Sleep Apnea Treatments in Temple, TX

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What is Obstructive Sleep Apnea?

A number of patients suffer from a common yet concerning disorder known as obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). This condition occurs when the soft tissues in the back of the mouth become lax and block your airways, causing you to stop breathing repeatedly throughout the night. Sleep apnea leads to momentary oxygen deprivation that places strain on the body and brain and may result in snoring, fatigue, high blood pressure, memory loss, and other concerning symptoms. At ACE Dental of Temple, our general dentists offer custom-made oral appliances to treat mild to moderate sleep apnea or patients who are intolerant of continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) therapy. These appliances can help minimize the risks of sleep apnea while reducing snoring and other symptoms. Schedule a visit at our Temple, TX practice to learn more about treating OSA with oral appliances and how you might come to enjoy a better night's sleep.

What are the symptoms of Sleep Apnea?

For patients diagnosed with more severe forms of sleep apnea, CPAP therapy may still be the leading treatment recommendation. But men and women with mild to moderate OSA could benefit from a dental solution. Sleep apnea should be treated as soon as possible, as it can impact your health in several ways. Some of the most common symptoms of obstructive sleep apnea are:

  • Frequent or loud snoring
  • Choking or gasping for air during sleep
  • Waking up with a sore throat or dry mouth
  • Restless sleep or insomnia
  • Memory fog or grogginess
  • Daytime fatigue
  • Frequent headaches
  • Waking up short of breath

How is Obstructive Sleep Apnea treated?

Our dentists treat sleep apnea through a dental solution referred to as oral appliance therapy (OAT). For this type of treatment, a custom oral appliance called a mandibular advancement device (MAD) is worn in the mouth between the top and bottom jaw during sleep. A MAD is similar to a night guard or sports mouth guard, but instead, gently holds the lower jaw (mandible) in a more forward position, which helps keep the airway open. After you have received a sleep apnea diagnosis from your medical doctor, our dentists can take dental impressions of your teeth, which a dental lab will use to custom-create your MAD. You can then return to our office a couple of weeks later to have your sleep apnea appliance fitted for comfort.

How do you care for your oral appliance?

After our team adjusts your oral appliance, we will provide instructions on how to clean, store, and care for it. Further adjustments can be made over time to ensure it remains as effective as possible and continues to hold your lower jaw in the proper position while you sleep. Please remember to bring the device with you to routine check-up visits at ACE Dental of Temple so our dentists can evaluate your appliance for wear and tear. A mandibular advancement device can help protect your health, reduce snoring and other symptoms, offering you a better night's rest when worn as suggested.

What do oral appliances cost?

If you carry dental insurance, our billing team will contact your provider to learn whether your plan offers any benefits toward sleep apnea appliances. At ACE Dental of Temple, we strive to make dental care accessible to all patients and accept several affordable payment methods for your convenience. We will also be glad to help you explore low-interest financing options or assist you in finding a solution that fits within your budget.

Sleep Soundly with an Oral Appliance

Daytime fatigue, loud snoring, and other symptoms may be an indication of a sleep apnea condition that could affect your health. Our Temple, TX dentists are pleased to offer custom oral appliances to minimize the effects of obstructive sleep apnea and increase your quality of sleep. Get in touch with ACE Dental of Temple today to schedule a consultation if you believe you or a loved one may be experiencing sleep apnea.

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