Sleep Apnea Therapy – Tyler, TX
Get The Rest You Deserve
Do you always feel exhausted during the day despite how much you sleep? Does your partner constantly complain about your loud snoring? Do you have problems remembering things or staying focused despite your best efforts? If so, then you could be suffering from sleep apnea, the second most common sleep disorder in the world. Left untreated, it cannot only rob you of your sleep but your long-term health as well. Thankfully, Dr. Stansbury is able to provide a safe and proven option for sleep apnea therapy in Tyler, TX that can fit right in your pocket.
Why Choose Stansbury Dental Sleep Apnea Therapy?
- Custom-Made Oral Appliances For Optimal Comfort
- Get Rid Of Your Bulky CPAP At Last
- Comfortable, Inviting Dental Office Environment
What is Sleep Apnea?
Sleep apnea is a condition where a person experiences short and frequent lapses in breathing while they sleep. This is most often caused by the soft tissues in the mouth and throat relaxing too much and blocking the airway. This forces the body to partially wake up in order to restore the flow of oxygen, preventing a person from getting the deep, restful sleep they need. This lack of oxygen is also extremely taxing on the body, causing the blood pressure to skyrocket and remain high even during a person’s waking hours.
You may be suffering from sleep apnea if:
- You always feel tired despite sleeping 7-9 hours a night
- You snore loudly every night
- You ever wake up suddenly gasping for air or out of breath
- You have memory issues
- You have a hard time focusing on tasks
- You experience mood swings or depression
- You have problems gaining weight or keeping weight off
How We Can Help
The most popular treatment for sleep apnea is CPAP therapy, where a patient literally straps on a mask connected to an air pump that forces oxygen into the throat in order to keep the airway open. As you can imagine, many patients find this very uncomfortable! This is why Dr. Stansbury is happy to offer a less invasive alternative: oral appliance therapy.
With this approach, all a patient has to do is wear a custom-made oral appliance to bed. It will slightly shift the lower jaw forward, and this helps keep the airway open and prevent apnea symptoms, enabling a patient to breathe normally throughout the night and wake up feeling refreshed. These appliances are small, easy to use, create no noise, and have been shown to improve the sleep quality of 90% of the people who use them consistently.
How Do I Get an Oral Appliance?
You first need to have a diagnosis of sleep apnea from your doctor. If you have yet to be diagnosed, just give us a call, and we’ll help you take the necessary steps to do so.
If you’re ready to finally get the quality of sleep you deserve, Dr. Stansbury is ready to help you do it. To learn more about oral appliance therapy and what it can do for you, contact us today.
Sleep Apnea FAQs
If you were recently diagnosed with sleep apnea, you are certain to have several concerns about the road ahead. Don’t worry, your sleep dentist will explain everything during your consultation for treatment. While you wait for your appointment, here are the answers to a few frequently asked questions to help calm your nerves.
Do I have sleep apnea if I snore?
Snoring doesn’t always indicate sleep apnea, although the two are often connected. Everyone snores occasionally, such as when dealing with nasal congestion. However, if it’s an ongoing problem, it could be a sign of something more serious, like sleep apnea. The most common form of sleep apnea is caused by an obstruction in the upper airway. The soft tissues or tongue can relax while sleeping, blocking the airway and causing interruptions in breathing. Loud, chronic snoring is associated with sleep apnea because it also occurs from a narrowed airway. Snoring is the sound of vibrations as air passes over the restricted airway. If sleep apnea is the cause, you can treat both issues using an oral appliance.
Is oral appliance therapy as effective as a CPAP?
A CPAP machine is the most traditional treatment for sleep apnea; however, oral appliance therapy is a great alternative. Oral appliances are FDA-approved to treat mild-to-moderate cases of sleep apnea. They can be used alone or along with a CPAP. Research has found regular use of the appliances can improve sleep apnea symptoms by over 90%. When compared to a CPAP, an oral appliance has a higher compliance rate, making it an effective treatment long-term.
Can I use my dental insurance for sleep apnea treatment?
Although you will be visiting a dentist, you won’t use your dental coverage to pay for your treatment. Sleep apnea is a medical condition, which means your health insurance will be billed. While it is a medical issue, dentists are specially trained in oral anatomy. Not only are they experts in the teeth and gums but also in all aspects of oral health and functions. As a result, they have the qualifications necessary to create high-quality oral appliances. Don’t worry, your dentist will work on your behalf with your health insurance to maximize your benefits.
What are the benefits of oral appliance therapy?
Many patients prefer an oral appliance over a CPAP for many reasons, including:
- Comfortable and custom-fit
- Less restrictive
- Portable and convenient
- No noise, hoses, or cords
- Easy maintenance and care
- Affordable, effective solution
How much does sleep apnea therapy cost?
There’s not a flat rate for sleep apnea therapy because every situation differs. After learning more about your diagnosis and preferences, Dr. Stansbury will create an individualized strategy to stop pauses in your breathing. We’ll provide you with a personalized estimate and explain the fees associated with your plan. We will also review your payment options, like using your health insurance or third-party financing. A member of our team will help you find the solutions you need to breathe easier while accommodating your budget.