Sleep Apnea Treatments in Boston, MA

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What is Sleep Apnea?

Sleep apnea (also known as obstructive sleep apnea, OSA) is a sleep disorder defined as repeated pauses in your breathing during sleep. This is the result of your muscles relaxing and gravity pulling your airway closed. The momentary suffocation that develops creates an excessive strain on the body, which can result in cardiovascular complications, like memory loss, mood change, weight gain, fatigue, and hypertension. There are a lot of sleep or snoring apnea alternatives to go with, varying from airway surgeries, from an adenoidectomy, maxillofacial surgery, or tonsillectomy to the use of a CPAP machine. Sometimes, people aren't happy with those solutions. In these instances, they might turn to dental choices to help resolve the issue. At Downtown Dental Partners – Boston, MA, we focus on producing custom-fit nighttime guards to help our sleep apnea patients. Our team is pleased to provide this simple, comfortable, and dependable service that will help you attain better health, wellness, and sleep.

Am I Suffering From Sleep Apnea?

If you have a mild-to-moderate snoring problem, a dental solution at Downtown Dental Partners – Boston, MA, might be just what you need. Sleep apnea could be harmful since it keeps you from breathing normally hundreds of times every night when the tissues in your soft palate and throat collapse. When this occurs, your airway is obstructed, preventing oxygen from reaching your brain and other organs. Not addressing your sleep apnea could lead to hypertension, cardiovascular illness, memory loss, mood changes, weight gain, fatigue, and other alarming conditions. So naturally, having a trained dentist, like those at our office, to treat and provide you with the most cutting-edge dental options available is vital. If you suffer from severe sleep apnea, a dental-based sleep apnea solution is likely not the best option for you. In these cases, a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machine might be one of the best options. Some common indicators of a sleep apnea problem are:

  • Loud snoring, choking, or gasping for air
  • Headaches or a dry mouth in the morning
  • Insomnia
  • Difficulty waking up
  • Feeling sleepy for much of the day
  • Moodiness and irritability
  • Weight gain

What To Expect From Sleep Apnea Treatment

Sleep apnea treatment at Downtown Dental Partners – Boston, MA, utilizes oral appliance therapy (OAT), which can be an effective treatment for sleep apnea. This custom-made device fits in your mouth at night and is often compared to a mouth guard or a retainer. The most important difference is that rather than protecting your teeth from harm, it softly places the jaw into a forward position to keep your airway open. There are more than a hundred distinct versions of OAT on the market so we will work with you to make certain you receive the right one for you. This can be determined after we perform an exam of your jaw, tongue, airway, and teeth. You will also have oral x-rays performed so we can create impressions of your teeth for your oral appliance.

Follow-Up Sleep Apnea Care

Once your dental appliance has been made, you will be ready for a fitting. Downtown Dental Partners – Boston, MA, will contact you for a follow-up appointment to fit and adjust your OAT and make it as comfortable as possible. We will make sure to allow ample time to help you learn about your snoring or sleep apnea device, including the proper way to clean, store, and maintain it. It's important to bring your mouthpiece to checkups or come back every year so we can check the wear and tear on your device. Your overall quality of life should dramatically improve if you adhere to our directions correctly.

Insurance Coverage for Sleep Apnea Appliances

Dental insurance policies for sleep apnea treatments tend to vary so we'll contact your dental insurance carrier to help us determine any out-of-pocket costs. Whether you have dental insurance or not, we can provide you with cost estimates so you can make the best arrangements. To make your sleep apnea treatment more affordable, Downtown Dental Partners – Boston, MA, accepts several payment methods and might have the ability to help you find low-interest medical financing.

Sleep Soundly

If your breathing was interrupted numerous times every day from your own airway being obstructed, you'd seek medical advice straight away. However, the same thing could be happening to individuals at night, and they don't recall it when they awaken. If you are experiencing loud snoring, choking during the night, morning headaches, and more, then we encourage you to schedule an appointment at Downtown Dental Partners – Boston, MA, at your earliest convenience to meet with our skilled team of dentists.

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