About Sleep Apnea
Snoring can be a sign that you or your loved one is suffering from Sleep Apnea. Sleep Apnea is the constriction of the airway while sleeping, commonly caused by the mal-alignment of the jaw when it becomes relaxed. Our first recommendation Start Smiling when a patient is found to be suffering from Sleep Apnea or snoring is to fit them for a custom night guard. This is referred to as Oral Appliance Therapy (OAT). These custom night guards help to correct the position of the jaw while a patient sleeps, holding it in place as they relax to prevent the obstruction of the airway and preventing snoring. If your sleep apnea is found to be more severe than can be treated with Oral Appliance Therapy, our Sandy Springs dental team may recommend a sleep study. Give us a call today; we look forward to helping you find a solution to your snoring.
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What to Expect
Snoring and sleep apnea are very commonly treated with a night guard, which is used to hold the lower jaw forward during sleep, repositioning the jaw and clearing the airway that is usually obstructed, causing the snoring. Only a dental professional can custom design, create, and fit a night guard to be used as oral appliance therapy for treating sleep apnea. If a night guard is not the solution to your sleep apnea, you will be referred to a specialist, to discuss more invasive and possibly surgical options. This is what makes consulting with your Start Smiling dentist about your sleep apnea issues so very important.
Another benefit of using a night guard as a solution to your snoring and sleep apnea issues is the ease of caring for the appliance. Our night guards are easy to wear and easy to clean. Simply add it to your oral healthcare routine and wash, rinse and dry it after each wear. In the future, you will take your night guard to each and every dental visit to allow your Start Smiling dental team the opportunity to inspect it to ensure that it is holding up properly and does not require any modifications.
Treatment for sleep apnea and snoring may or may not be covered by insurance depending on the patients healthcare benefits. Our Start Smiling billing and finance team would be glad to look up your benefits, and figure out exactly how much of the treatment will be covered as well as how much, if any will need to come out of pocket. As always, we are gladly to offer payment arrangements, and accept Care Credit as well as various other payment methods.
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- Average Cost
- $800 - $2,000
- Procedure Recovery Location
- In Office
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Snoring affects everyone in your house, but can affect you the most. Undiagnosed and untreated sleep apnea can have serious long term side effects. If you, or a person you love is suffering from sleep apnea, or loud uncontrollable snoring, give our appointment concierge a call today to schedule a consultation at your earliest convenience.