apnea ema new alt webDental device helps overcome sleep apnea. Many people believe the hectic pace of today’s life is the reason for their lack of energy, sleepiness during the day, and the inability to focus or concentrate well. But is the stress of life really the culprit, or is there something else that has affected the health and well-being of millions of people without them realizing it? The “not so silent killer” of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) can be found in over a third of the population and has become a significant contributor to health issues such as diabetes, heart attack, stroke, depression, and others.

 

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But many people are hesitant to go to a sleep lab to find out if their snoring and tiredness is due to OSA. And most think that the dreaded CPAP mask is the only answer medicine offers; but now there are other options to help OSA sufferers manage their condition. That’s where oral appliance therapy, called OAT, from knowledgeable sleep dentists can help. Mountainville Dental is one of only a few dental offices in the region that use the same diagnostic equipment and tests as medical sleep specialists in order to maximize the benefit an oral appliance can give you.

The process of getting relief from snoring and OSA involves just a few appointments with a sleep medicine dentist and is easy to do. A sleep medicine dentist can evaluate your symptoms, help you with the process of being diagnosed, and fit you for a snoring/sleep apnea appliance. The only way to find out if you have OSA and have it covered by your medical insurance or Medicare is to be monitored while you sleep.

There are now devices which you can wear for a night in your own bed at home that are accepted for a diagnosis of OSA. After a complimentary consultation and exam, we will give you the apparatus for the home study, send you home to sleep that night, and collect your data the next day.

Our office will then send your results to a board-certified sleep doctor, obtain a diagnosis, determine what benefits you have under your insurance, and submit to your insurance for processing and payment. If you do not have dental insurance, we offer structured payment plans. The second visit is to confirm with you what is covered, your co-pay and deductible. Then we measure your airway using painless soundwaves and take impressions for your mouthpiece. The third appointment is to deliver the appliance to you and have it adjusted for comfort and function. A follow up appointment is then made for a couple weeks after delivery to check for health improvement, re-testing the airway, and any issues that you may have with the appliance.

OAT for obstructive sleep apnea is fast becoming the alternative to CPAP, sleep labs, and dealing with insurance companies. Dr. Dave at Mountainville Dental is ready to help you get back your normal sleep and wellness.

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