unique versions on the market so Dr. Dovey will work with you to ensure that you receive the most suitable device. This can be determined after he performs an evaluation of your tongue, airway, teeth, and jaw. You'll also have oral x-rays done so Dr. Dovey can create detailed impressions of your teeth for your dental appliance.

Follow-Up

After your dental apparatus has been created at the dental laboratory, you will be ready for a fitting. Finest City Dental will then call you to schedule your follow-up appointment. During this appointment, Dr. Dovey will adjust and fit the appliance according to your needs to make it as comfortable as possible. He will devote plenty of time to teach you about your sleep apnea appliance, which will include going over the proper way to maintain, store, and clean it. Dr. Dovey will ask you to bring your appliance to future appointments to monitor its condition. Your overall quality of life will dramatically improve as long as you correctly adhere to our directions.

Insurance Coverage

Insurance benefits for sleep apnea therapies can fluctuate so we'll be sure to speak with your dental insurance company to determine your out-of-pocket expenses. Whether you carry dental insurance or not, Dr. Dovey can give you price estimates while informing you about your treatment choices. To help make your dental appointments more affordable, Finest City Dental accepts several payment methods and can help you in finding low-interest medical financing.

Sleep Apnea Treatments

If your breathing is interrupted numerous times a night due to your airways being obstructed, it's vital that you seek out medical advice straight away. If you think you might be experiencing sleep apnea, we urge you to set up an appointment at Finest City Dental at your earliest convenience. Dr. Dovey and his team can help address your problem with oral appliance therapy at our San Diego, CA office.

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