Sleep Apnea Treatment in Fort Loramie, OH

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The disorder known as sleep apnea is recognized as persistent pauses in breathing during sleep. This results from your muscles relaxing and gravity pulling your airway closed. The brief suffocation that develops creates excessive stress on the body, which can result in health complications, such as mood change, weight gain, fatigue, hypertension, and memory loss. There are many sleep apnea or snoring treatments, varying from airway surgeries, like a tonsillectomy, adenoidectomy, maxillofacial surgery, or a CPAP machine. Sometimes, people aren't pleased with those solutions. They may turn to dental options to help solve the issue. At Fort Loramie Dental Center in Fort Loramie, OH, we focus on creating customized dental devices to help our sleep apnea patients. Dr. Dawne Slabach is pleased to offer you this simple, convenient, and effective service to help you achieve better health and well-being.

What Are the Benefits of Sleep Apnea Treatment?

Fort Loramie Dental Center offers oral appliance therapy as a successful way to treat mild to moderate sleep apnea. These convenient and noninvasive dental appliances provide many advantages over traditional obstructive sleep apnea treatments. A few of the benefits include:

  • Mouth guards are portable and easy to travel with
  • Easy to clean and care for
  • Reduces health risks associated with sleep apnea
  • Custom-fit oral appliances are quiet
  • Requires no additional supplies or electricity
  • Oral appliances are cost effective

Patients who suffer with severe sleep apnea are not ideal candidates for a dental-based solution. In these instances, a CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) machine might be among the greatest options. However, in case you have a mild to moderate snoring issue, a dental solution may be exactly what you want. Sleep apnea may be dangerous because it stops you from breathing normally hundreds of times a night as the tissues in your soft palate and throat collapse. When this occurs, your airway is obstructed, keeping oxygen from reaching your organs or brain. So naturally, it is essential to get it properly diagnosed and treated using the very best options available.

How is Sleep Apnea Diagnosed?

You should schedule an appointment at Fort Loramie Dental Center for a sleep apnea screening if any of the following symptoms sound familiar:

  • Persistent tiredness despite getting an adequate amount of sleep
  • Chronic, loud snoring
  • Waking up gasping or feeling out of breath
  • Consistent sore throats or headaches in the morning

These are all indicative signs of sleep apnea. If Dr. Slabach believes you may be suffering from it, she will refer you to a sleep physician to undergo a sleep test, providing a definitive diagnosis. If it turns out that you do have sleep apnea, Dr. Slabach can offer treatment in the form of oral appliance therapy.

Sleep apnea therapy with Dr. Slabach at Fort Loramie Dental Center utilizes what's known as oral appliance therapy (OAT), which may be an extremely effective treatment for sleep apnea. It's a custom-made device that fits in your mouth at night. It is often compared to a mouth guard for sporting events or a retainer. The most crucial difference is that rather than protecting your teeth against harm, it gently pulls the jaw into a forward position to keep your airway open. There are many different versions on the market so Dr. Slabach will work with you to ensure you receive the most suitable one. She may determine this after assessing your jaw, tongue, airway, and teeth. You will also have oral x-rays taken so that Dr. Slabach can determine the best device for you.

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If your breathing was interrupted numerous times every day, you would ask for treatment immediately. But when the same thing occurs during sleep, it can be too simple to put off because you won't recall it when you wake up. If you believe you may be suffering from sleep apnea, we encourage you to arrange a consultation at Fort Loramie Dental Center at your earliest convenience.

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How much does sleep apnea treatment cost?
The Fort Loramie Dental Center team will help patients communicate with their dental insurance companies to determine their coverage and out-of-pocket costs for oral appliance therapy.
How often should a sleep apnea oral therapy device be worn?
You should wear your sleep apnea oral therapy appliance as directed by your dentist. The appliance should be worn nightly to avoid some of the negative health consequences associated with sleep apnea.
How often should my oral appliance be replaced?
Patients will be offered instructions on taking care of their oral appliance to ensure it lasts several years. You should bring the device to all future dental visits, including exams and cleanings, so the dentist can assess the wear of the appliance and adjust the fit for greater comfort. Proper care should help the night guard last for a long time, but it will eventually need to be replaced to remain effective for sleep apnea treatment.
*Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary from person to person. Images may contain models.