- Do you snore when you sleep?
- Have you been told that you’ve stopped breathing while you sleep?
- Do you have high blood pressure?
- Have you noticed that you’ve been gaining weight?
- Do you wake up with morning headaches?
If so, you may have sleep apnea. Take our sleep risk assessment to find out.
What Is It?
Obstructive sleep apnea is a serious medical treatment characterized by involuntary pauses in breathing during sleep. Snoring is a symptom of sleep apnea since it demonstrates that air is unable to flow properly. Sleep apnea is most common amongst men, people who are overweight, have high blood pressure, and a family history of sleep apnea. Sleep apnea will disrupt your natural sleep cycles. This can cause you to feel tired. Sleep apnea is highly associated with several life threatening conditions such as: stroke (65%), hypertension (83%), obesity (77%), heart disease (76%) and diabetes (38%). Other associated conditions are: gastric reflux, anxiety, impotency, mood swings and nocturnal grinding of the teeth (bruxism).
Sleep apnea does not “go away”, and it tends to get worse over time especially with weight gain. It requires consistent treatment to help avoid the onset of the previously mentioned chronic conditions.
Associated Costs and Risks of Untreated Sleep Apnea
- Undiagnosed sleep apnea patients used $200,000.00 more in health care costs in the two-year period prior to diagnosis than those without sleep apnea.
- Prior to sleep apnea diagnosis, patient’s utilized 23-50% more medical resources.
- Undiagnosed moderate to severe middle-aged sleep apnea patients may cause $3.4 billion in additional medical costs in the US.
- The total economic cost of sleepiness is approximately $43-56 billion.
- People with moderate to severe sleep apnea are 15 times more likely to be involved in a traffic accident.
- Treating all US drivers suffering from sleep apnea would save $11.1 billion in collision costs and save 980 lives annually.
Treating Sleep Apnea with Oral Appliance Therapy
Oral appliance therapy can help manage sleep apnea and snoring. Our My Sleep Solution team may help correct sleep apnea by fitting you with a custom appliance that can keep your airway open. Tongue retaining devices may be used to help manage your sleep apnea if your tongue is the reason your breathing is restricted.
Oral appliances are dental mouthpieces that fit very much like a sports mouth guard or removable orthodontic retainer. The device prevents the airway from collapsing by supporting the jaw in a forward position. OAT involves customization, selection, fabrication, adjustments, and long-term follow-up care by sleep professionals to ensure proper effectiveness.
Oral appliance therapy is used to treat snoring and obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). Specifically oral appliances are recommended for individuals who:
- Snore, but don’t have OSA
- Presented with mild to moderate OSA during a sleep study
- Were unsuccessful with CPAP or weight loss
- Desire an alternative to CPAP during travel
- Custom-made oral appliances are scientifically proven to be more effective than over-the-counter devices and have fewer side-effects.
We Can Help
Obstructive sleep apnea can be caused by extra tissue around the tongue, throat, or nose. Oral appliance therapy can be successful in treating obstructive sleep apnea. Our experienced dental team in Cordova, TN, is eager to help you feel rested and refreshed. Call My Sleep Solution for a consultation today.
The best part about this life changing therapy is that it is covered by your medical insurance.