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Chances are, your partner will probably know about your sleep apnea before you do. There’s one particularly annoying sleep apnea symptom that significant others tend to notice: snoring. Unfortunately, that annoying vibrating sound is just one of many symptoms that sleep apnea suffers can demonstrate.
Generally speaking, Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) happens when the airway becomes obstructed during sleep. The soft tissue in the back of the throat and mouth fall back during sleep, sealing off the airway. When this happens, the body reacts by trying to rouse you — the heart rate increases and you may wake up in a panicked state. For sleep apnea sufferers, the airway becomes obstructed many times during the night, depending on the level of severity. The body struggles to function normally when you’re suffering from sleep apnea. Even a stage one case of sleep apnea can lead to:
Does a racing heartbeat wake you up at night? Do you feel uncharacteristically tired during the day? Is your partner losing sleep because of your snoring? If you answered “yes” to any of those, it might be time to get a sleep study done.
In the past, sleep studies were expensive and uncomfortable but with the new sleeptest.com program, it’s easy. We’ll give you a small device that you’ll wear for two nights while sleeping in your own bed. At the end of the study, we’ll send the information off to a sleep doctor located in Raleigh. In less than a week, you’ll have your results — all for the low price of $285. Compared to the typical sleep study price (around $2000), that’s a steal.
On average, sleep apnea affects more than 20 million Americans nationwide. A lot of those people don’t know it but the people who do usually depend on a CPAP to treat their problem. Unfortunately, CPAPs don’t work for everyone. If you have stage 1 or stage 2 sleep apnea, a small oral device may be all you need to finally get a full night’s sleep.
For sleep apnea, doctors frequently prescribe a CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) machine but only 23% – 45% of patients have success with a CPAP. At best, it’s a temporary solution that sleep apnea patients have to wear every night for the entire night. A lot of patients find that they take off the uncomfortable CPAP mask in the middle of the night, rendering it useless. For patients who do manage to keep it on all night, the machine can cause facial breakouts, eye and nasal irritation, mouth dryness, runny nose and sore throat. All in all, using a CPAP is not a comfortable experience.
Luckily, there’s an easy and affordable alternative. Stanley Dentistry in Cary, NC offers a small oral device that keeps the tongue from falling into the back of the throat while sleeping. Patients only have to wear the device while sleeping and we make them custom so the fit is comfortable. The device itself is made of a soft, pliable plastic that’s durable but easy to wear.
These appliances aren’t for everyone but for patients who have stage 1 or stage 2 sleep apnea, the success rate with Oral Appliance Therapy (OAT) is close to 100%.
After an initial consultation with us, we can fit you for your custom oral device. Although it’s an oral device, you can use your medical insurance (not dental insurance) to cover the costs of your treatment.
If you have sleep apnea and are CPAP machine intolerant, give us a call. You could be a great candidate for Oral Appliance Therapy.
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