What is OSA?
Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) is recognized as repeated episodes of cessation in breathing during sleep. This results because our muscles relax during sleep and then gravity pulls the airway closed. Momentary suffocation develops producing excessive stress on the body. OSA is highly correlated with cardiovascular conditions such as hypertension, heart disease and stroke. OSA is also associated with daytime sleepiness, headaches, memory loss, mood changes, relationship disturbances and decreased libido. Snoring is considered a major indicator of OSA.
How does an Oral Appliance work?
Oral appliances work by maintaining the lower jaw in a protruded position, thus opening the airway and increasing muscle tone.
Is my condition right for the Oral Appliance?
Mild to moderate sleep apnea patients are well treated by an oral appliance. The most severe patients are best helped with CPAP. However, the non-compliant severe patients should consider an Oral Appliance.
What is needed to make an Oral Appliance that is right for me?
The dentists at Dental Sleep Alternatives will take impressions of your teeth and measure the movements of your jaw, then we will have an Oral Appliance manufactured to your specifications.
Is the Oral Appliance covered by insurance?
Yes, most Medical Insurance plans will cover Oral Appliance Therapy.