About Sleep Apnea
When a person lays down at night, the throat may become constricted and limit airway, which causes snoring and sleep apnea. Oral appliance therapy (O.A.T.) helps treat sleep apnea and snoring with custom mouth guards. Dr. Wally Cantu and our Crown Dental team in West Richland, WA work with numerous patients who are tired of losing precious sleep, while experiencing a number of other symptoms due to sleep apnea. While some patients may require a more in-dept treatment approach, many times a snore guard is all that is neede. Also known as a night guard, this device, which is custom fit inside our dental office, keeps the jaw in an optimal position to allow enough oxygen to reach the body during sleep. If not treated, sleep apnea can lead to many larger problems, including:
- High blood pressure
- Heart conditions
- Weight gain
Dr. Cantu will most likely recommend patients partake in a sleep study to confirm their sleep apnea and go over possible treatments.
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What to Expect
If Dr. Cantu recommends, and the patient decides to get an oral appliance, a mold will be taken of the patient’s mouth at our office. The mold will be sent to a dental laboratory where a custom mouth guard will be created based on the patient’s needs. When the mouth guard is returned to the office, the patient will come in to have their oral appliance fitted. The patient will wear their oral appliance at night to open their airway and minimize or eliminate snoring and sleep apnea. In most cases, this does the trick and our patients see great improvement in their snoring and sleeping.
Patients should wear their mouth guard every night and follow care instructions given by our practice. Patients should bring their mouth guard with them when they visit Dr. Cantu for dental exams and cleanings so we can check the fit and wear of the appliance. Proper care will help the night guard last longer, however oral appliances will need to be replaced over time.
A custom oral appliance for sleep apnea usually costs from $800 and $2,000, which includes dental visits, molds, fittings, and follow up appointment as well as the device. Most insurance companies cover some or all of the cost of oral appliance therapy.
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Sleep In Peace
Sleep apnea may be preventing you or your partner from getting a good night’s sleep, but a custom oral appliance can help everyone. Anyone who worries that they or their partner suffers from sleep apnea should schedule a consultation to determine appropriate treatment. Dr. Cantu works with many patients suffering from sleep issues and can help recommend the right approach. We invite you to call Crown Dental for more information.