Dentist in Franklin, OH educate patients on snoring and sleep apnea
At K&E Advanced Dentistry, we are committed to providing patients with general, cosmetic, and restorative dental care. In addition, we also offer treatment options for patients who are dealing with conditions such as snoring and obstructive sleep apnea. This is achieved with the use of oral appliance therapy. Patients in the area of Franklin, OH are welcome to visit our dentists to learn more about these conditions and how they can be treated with the help of a quality dental team!
Snoring and obstructive sleep apnea
A condition known as OSA or obstructive sleep apnea is a sleeping disorder experienced by many people. In fact, many patients are unaware that they even have the condition and may undergo a sleep study to have it diagnosed. This is often done when a physician suspects OSA or if the patient’s sleeping partner is concerned about snoring and gasping at night that may be indicative of this condition. This condition is caused by a blockage in the airway which keeps patients from achieving that deep, restorative sleep they need to feel their best each day.
What are the symptoms of obstructive sleep apnea?
While snoring is a symptom, all snorers do not automatically have obstructive sleep apnea. This condition involves many other signs and symptoms which may include:
- Gasping while sleeping
- Awakening hundreds of times a night
- Daytime fatigue
- Poor memory and concentration
When patients are experiencing a combination of these symptoms, they are encouraged to speak to their primary physician to undergo a sleep study for a proper diagnosis.
What happens after diagnosis?
Following a diagnosis of obstructive sleep apnea, many physicians recommend patients use a CPAP machine. This is a device used for patients with sleep apnea that helps in keeping the airways open and reducing the likelihood of blockage. It is an device with a mask that is worn over the nose and mouth by the patient as they sleep. However, this treatment can be cumbersome and uncomfortable for many patients. The machine may also be difficult to travel with, making many patients not comply with their use. This is often the first line of defense against obstructive sleep apnea, but definitely not the only one! This is when patients take the time to learn about oral appliance therapy.
Oral appliance therapy explained
For patients who want a more comfortable and convenient method of treatment for obstructive sleep apnea, we often recommend oral appliance therapy. Our dentists will evaluate a patient and discuss with them the benefits of wearing a special mouth guard at night to keep airways open. Many patients find that these oral appliances are extremely comfortable, easy to clean, simple to wear, and are perfect for those who travel and need something portable. This simple mouth guard can combat the many effects of obstructive sleep apnea while enhancing one’s overall quality of life. When patients with OSA begin to treat their condition, they notice they have more energy each day and feel revitalized! Our professionals will walk patients through the process starting with impressions of the mouth to get a proper fit and ensure functionality. Our team, especially Dr. Mamta Kori, finds that all patients with obstructive sleep apnea are appropriate candidates for oral appliance therapy.
How much does oral appliance therapy cost?
The cost of oral appliance therapy can differ, depending on whether a patient has medical insurance. Because oral appliances are often seen as medical devices, they are commonly covered by insurance companies in part or in whole. This depends greatly on the policy patients have, so it is important for men and women to bring in their medical insurance cards during their visit to discuss coverage.
Schedule a visit with the team at K&E Advanced Dentistry today!
Call our practice at (937) 435-5073 to schedule an appointment with Drs. Scott Everhart, Mamta Kori, Isha Patel, Farhad Jamshidi, and Yoon Yi at 3420 Atrium Boulevard #100 in Franklin, OH for quality care for a variety of dental concerns. We welcome patients in and around the community, including patients who choose to visit our Centerville area practice.Back to Sleep Apnea and Snoring Page