Sleep Apnea Treatments
Sleeping disorders such as obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) can affect everything from your energy level to your smile. Whether you’ve already been diagnosed and are sleeping with a CPAP machine or you’re in the early screening process, our San Diego dentist can help.
Symptoms of Sleep Apnea
Not all types of sleeping disorders are the same. Obstructive sleep apnea can present symptoms and warning signs such as:
- High blood pressure
- Bruxism (teeth grinding)
- Flat or broken teeth
- Migraine headaches
- TMJ disorder
- Large neck circumference
- Difficulty concentrating
- Weight gain
While this list is not comprehensive, having 2-3 symptoms is enough to warrant a sleep apnea screening or possible home sleep study.
Oral Sleep Appliances
Our San Diego dentist is a member of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, providing oral appliance therapy for obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). As trained sleep dentistry providers, we can fit and deliver FDA-approved mandibular advancement devices, which holistically enhance oxygen flow as you’re sleeping.
These oral sleep appliances position your lower jaw in a slightly forward position, reducing airway obstruction at the back of your throat. Since oxygen blockage from OSA occurs between your tongue, tonsils, the roof of the mouth, and upper airway, a dental sleep appliance is an effective CPAP alternative.
An Affordable Sleep Solution
Dental sleep appliances are FDA-approved medical devices that typically fall under your health insurance coverage. Our treatment coordinators can help you navigate your benefits to minimize expenses related to medically necessary care. In addition to working with a sleep dentistry team, home sleep studies are a much more affordable option than overnight tests conducted in a lab.
A Lifesaving Investment
Untreated sleep apnea can significantly raise the chances of a life-threatening cardiovascular attack or stroke.
Take the first step today toward healthier sleep in the years ahead. You and your loved ones depend on it.