Oral appliance therapy as a treatment for patients in Franklin, OH diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnea
At K&E Advanced Dentistry in Franklin, OH, patients in the community who have been diagnosed with a condition known as obstructive sleep apnea can find effective treatments with our team. In most cases, patients who have this condition will benefit from oral appliance therapy.
Understanding obstructive sleep apnea
Obstructive sleep apnea is a condition that can negatively impact one’s quality of life. This is because the condition does not allow a patient to reach that deep, restorative level of sleep needed to feel great each day. Drs. Mamta Kori and Scott Everhart describes obstructive sleep apnea as a sleeping disorder that causes patients to stop breathing sometimes hundreds of times a night. This is due to a blockage in the airway. This blockage may be caused by excess fat on the neck, a tongue that falls back to the throat, or even poor jaw alignment. Patients are often diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnea by their primary care physician after undergoing a sleep study at a facility or wearing a special monitor while they sleep at night in their own bed. Once a diagnosis has been made, many physicians will recommend treatment with a CPAP machine. However, many patients do not comply with this treatment because the system is loud, uncomfortable, and difficult to travel with. This is when patients are urged to visit their dentist for an alternative solution known as oral appliance therapy.
What is oral appliance therapy?
Oral appliance therapy is the use of a specialized dental appliance made for the patient to keep the airways open to treat obstructive sleep apnea. This appliance is customized for the patient. When worn, it keeps the airways open by holding down the tongue and aligning the jaw. By doing this, patients can reach that deep sleep they need to feel rejuvenated every day and can look and feel their best! Oral appliance therapy can greatly improve one’s overall quality of life, combatting common symptoms of OSA such as:
- Daytime fatigue
- Dry mouth
- Poor memory
- Poor concentration
Who is a candidate for oral appliance therapy?
Any patient who has been diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnea may want to ask their doctor or dentist about oral appliance therapy as a solution to their sleeping disorder. Drs. Mamta Kori and Scott Everhart see many patients in their practice who are struggling with using their CPAP machine and are seeking another form of treatment. With oral appliance therapy, patients can avoid traveling with their cumbersome device and feeling uncomfortable when they sleep. Oral appliances are made to fit in the mouth comfortably, and their smooth plastic is easy to wear without scratching the soft tissues of the mouth. Determining candidacy for oral appliance therapy can be achieved with a consultation appointment and initial evaluation with our team of professionals in Franklin, OH.
How much does oral appliance therapy cost?
In some cases, oral appliances may be covered by dental insurance if patients are part of a plan. We urge patients to bring their dental insurance cards with them when they visit so our team can apply any benefits to the overall cost of services. When compared to alternative treatments, oral appliance therapy is affordable. This economical solution is readily available for patients who are serious about taking care of their obstructive sleep apnea once and for all! During a consultation visit, patients can learn about the cost.
How often should I use my oral appliance?
When it comes to the treatment of obstructive sleep apnea, it is best that patients use their oral appliance every time they sleep, either at night or during naps in the daytime. This ensures proper control of the condition and reduced symptoms.
Schedule your visit with our team in Franklin, OH
Drs. Mamta Kori and Scott Everhart comprise the dental team of K&E Advanced Dentistry. Our practice is committed to ensuring patients have effective solutions available to them for their overall health and wellness, not just their smiles. The office is located at 3420 Atrium Boulevard, Suite #100 and can be reached by phone for an appointment at (937) 435-5073. Our practice also has locations in Centreville and Middletown for optimum convenience.
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