SEVEN HILLS DENTAL

Family, Orthodontic & Implant Dentistry

SEVEN HILLS DENTAL

Family, Orthodontic & Implant Dentistry

Sleep Apnea

Do I Have Sleep Apnea?

Did you know that obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is the most widespread type of sleep apnea? It happens when the tongue and lower jaw take a little nap of their own, collapsing and disrupting the smooth flow of air while we snooze. OSA sufferers might even wake up hundreds of times each night! Although anyone can be affected, certain factors boost the chances of encountering this sleep-stealing villain:

  • Large neck circumference
  • Excess weight
  • High blood pressure
  • Heavy alcohol and tobacco use
  • Chronic nasal congestion

What Are the Signs?

  • Loud, chronic snoring
  • Frequent waking throughout the night (often noticed by a partner)
  • Daytime fatigue and grumpiness
  • Dry mouth or sore throat upon waking
  • Teeth Grinding

Oral Sleep Appliance Process

Step 1:

Consulting


We'll discuss your sleep apnea and sleep issues. Evaluate the status of your teeth and discuss next steps.

Step 2:

Sleep Study


We'll examine a recent sleep study (ideally less than 1 year old)

If you need a sleep study:

  • You can order an at-home study via sleeptest.com, or
  • You can have your physician order a sleep study for you

Our Office will communicate with your doctor to collect all the information needed to make your process smooth.

Step 3:

Benefits Verification


Once we receive the results of your sleep study, we will collect your medical insurance information and handle all the verification of your medical benefits on your behalf.


Step 4:

Scan


We will do a 3D scan of your teeth (no goopy impressions needed) and send it off to the lab to get your custom oral sleep appliance created.


Step 5:

Start


You will come in for a final fitting and take your oral sleep appliance home with you. HAPPY SLEEPING!


What Is an Oral Sleep Appliance?


An oral sleep appliance is a custom-made device that fits like a retainer in the mouth. It works by gently repositioning your lower jaw forward to open up your airway and prevent it from collapsing during sleep. This helps ensure that you get sufficient oxygen during the night and can rest peacefully without interruption.

Oral appliances are easy to wear and comfortable to use. They're small enough to fit inside your pocket or purse when not in use, so they're perfect for travelers who need their device on-the-go! Additionally, they don't make any noise while you sleep, so no one else in your bed will be disturbed by them either.

FAQs

Are oral sleep appliances comfortable to wear?

Yes, oral sleep appliances are designed to be comfortable to wear. They are custom-fitted to your mouth and made from materials that are safe and non-toxic.

Are oral sleep appliances effective in treating sleep apnea and snoring?

Yes, oral sleep appliances are effective in treating sleep apnea and snoring. They are often used as an alternative to continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) therapy.

How long do oral sleep appliances last?

Oral sleep appliances can last for several years with proper care and maintenance.

Can I travel with my oral sleep appliance?

Yes, oral sleep appliances are portable and easy to travel with. They come with a small case for storage and transport.

Are there any side effects of using an oral sleep appliance?

Some people may experience minor side effects such as dry mouth, excess salivation, or jaw discomfort. These side effects usually go away after a few days of use.