Most patients who are diagnosed with sleep apnea are prescribed a CPAP machine for nightly use. While effective in minimizing symptoms, studies have discovered that regularly sleeping with a CPAP is so unpleasant that nearly half of all patients stop using it entirely after the first year! If you struggle with mild to moderate Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA), there’s another option: oral appliance therapy.
At Sleep Solutions by Michel Dental, Dr. Michel enjoys helping patients discover another way to rest without interruptions. His custom appliances are very comfortable, simple to use, conveniently portable, and have been proven to noticeably improve the quality of sleep over time.
Once you’ve received a diagnosis of OSA, you can start the process of trying out an oral appliance from Dr. Michel. These devices are designed to be worn only while asleep; They fit over the rows of teeth in a similar way to a sportsguard. By slightly adjusting the jaw and/or tongue, they’re able to reduce or eliminate airway closure and prevent frequent stops in breathing. The patient sleeps through the night and wakes up feeling genuinely energized at last!
Please keep in mind that if you experience Central Sleep Apnea or very severe OSA symptoms, the use of a CPAP and/or corrective surgery may be the only possible options for treatment.
Do you need to stop snoring? In this situation, procuring a custom oral appliance from Dr. Michel is a relatively easy process. Schedule a consultation at either our Silver Lake or Topeka location and let our team know what your concerns are. Dr. Michel will carefully evaluate your airway to determine if a custom appliance is the best way to correct the problem. If he thinks you may also suffer from sleep apnea, additional testing could be recommended. Otherwise, he will capture a detailed impression of the teeth and use it to design a highly personalized appliance that will help you sleep much more quietly.
However, for patients who believe they might have sleep apnea, a diagnosis from a sleep physician is required before Dr. Michel can start making any oral appliances. Our team can provide the proper tools for an at-home sleep test, or you can visit a sleep laboratory – your choice! The findings from this test will be forwarded to a nearby sleep physician, who will then provide a full diagnosis of your condition. Once we know that your symptoms are a good fit for oral appliance therapy, Dr. Michel will get to work right away.
Dr. Michel believes in providing custom oral appliances that not only result in higher quality sleep but can also be worn very comfortably night after night. That why he painstakingly designs each unique device based on the patient’s one-of-a-kind oral structures, working with some of the world’s top manufacturers. There’s definitely no “one-size-fits-all” treatment when it comes to dental sleep medicine, and our team will also go the extra mile to make sure patients achieve consistently improved rest.
Many patients who are currently using a CPAP machine to treat their sleep apnea may be interested in trying out oral appliance therapy as an alternative. Dr. Michel recommends that you speak with your general physician or sleep doctor about this possibility first. Oral appliance therapy is not a viable option for all types and severities of sleep disorder, unfortunately. However, if you get the green light, our team will be happy to partner with your doctor and provide you with a comprehensively personalized device.
Oral appliances that are specifically designed for sleep apnea typically cannot be paid for with dental insurance. Because sleep apnea is a medical condition, your medical insurance most likely offers at least partial coverage instead. This can be a little confusing for patients who are used to working through their dental insurance – and we understand! Thankfully, our team is very talented when it comes to navigating medical insurance claims and helping you take advantage of your deserved benefits. We want to help make your new, custom oral appliance as affordable as possible! Contact us today if you have any questions or concerns.