Sleep Apnea Therapy – New Braunfels, TX
Getting a Good Night’s Rest Again
Every night, millions of Americans lose hours of quality sleep due to a disorder called sleep apnea. You may not even know you have this condition, but it can leave you feeling tired during the day and put a strain on your body, leading to numerous health threats. Here at Comal Dental, Dr. Earnest offers sleep apnea therapy, a special treatment that will let you breathe easily at night again. Contact us today to schedule an appointment so that you can rest well again.
What is Obstructive Sleep Apnea?
The term “sleep apnea” is usually being used to refer to obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), the second most common sleeping disorder in the world. When your airway becomes blocked by the tissues in your mouth or throat, it causes a pause in your breathing. If this happens multiple times a night, the result is OSA.
Sleep disorders like OSA are extremely dangerous. If the condition is left alone, you won’t ever reach the restorative stages of sleep, leaving you drowsy on a daily basis; as a result, you might lose your job due to poor performance, or you might get into an accident on the highway. You could even suffer from diabetes, cardiovascular problems, or dementia due to the disorder.
What are the Symptoms of Sleep Apnea?
If your partner says that you’ve been snoring loudly every night or that there have been noticeable pauses in your breathing, you’ll want to start seeking a diagnosis and possibly treatment for a sleep disorder. Other common symptoms include insomnia, restlessness, waking up with a sore throat, excessive exhaustion, and mood changes.
Treating Sleep Apnea with Oral Appliances
When patients are suffering from sleep apnea, Dr. Earnest can design a special oral appliance to be worn at night. These plastic devices slightly shift the lower jaw forward to help keep the airway open; an unblocked airway means normal breathing and uninterrupted rest. As another benefit, they can also be used to stop snoring.
Don’t worry about your appliance not fitting correctly; Dr. Earnest will take an impression of your bite to be used to create the device, allowing it to fit perfectly in your mouth. Oral appliances are also extremely convenient, being very small and easy to travel with.
If you have already been diagnosed with sleep apnea, you might be using a CPAP machine to force air into your throat throughout the night. However, many patients find this treatment to be ineffective or uncomfortable. In the worst-case scenario, the noise of the machine or an inability to adjust to the mask could keep you awake, defeating the entire purpose of the treatment. Depending on your situation, Dr. Earnest may be able to offer oral appliance therapy as an alternative. This way, you won’t have to worry about bulky, noisy machinery, and you can rest comfortably using an appliance that has been uniquely fitted for your smile. Of course, no treatment is right for every patient; a full examination and careful consideration are needed before we can recommend the switch.
Will Insurance Cover Sleep Apnea Therapy?
Your medical insurance (not your dental insurance) will likely help pay for an appliance. Of course, you’ll need to review your plan to see if coverage is offered. Our staff can help you with this process so that you can be sure you receive your entitled benefits.
How to Get Started
If you’ve already been diagnosed, you can schedule a consultation with Dr. Earnest; after a brief exam, he can discuss your treatment options. On the other hand, if you have yet to confirm the presence of sleep apnea, we can help make arrangements for you to undergo a sleep study.