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Sleep Apnea Treatments (Oral Appliance Therapy, OAT) – Rochester Hills, MI

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Overview

Sleep apnea is a disorder that is characterized by persistent stops in your breathing while you sleep. This is caused by when relaxed muscles and the pull of gravity close your airways. The short-term suffocation creates excessive strain on the body, which may result in heart complications, memory loss, frequent mood changes, weight gain, fatigue, and hypertension. There are many effective sleep apnea treatments to choose from, i.e. airway surgeries, such as an adenoidectomy, maxillofacial surgery, a tonsillectomy, or a CPAP device. However, most people do not often wish to start off with such invasive treatments. In these instances, they may turn to dental-related alternatives to resolve the issue. At Signature Dentistry of Rochester in Rochester Hills, MI, we concentrate on producing custom-fit nighttime guards to offer relief to our sleep apnea patients. Board-certified dentist Dr. Matthew Wolfe is pleased to provide this easy, comfy, and dependable support that will help you attain better health and a sense of well-being.

Best Candidates

In the case that you have a mild to moderate snoring issue, a dental remedy might be exactly what you require. Sleep apnea is potentially harmful because it prevents you from breathing normally hundreds of times every night as the cells in your soft palate and throat collapse. When this occurs, your airway is obstructed, keeping oxygen from getting to your brain and other vital organs. Naturally, it's crucial to have sleep apnea treated and diagnosed properly so that you can be given the best treatment possible. However, men or women who suffer from severe sleep apnea aren't ideal candidates to receive a dental-based remedy. In these situations, a CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) machine might be among the best choices.

What To Expect

Sleep apnea therapy by Dr. Wolfe at Signature Dentistry of Rochester utilizes what's known as oral appliance therapy (OAT), which may be quite an effective treatment for sleep apnea. This OAT is a customized device that you wear in your mouth while you sleep. It is often compared to athletic mouth guards and retainers; however, the major difference is that rather than protecting your teeth from harm, the device subtly places the jaw in a forward position to prevent your airways from closing. There are over a hundred distinct versions on the market so Dr. Wolfe will work together with you to provide the most suitable device for your needs. The device most suitable for you will be determined after he performs an assessment of your jaw, tongue, airway, and teeth. You'll also have digital X-rays taken so that Dr. Wolfe will be able to create detailed impressions of your teeth for your dental appliance.

Follow-Up

After your dental appliance has been created at the dental laboratory, you will return to our office for a fitting. Dr. Wolfe will adjust and fit the device according to your requirements to make it as comfortable as possible. He will make sure to allow ample time after the fitting to teach you about your snoring/sleep apnea appliance, including the proper ways to clean, store, and maintain it. You will be asked to bring your mouthpiece to future appointments and return every year to watch for wear and tear. Your overall quality of life can dramatically improve if you adhere to our directions correctly.

Insurance Coverage

Insurance policies for sleep apnea therapies may fluctuate. Therefore, we will contact your dental insurance carrier to help us determine your out-of-pocket expenses. Whether you have dental insurance or not, Dr. Wolfe can give you price estimates while discussing your treatment options. To help make your dental treatments affordable, Signature Dentistry of Rochester takes several payment methods and might have the ability to assist you in finding low-interest medical financing.

Sleep Apnea Treatments

If your breathing is interrupted numerous times during the night due to your airway being obstructed, it is in your best interest to seek out immediate treatment. If you think you might be experiencing a moderate to mild form of sleep apnea, then we invite you to schedule an appointment at Signature Dentistry of Rochester at your first convenience so that we can diagnose and assist you in treating the disorder.

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