Sleep apnea is a disorder that often manifests as repeated waking throughout the night, a feeling of breathlessness upon awakening, snoring, excessive tiredness throughout the day, or a general feeling that one has not gotten enough sleep. It can be debilitating, but it can be treated using oral appliances. Read the following sleep apnea FAQs to learn more.
What Are Oral Appliances?
Oral appliances are simply devices that are made of silicone or plastic that fit in your mouth and hold your mouth and throat in a position that will allow you to breathe more easily.
Are There Different Kinds of Oral Appliances?
Yes, and the type of oral appliance that will work best for you will depend on a lot of factors, including your age and weight. People who have a normal body weight for their age and are young to middle-aged, for instance, will do best with one type of appliance, whereas the elderly or overweight will require another type.
Do I Need a Custom Sleep Apnea Appliance?
Maybe. There have been studies done comparing one type of appliance to another, and generally speaking, it has been found that people who have custom appliances get better results than those who use a “one size fits all” appliance.
How Can I Find the Right Sleep Apnea Appliance?
Your dentist can help you to choose the appliance that fits you best.
How Long Will My Sleep Apnea Appliance Last?
This pretty much depends on design and use. Usually, a sleep apnea appliance will last about six years, which is a good thing if you are depending on your insurer to pay for it; most insurers (Medicare included) will only pay to replace your appliance once every five years.
How Can I Tell That My Sleep Appliance Is Working?
Well, if you are getting a good night’s sleep, chances are that your appliance is working for you. If you are not sleeping well, though, you should have your appliance checked out – if it is deemed to be effective but you are still not getting the rest you need, then it might not be the right appliance for you.
If you are not getting the sleep you need, and you think that the cause could be sleep apnea, once you have read these sleep apnea FAQs, contact your dentist in Rapid City for a consultation. You can reach Loftus Dental by calling 605-341-4521 or by using the form on our Contact Us page.