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Frequently Asked Dnetal Sleep Medicine Questions

It’s very likely that patients in need of sleep apnea treatment will have questions about what to expect, and our team at Sleep Solutions by Michel Dental is happy to answer them. For added convenience, we’ve taken the time to compile answers to some of the frequently asked dental sleep medicine questions we receive below. If you don’t see the information you need on this page, please call us in either Silver Lake or Topeka, KS to speak with Dr. Michel or an assistant directly.

I regularly snore. Does that mean I have sleep apnea?

While snoring is a primary symptom of sleep apnea, chronic snorers don’t automatically suffer from the condition. However, it is likely that snoring leads to lower-quality sleep and tiredness throughout the day. People who snore also have an elevated risk of developing sleep apnea in the future. Thankfully, snorers can use oral appliance therapy to curb the bad habit, improve their health, and prevent spouses from getting too angry as well!

What are the symptoms of sleep apnea?

Sleep apnea negatively affects patients in different ways, and no two cases are exactly the same. That said, the most common symptoms include the following:

How can a dentist treat sleep apnea?

Dentists like Dr. Michel have undergone extensive training in dental sleep medicine in order to design oral appliances that help keep the airway safely unblocked throughout the night. Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) primarily occurs in the mouth and/throat, and no one knows this area better than your dentist. Better yet, Dr. Michel’s advanced expertise allows him to successfully assess each patient’s airway and collaborative with sleep physicians in order to plan the ideal treatment.

I think I have sleep apnea. What should I do first?

Take the STOP-BANG Assessment here on our website! This test is very short and only consists of “yes” or “no” questions; the results will help Dr. Michel assess your likely risk for sleep apnea. Once you’ve submitted your answers, our team will reach out to you within 24 hours and let you know if we think you should come in for a consultation.

I already use a CPAP machine. Can I get an oral appliance?

If you’ve been diagnosed with sleep apnea by a physician and are currently undergoing treatment with a CPAP, we recommend first going back to your doctor and asking if oral appliance therapy would be a good alternative. In most instances, only patients with mild to moderate Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) can benefit from oral appliance therapy alone; however, combined therapy (using an oral appliance and CPAP together) could also be possible for more severe cases.

Will insurance help pay for my oral appliance?

Most medical insurance plans do offer at least partial coverage for oral appliances that are specifically meant to treat sleep apnea. Yes, this is a little confusing – even though you’re seeing a dentist, you’re not using dental insurance! However, this condition definitely falls under the medical umbrella. Even patients with Medicaid can take advantage of their coverage here at Sleep Solutions by Michel Dental. Thankfully, we have the knowledge and experience needed to navigate this system with ease, helping our patients maximize their deserved benefits and save hard-earned money on high-quality care.