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.
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"If you’ve ever felt anxiety about going to the dentist - look no more! Alpine Dental Arts provides a dentist, Justin Becerra, DDS, and staff that will ease your worries! My husband and I had been discussing changing our dentist. A friend of our family was insistent that we give her dentist a try, because her entire family was so impressed with them. My husband and I decided to give Alpine Dental Arts a try, and we actually signed up with a new dental plan to make that happen.We were NOT disappointed ~ Dr Becerra and his staff are amazing! We all know how important the front desk is for first impressions and accommodations. Ramona and Kathy are very welcoming to each and every client, greeting them by name. They are very knowledgeable on dental procedures, and are always willing to assist with all insurance needs. They share a great sense of humor, as does the entire staff, which always helps to make you feel a little more relaxed and comfortable, especially in a dental office.I had the pleasure of having my first 6 month checkup/cleaning done by Crystal. She did a fabulous job with cleaning my teeth, and I told her that she was the first hygienist to clean my teeth without any discomfort. After my cleanings, I leave their office feeling like I had not been to the dentist. Crystal is very professional, does a great job as a hygienist, and is very calming. I have not had the pleasure of working with Joan, but I’m sure she is just as accommodating and professional.Then there is Barb, who has totally turned my life around with a beautiful smile! She accomplished this without me having to go through expensive braces or invasive procedures. I’m 65, and had pretty much planned on dealing with my teeth as they were from here on out. Over the years, they had turned yellow, and it was difficult for me to smile when having my picture taken. The tops of my front lower teeth had been chiseled away by my teeth grinding. I had two upper, pointed canines that had open spaces between nearby teeth. I finally decided to have my teeth whitened professionally, since the over the counter products didn’t seem to do the job. Barb was so patient and explained the whitening process very thoroughly. During my followup visit, she suggested I might be interested in having some bonding work done on the above mentioned problem areas. I wasn’t even aware of such procedures. She actually performed a quick sample of the procedure on my teeth so I would have an idea of what it would look like (before and after). Needless to say, I had the procedures done by Barb, at a low cost. She was very careful, and it was obvious she is a perfectionist. She wanted everything placed perfectly and shining. It was a very simple and quick procedure, with no pain, and no novocaine. It did wonders for my self-esteem!The newest member of the team, Justin Becerra, DDS, replaced the previous and wonderful Steven Anundsen, DDS (who retired). Dr Becerra is amazing as well. Both my husband and I felt very comfortable with Dr Becerra, and both agreed that he is definitely well educated in his field. He kept the incredible staff, which was encouraging to their clients, right from the start. He is very professional, and joins the entire staff with the ability to enlighten your day. Kudos to Alpine Dental Arts!"- C.D. / Google / Sep 06, 2018
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.
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 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.