Frequently Asked Questions About Sleep Apnea

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Sleep Apnea Treatment FAQs

What is the Treatment for Sleep Apnea?

There are several treatments for sleep apnea. Here at Better Sleep Missouri, we focus on oral device therapy. These devices effectively treat sleep apnea and can help get you the sleep you deserve.

What is the Difference Between CPAP and Oral Appliance Therapy?

CPAP is a machine that uses a mask and a hose to blow air and keep your airway opened. Many people can not tolerate this treatment due to discomfort of the mask, the noise of the machine or the feeling of claustrophobia. Oral appliance therapy uses a small, comfortable device, custom fit to your mouth and similar to a mouthguard, worn during sleep. The device works by holding your jaw in a more forward position to help keep your airway open.

Who is a Candidate for Oral Appliance Therapy?

  • Anyone who snores
  • Anyone who has been diagnosed with mild or moderate sleep apnea
  • Anyone who can not tolerate a CPAP machine
  • Anyone suffering from the symptoms of sleep apnea

Is it Hard to Get Used to an Oral Appliance? Does It Hurt?

Most people will get used to wearing their oral appliance within 1-2 weeks. Oral appliances are lightweight and custom fit to your teeth. They are designed to be comfortable and noninvasive. All oral appliances are adjustable and follow up appointments with Better Sleep Missouri will be needed to ensure maximum comfort and effectiveness.

Does Insurance Cover Sleep Apnea Treatment with Oral Appliances?

Many insurance plans do cover oral appliance therapy, but insurance plans vary widely. We will work with you and your insurance company to review plan details for coverage.

If coverage is not available for oral appliances, we will work with you to establish a financial plan and find a solution that fits your needs.

Can I Get an Over-The-Counter Oral Appliance to Treat My Sleep Apnea?

While over-the-counter oral appliances can be less expensive, they tend to be bulky and ill-fitting and can cause unwanted side effects such as jaw pain and tooth movement.

All oral appliances provided by Better Sleep Missouri are FDA-approved and custom-fit. We monitor the effectiveness of your appliance and make adjustments from time to time to ensure that it is functioning properly and providing you with the best results.

Can Any Dentist Provide Oral Appliance Therapy?

Education in dental sleep medicine is necessary for providing patients with safe, effective, quality care in treating sleep apnea. The American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine recommends a “Qualified Dentist” treat sleep related breathing disorders.

At Better Sleep Missouri, Dr. Moser is not only a “Qualified Dentist” but also a Diplomate of the American Board of Dental Sleep Medicine. Diplomate status is the highest standard in dental sleep medicine, demonstrating that a dentist has the technical skill, in-depth knowledge, and professional judgment to provide optimal oral appliance therapy care.

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Sleep Apnea FAQs

What are the different types of sleep apnea?

There are three primary types of sleep apnea: obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), central sleep apnea (CSA), and mixed sleep apnea. Obstructive sleep apnea occurs when the muscles in the back of the throat relax, leading to a partial or complete blockage of the airway. Central sleep apnea is caused by a failure of the brain to transmit proper signals to the muscles that control breathing. Mixed sleep apnea is a combination of both obstructive and central sleep apnea, where the airway is partially or completely blocked, and the brain fails to send proper breathing signals. Better Sleep Missouri can help to diagnose and treat your sleep apnea. Schedule a consultation today.

What is considered sleep apnea?

Sleep apnea is a sleep disorder characterized by repeated pauses in breathing or shallow breaths during sleep. These pauses, known as apneas, can last for a few seconds to minutes and can occur multiple times throughout the night. Sleep apnea is considered a medical condition when the apnea events disrupt the normal sleep pattern and result in symptoms such as excessive daytime sleepiness, loud snoring, gasping or choking during sleep, and morning headaches. It is important to diagnose and treat sleep apnea as it can lead to various health complications if left untreated.

How do I know if I have sleep apnea?

Schedule a consultation with your physician or a dental sleep professional. They will assess your symptoms and medical history and complete a sleep evaluation. They may recommend an at-home sleep test or refer you to a sleep lab for an in-lab sleep study. To diagnose sleep apnea, these sleep tests monitor your breathing, heart rate, and other vital signs during sleep. It’s important to consult with a healthcare professional to determine the most suitable testing option for your specific needs. A sleep physician will interpret the information from your sleep study to make a diagnosis. Better Sleep Missouri offers at-home sleep tests and works with physicians to help you develop a treatment plan.”

Do I need to treat sleep apnea if I have it?

Untreated sleep apnea can take years off your life.  It can lead to increased risk of high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, a-fib, congestive heart failure, stroke, depression, anxiety, and memory loss.  Not to mention the excessive daytime sleepiness which prevents you from enjoying life to its fullest extent.

Contact us Today for Sleep Apnea Treatment

If you’re seeking effective treatment for sleep apnea and are looking for an alternative to CPAP machines, Better Sleep Missouri is here to help. Our specialized focus is on providing oral device therapy, a non-invasive and comfortable treatment option for sleep apnea. By contacting us today, you can schedule a consultation with our experienced sleep specialists who will assess your condition and determine if oral appliance therapy is suitable for you.