Sleep Apnea Treatments (Oral Appliance Therapy, OAT) – Lakewood, CO

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Overview

The disorder known as sleep apnea is recognized by repeated stops in your breathing while you sleep. This is caused by the muscles relaxing and gravity pulling close your airways. The momentary suffocation that develops creates excessive strain on the body, which may lead to heart complications like hypertension, memory loss, mood change, weight gain, and fatigue. There are lots of sleep or snoring apnea solutions to choose from, varying from airway surgeries such as a adenoidectomy, maxillofacial surgery, tonsillectomy, or a CPAP device could be an option for treatment. Sometimes people aren't satisfied with these solutions. In these cases, they may turn to dental options to help address the issue. At Alpine Dental Arts in Lakewood, CO, we concentrate on producing custom-fit nighttime guards to offer relief to our sleep apnea patients. Dr. Justin Becerra is pleased to offer this easy, comfortable, and dependable support that will help you attain better health and well-being.

Best Candidates

Patients who suffer with severe sleep apnea aren't good candidates to receive a dental-based remedy. In these instances, a Continuous Positive Air Pressure (CPAP) system may be among the greatest choices. However, if you have a mild to moderate snoring issue, a dental solution might be exactly what you want. Sleep apnea can be harmful because it stops you from breathing hundreds of times a night as the cells in your soft palate and throat collapse. When this occurs, your airway is obstructed, preventing oxygen from getting to your brains and other organs. So naturally, it's vital to have it treated and diagnosed properly using the very best options available.

What To Expect

Sleep apnea therapy by Dr. Becerra at Alpine Dental Arts uses what's known as oral appliance therapy (OAT), which may be a very effective treatment for sleep apnea. It's a customized device that fits in your mouth at night, and it is often compared to a mouth guard for sporting events or even a retainer. The most important difference is that rather than protecting your teeth from injury, it softly places the jaw into a forward position to continue to keep your airway open. There are over a hundred different versions on the market, so Dr. Becerra will work with you to be certain you receive the perfect one for your needs. This will be determined after he performs an examination of your teeth, jaw, tongue, and airway. You'll also have oral x-rays taken so that we can create detailed impressions of your teeth for your dental appliance.

Follow-Up

After your appliance has been manufactured at the technologically advanced dental laboratory, it will be time for a fitting. Alpine Dental Arts will call you for your follow-up appointment. Dr. Becerra will adjust and fit the appliance according to your feedback to make it as comfortable as possible. He will also take as much time as you need to teach you about your snoring/sleep apnea appliance including the proper way to store, clean, and maintain it. Dr. Becerra will ask you to bring your device to future appointments and return every year to check for wear and tear. 

Insurance Coverage

Insurance coverage for sleep apnea therapies may fluctuate, therefore we'll contact your dental insurance provider to help us determine your out-of-pocket expenses. Whether you have dental insurance or not, Dr. Becerra can give you price estimates while discussing your treatment choices. To help make your dental procedures more affordable, Alpine Dental Arts takes several payment methods and might have the ability to assist you in finding low-interest medical financing.

Sleep Apnea Treatments

If your breathing was interrupted numerous times every day due to your own airway being obstructed, you'd look for treatment straight away. However, if the exact same thing occurs during your sleep, it can be all too simple to ignore since you won't recall it when you awaken. If you think you might be experiencing sleep apnea, then we encourage you to arrange for an appointment at Alpine Dental Arts at your first convenience.

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