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Sleep Apnea Treatments (Oral Appliance Therapy, OAT) – Salina, KS

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Overview

The disorder known as sleep apnea is recognized by persistent stops in your breathing while you sleep. This is caused by the muscles relaxing and gravity pulling close your airways. The short-term suffocation that results creates excessive strain on the body, which may result in heart complications like memory loss, mood change, weight gain, fatigue, and hypertension. There are many sleep or snoring apnea alternatives to choose from, varying from airway surgeries such as an adenoidectomy, maxillofacial surgery, tonsillectomy, or a CPAP device. Sometimes people aren't happy with these solutions. In these instances, they may turn to dental choices to help resolve the issue. At Oral Facial and Implant Surgery Salina in Salina, KS, we concentrate on producing custom-fit nighttime guards to offer relief to our sleep apnea patients. Oral and maxillofacial surgeon Dr. Patrick Lucaci is pleased to provide this easy, comfortable, and dependable support that will help you attain better overall health and well-being.

Best Candidates

Men or women who suffer from severe sleep apnea aren't great candidates to receive a dental-based remedy. In these situations, a CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) machine might be among the greatest choices. However, in case you have a mild to moderate snoring issue, a dental remedy might be exactly what you want. Sleep apnea may be harmful because it stops you from breathing normally hundreds of times every night as the cells in your soft palate and throat collapse. When this occurs, your airway is obstructed, keeping oxygen from getting to your brain and other organs. So naturally, it's crucial to have it treated and diagnosed properly using the very best options available.

What To Expect

Sleep apnea therapy by Dr. Lucaci at Oral Facial and Implant Surgery Salina uses what's known as oral appliance therapy (OAT), which may be quite an effective treatment for sleep apnea. It's a customized device that fits in your mouth at night. It is often compared to a mouth guard for athletic events or even a retainer. The major difference is that rather than protecting your teeth from harm, it softly places the jaw into a forward position to continue to keep your airway open. There are over a hundred distinct versions on the market so Dr. Lucaci will work together with you to be certain to receive the most suitable one for you. This may be determined after he performs an assessment of your jaw, tongue, airway, and teeth. You'll also have oral x-rays performed so that Dr. Lucaci is able to create detailed impressions of your teeth for your dental appliance.

Follow-Up

After your dental appliance has been created at the technologically advanced dental laboratory, you will return to our office for a fitting. Oral Facial and Implant Surgery Salina will call you to set up your follow-up appointment. Dr. Lucaci will adjust and fit it according to your requirements to make it as comfortable as possible. He will make sure to allow ample time to teach you about your sleep apnea appliance to include the proper way to clean, store, and maintain it. Dr. Lucaci will ask you to bring your mouthpiece to future appointments and return every year to watch for wear and tear. Your overall quality of life will dramatically improve if you adhere to our directions correctly.

Insurance Coverage

Insurance policies for sleep apnea therapies may fluctuate; therefore, we'll contact your dental insurance carrier to help us determine your out-of-pocket expenses. Whether you carry dental insurance or not, Dr. Lucaci can give you price estimates while talking about your treatment choices. To help make your dental treatments cheaper, Oral Facial and Implant Surgery Salina takes several payment methods and might have the ability to assist you in finding low-interest medical financing.

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Sleep Apnea Treatments

If your breathing was interrupted numerous times every day due to your own airway being obstructed, you'd find help straight away. However, if the exact same thing occurs during your sleep, it may be all too simple to ignore as you won't recall it when you awaken. If you think you might be experiencing sleep apnea, then we invite you to schedule an appointment at Oral Facial and Implant Surgery Salina at your first convenience.

Learn More about OSA (Obstructive Sleep Apnea ) with the links below.

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