About Obstructive Sleep Apnea
Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is a serious health concern that can lead to an array of health issues if left untreated. OSA causes repetitive pauses in breathing throughout the night, which occurs when soft tissues in the back of the mouth relax and block the airway during sleep. The condition results in bouts of momentary suffocation that can impact the brain and body, leading to snoring, weight gain, irritability, high blood pressure, and several other concerning issues. Continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) therapy is typically recommended for treating OSA; however, this approach is not tolerated well in some cases. As an alternative, the qualified general dentists at ACE Dental of New Braunfels provide oral appliance therapy (OAT) to treat sleep apnea symptoms and reduce health risks. If you or a loved one may be suffering from sleep apnea, call our New Braunfels, TX practice to learn more about OAT for sleep apnea treatment.
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Common Sleep Apnea Symptoms
For those who suffer from severe forms of sleep apnea, CPAP therapy may still be the leading treatment option. But a dental solution may be ideal for cases of mild to moderate OSA. Since sleep apnea can impact your health in significant ways, it should be diagnosed and treated as soon as possible. Some of the most common sleep apnea symptoms are:
- Frequent or loud snoring
- Choking or gasping for air
- Daytime grogginess or sleepiness
- Waking up with a sore throat or dry mouth
- Memory fog or mood swings
- Frequent headaches or migraines
- Restless sleep or insomnia
- Waking up feeling short of breath
Treating Obstructive Sleep Apnea
Sleep apnea treatment at our New Braunfels, TX practice is carried out through a custom oral appliance known as a mandibular advancement device (MAD). Worn at night between your top and bottom teeth, a MAD is much like a night guard or sports mouth guard but works to hold the lower jaw (mandible) in a more forward position. This helps pull your tongue and other soft tissues away from your throat to help keep the airway open during sleep. After you have received a sleep apnea diagnosis from your physician, our team can take impressions of your mouth and send them off to a dental lab to have your MAD custom made. We will schedule you to return to our New Braunfels, TX office a few weeks later, once your sleep apnea appliance arrives, to have it fitted.
Caring for Your Oral Appliance
One of our skilled dentists will adjust your oral appliance as needed for a secure yet comfortable fit. During this short follow-up visit, our team will explain how to wear and care for your sleep apnea appliance and provide tips on how to best clean, store, and maintain your device. Please remember to bring your appliance with you to your routine check-up visits at ACE Dental of New Braunfels so that our team can monitor its condition. Wearing your MAD as recommended can reduce snoring and minimize sleep apnea health risks while helping to improve your quality of rest.
Insurance Coverage for Oral Appliances
Dental insurance coverage for oral appliance therapy for obstructive sleep apnea varies among individual plans and providers. Before getting started on your device, we can take a look at your benefits and provide you with an estimate of any treatment costs. ACE Dental of New Braunfels strives to make quality care accessible to all patients and takes a variety of convenient payment options. Please talk with our team for more information or to receive help applying for special medical financing.
Better Quality Rest With Sleep Apnea Care
If you wake up feeling unrested in the morning or have been told you snore, you may be experiencing symptoms of sleep apnea. ACE Dental of New Braunfels proudly offers oral appliance therapy to help treat mild to moderate OSA and assist patients in getting better quality sleep. For more information or to schedule a personalized consultation, get in touch with our New Braunfels, TX office today.