Dental Appliance for Sleep Apnea Questions and Answers
There’s a dental appliance for sleep apnea, and we provide it here at Koala® Center for Sleep & TMJ Disorders. We’d like to tell you more about it and how it may be a better option for you over other treatments for sleep apnea. Read on to learn more. Please call us for more information or book an appointment online. We have 10 clinic locations. We Serve Patients From All Over the USA. Locations in Bloomington IL, Peoria – Dunlap IL, Lafayette IN, Mishawaka IN, Columbia MO, Kansas City MO, Albuquerque NM, Brewster NY, El Paso TX, Wausau WI.
What should I do about sleep apnea?
Sleep apnea occurs when, during sleep, there’s a blockage in or collapse of the airway that’s caused by muscles in the throat or jaw relaxing too much. A person with sleep apnea will experience repeated stoppages in breathing which can lead to a serious and even fatal health condition like heart disease. For this reason, it’s vital to address sleep apnea, and only a professional can do so.
It’s possible to treat sleep apnea, but this depends on a patient’s particular case and the cause of that case. Commonly, sleep apnea is treated with CPAP therapy with a CPAP machine. The machine works by delivering a steady stream of air into the patient’s airway which allows the patient to breathe better during sleep. This works for many patients, but not necessarily for all. Also, some patients find it uncomfortable to wear the required mask or nose piece during sleep. For these patients and many others, a simple dental appliance may work better.
Can a dental appliance help with sleep apnea?
Yes! A dental appliance can help with many cases of sleep apnea, especially sleep apnea caused by TMJ (jaw joint) disorder. And since the appliance is so easy to use, it may be a better option for you over CPAP therapy.
Sleeping with a dental appliance to treat sleep apnea is called oral appliance therapy. It can actually prevent the uncomfortable symptoms of sleep apnea and even prevent the condition itself by allowing the tongue, jaw, and airway to rest naturally. The appliance is custom-made, comfortable, and convenient to use, making it an excellent option, especially for kids. It’s also really easy to manage and maintain the appliance.
Oral appliance therapy with a dental appliance works and can prevent the common conditions that cause sleep apnea in the first place. In fact, oral appliance therapy is a proven method that’s approved by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine!
How much does a dental appliance for sleep apnea cost?
Oral appliance therapy can easily be more cost effective than CPAP therapy. A CPAP machine costs an average of $850, and even though a dental appliance may cost a bit more, it doesn’t come with the additional costs that come with CPAP therapy, like replacement masks and filters, and oral appliance therapy is also covered by insurance, like Medicare or Medicaid. There’s a good chance your insurance will cover oral appliance therapy if you’ve already tried CPAP therapy, your insurance covered it, and it didn’t help you enough.
Oral appliance therapy is proven, approved, effective, and cost-effective, so we’re proud to provide it at our clinic!
Do you provide a dental appliance for sleep apnea?
Yes! Koala® Center for Sleep & TMJ Disorders provides dental appliances and oral appliance therapy for sleep apnea. We likely have a clinic near you, as we have locations throughout the areas of Illinois, Indiana, Missouri, New Mexico, New York, Texas, and Wisconsin. Please see our Locations page for the list of locations and to find the one nearest you. Call us today at that location or call our head office at (855) 977-0400 if you believe you or a loved one has sleep apnea.
We hope to hear from you soon! We’re very confident oral appliance therapy will work for you.