Sleep Apnea ServicesChandler, AZObstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is a type of sleep-disordered breathing that’s caused by tissue blockage in the back of the mouth and upper airway. It’s also manageable with a special type of dental appliance. At Canyon State Dental, we work with physicians and sleep apnea patients to provide a holistic treatment approach for sleeping disorders.
Sleep Apnea Treatments We OfferOral appliance therapy is a medically approved and effective treatment for obstructive sleep apnea. However, these medical devices must be fitted by a licensed dentist. At Canyon State Dental, we work directly with patients and referring medical providers (when appropriate) to arrange fitting and delivery for dental sleep appliances.
Professionally fitted sleep mouthpieces can replace the need for bulky CPAP machines for some patients. Depending on the type of sleeping disorder you have, oral appliances holistically increase oxygen flow by reducing tissue blockage in your mouth. Rather than force air directly into your lungs with a machine, oral sleep appliances allow you to breathe more naturally. They’re smaller, more discreet, and easier to sleep with for most people.How do dental sleep appliances work? The mouthpiece adjusts your lower jaw, guiding it slightly forward. In turn, your tongue is brought into a more anterior position, which helps prevent it from collapsing against your tonsils, soft palate, and the back of your throat. The natural widening of your upper airway allows you to breathe through your nose or mouth without the restriction of airflow.
What are the Symptoms of Sleep Apnea?
A lot of people assume that symptoms like snoring and chronic fatigue are the main signs of a sleeping disorder. While these symptoms do impact some people, they are not the only ones to look for. Some people with sleep apnea do not snore at all.Here are some of the most common conditions and symptoms linked to an undiagnosed or uncontrolled case of obstructive sleep apnea:
- Chronic headaches and migraines
- Teeth clenching and grinding
- Flat, broken, or worn-down teeth
- Large neck circumference
- Weight gain
- High blood pressure
- Enlarged tonsils or tongue
- Difficulty concentrating
What to Expect During a Sleep Apnea ScreeningIn years past, getting screened for sleep apnea meant staying overnight in an offsite sleep lab and having a medical professional monitor your vital signs on the other side of a wall. Today, home sleep study options make it easier to complete a screening in your own bedroom. Depending on the type of sleep apnea you’re suspected of having, a home sleep study may be all that you need.
The first step to getting screened for obstructive sleep apnea at our Chandler dentist’s office is to discuss your symptoms. Our dentist will assess your oral anatomy to check for tissue obstruction and other risk factors. If sleep apnea is suspected, we can guide you through the process of having a home sleep study completed.
Cost and InsuranceMost medical insurance plans cover the cost of sleep apnea screenings and treatment. Even if your physician orders an oral appliance for sleep apnea, the dental device must be created and delivered by your licensed sleep dentist. Dental sleep appliances are typically covered under your medical insurance policy. Applicable co-pays or deductibles may apply.
Call us Today to Schedule an AppointmentCanyon State Dental offers oral appliance therapy for obstructive sleep apnea. Contact our office today to request a screening with one of our trained sleep dentistry providers.
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