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Undiagnosed sleep apnea in Virginia Beach is a problem in the United States in general. Numerous studies have shown that up to 80 of the people with the sleep disorder do not know why their sleep quality is so poor because they have never had a sleep test.
What Is Sleep Apnea?
Sleep apnea occurs when your airway collapses because your soft palate falls to the back of your throat, reducing or cutting off your oxygen levels. Your brain will jar you to start breathing again. Your tongue may fall back as well, which also can block your airway. This can happen five or more times an hour while you sleep, depriving you of the REM sleep that you need to wake up refreshed. Your partner may also tell you that you make choking sounds in your sleep and you wake up gasping for air.
How Would I Know if I Have Sleep Apnea?
Sleep apnea symptoms that you should be aware of include:
- Morning headaches
- Difficulty concentrating
- Loud snoring with pauses in between
- Daytime sleepiness
Our dentist may recognize other symptoms, such as teeth grinding, during a routine exam. He or she will refer you to a physician for a diagnosis. Once you have a diagnosis, we can help you with a custom oral appliance for sleep apnea.
Which Sleep Apnea Causes Are Preventable?
The usual causes of sleep apnea include:
- Being overweight
- Having a large neck size
- Heavy drug or alcohol use
- A family history of the problem
- Having a thick tongue
Losing weight is critical for obese individuals with sleep apnea. Black, Native American and Hispanic males have OSA at greater rates than white males. All males are more prone to OSA because when they gain weight, it settles in their neck and torso, among other reasons. Since it takes time to lose weight safely, the use of a sleep apnea mouthpiece from a specially trained dentist can provide immediate relief.
Where Can I Find Sleep Apnea Treatment in Virginia Beach?
Your doctor may suggest sleeping on your side or using a CPAP machine, which keeps your airway open with a continuous flow of air. If the thought of wearing a mask every night makes you feel uncomfortable, our dental office offers skilled treatment for sleep apnea in Virginia Beach that can help you have a restful night. Call our office to schedule an appointment if you have been diagnosed with OSA or another form of sleep apnea. We can explain how an oral appliance can have you waking up feeling refreshed.
Dental Appliance for Sleep Apnea
Is a Sleep Apnea Mouth Guard Effective?
A mouth guard is a tailor made oral appliance that resembles a retainer. You will wear it while you sleep; it prevents the soft tissues in the back of your throat from relaxing and then collapsing. A custom-made oral appliance can affect the position of the tongue as well, keeping your airway open.
What Is the Price for an Oral Appliance?
It depends on which type of oral appliance your dentist decides will work best for you. Your dentist may be able to offer you several different brands as well. Contact us to schedule your appointment and your dentist can give you a price after an examination.
Will Oral Appliance Therapy Treatment (OAT) Keep Me from Snoring?
Loud snoring isn’t normal. People snore because the soft tissues in the throat vibrate as they breathe. If your bed mate complains about your exceptionally loud snoring or they tell you that there are long pauses between each snore, these are signs of OSA. After a diagnosis from a sleep doctor, our sleep dentist can suggest an oral appliance that prevents loud snoring caused by OSA.
Does Medical Insurance Cover Oral Appliance Therapy?
Medical insurance frequently covers custom oral appliances. However, coverage varies between plans. Call our office if you need an oral appliance for sleep apnea in Virginia Beach, we will help you obtain the maximum benefit that you are entitled to from your medical insurance plan.