Sleep Apnea Treatments in Copperas Cove, TX

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What Is Sleep Apnea?

Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is a dangerous condition that affects approximately 18 million Americans. This disorder causes the soft palate (muscles in the back of the throat) to collapse repeatedly during sleep, cutting off the air supply. When the brain doesn’t receive enough oxygen, it sends out alarm signals to wake up, which puts added strain on the body and prevents the sufferer from enjoying a restful night’s sleep. The most common sleep apnea symptoms include snoring and fatigue. CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) machines are often recommended to treat OSA, but many patients find they are unable to sleep while hooked up to machinery. In many cases, custom-made dental appliances can effectively lessen OSA symptoms. To find out if oral appliance therapy can treat your obstructive sleep apnea, contact ACE Dental of Cove today to set up a consultation.

Can OAT Really Treat My Sleep Apnea?

If you have mild to moderate obstructive sleep apnea, oral appliance therapy (OAT) may be the right solution for you. If you suffer from loud snoring, frequent headaches, insomnia/restless sleep, gasping or choking, daytime fatigue, sore throat or dry mouth in the morning, changes in mood, shortness of breath, or memory loss, you may be experiencing obstructive sleep apnea. People with severe sleep apnea may not benefit from OAT, however, and a CPAP device might be the only effective treatment method in those instances.

Treating Obstructive Sleep Apnea

At ACE Dental of Cove, we offer custom dental appliances to better align your jaw during sleep, reducing the instances of sleep apnea. These appliances are called mandibular advancement devices (MAD), and they are worn between the upper and lower teeth while you sleep, similar to a night guard or athletic mouth guard. MADs move the lower jaw (also called a mandible) forward, which helps to keep the airway open. In order to create your personalized MAD, a member of our experienced dental team will take impressions of your teeth and send the specifications to a dental lab where your MAD will be created with high-quality materials. In a few weeks, you will need to return to our Copperas Cove, TX office for a fitting where your dentist will adjust your MAD (if necessary) to make sure it fits comfortably.

Caring for Your Oral Appliance

Before you leave our office after your MAD fitting, a member of our staff will provide you with instructions about how to best care for your oral appliance at home. We will teach you about the appliance and show you how and when to clean it because we want your device to last for a long time. Please make sure you are wearing your MAD when you sleep since it can’t treat your sleep apnea symptoms if it’s not being used. When used properly, you should notice a reduction of symptoms (like snoring) and more restful sleep. When you come in for future checkups at ACE Dental of Cove, please bring your MAD so that we can evaluate its condition.

Insurance Coverage for Oral Appliances

Sleep apnea treatment may or may not be covered by your dental insurance, depending on your individual plan. A member of our insurance team will reach out to your insurance provider to find out more about your coverage details and determine if there will be any uncovered costs. In order to help you afford your dental treatment, ACE Dental of Cove accepts multiple payment methods and can help you apply for low-interest medical financing if needed.

Sleep Easier With Oral Appliance Therapy

It may be easy to disregard your obstructive sleep apnea since it occurs while you’re unconscious, but it could lead to serious complications if left untreated. Our knowledgeable dentists can provide a custom oral appliance to treat your mild to moderate sleep apnea to help you sleep peacefully. If you or a family member has obstructive sleep apnea, give us a call to get more information about oral appliance therapy at ACE Dental of Cove.

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