Stop the Snoring!
Snoring is a very common problem. Not only does it affect the sleep of the person snoring, but it also affects the bed partner. Some partners often sleep in separate rooms due to snoring. Most people consider snoring to be a normal part of sleep. It is not! Snoring could be a sign of a dangerous condition known as Obstructive Sleep Apnea.
Common signs and symptoms of obstructive sleep apnea may include:
- Personality changes
- Excessive daytime sleepiness
- Poor memory/ confusion
- Night time sweating
- Decreased sex drive/loss of intimacy
- Diminished performance
- Accident proneness
- Morning headache
- High blood pressure
- Stomach acid reflux
If you believe you may be suffering from sleep apnea, act NOW! It is important to start with a take home sleep study. Based on your results we may determine the best course of treatment for you: a CPAP machine, an oral appliance, or a simple snore guard.
An oral appliance can be fabricated to help open your airway and reduce the severity of your sleep apnea. These appliances reduce sleep apnea associated health risks without the need for surgical intervention or medications. A custom oral appliance is worn while sleeping. It holds the lower jaw forward and open thus preventing the tongue and throat tissues from collapsing the airway. There is a high success rate for people treated with these appliances.
Hate Your CPAP Machine?
If you have been diagnosed with sleep apnea and you cannot tolerate your CPAP device, then an oral appliance may be an option for you. Only a minority of CPAP owners are still compliant after one year. If you are one of the non-compliant, an oral appliance may be an appropriate alternative solution for you.
Should I Purchase a Sleep Apnea Appliance Over the Internet?
Most solutions that you find on TV/online are uncomfortable, bulky and DO NOT adjust. Because they do not adjust, they often do not pull the jaw forward enough to be effective.
Our appliances are custom made by a nationally renowned lab. They are comfortable and titratable. These appliances are made by dentists that are educated in sleep apnea and have taken extra education in sleep medicine. These appliances are FDA approved and therefore can be covered by your medical insurance.
Your medical insurance may help you cover the cost of your oral appliance.
Contact us today to schedule your take home sleep study!
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