Sleep Apnea Treatment – Mt. Holly, NJ
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Are you having trouble sleeping? Has your partner been bothered by loud snoring or tossing and turning? You may have sleep apnea—a disorder that can affect the sleep of you and your loved ones. Thankfully, we offer expert treatment to give our patients the rest that you need and deserve. Read on to learn more about sleep apnea and how we treat it at Mt. Holly Family Dentistry.
What is Sleep Apnea?
Sleep apnea is a sleeping disorder that affects your breathing during your night’s rest. The most common type is obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), which occurs when your throat and tongue muscles relax and block your airway during sleep. This can cause you to start and stop sleeping sometimes hundreds of times throughout the night. The worst part is, unless your sleeping partner notices, there’s a chance that you could have sleep apnea without knowing it. In fact, it’s estimated that 80% of sleep apnea cases in the US are untreated, which is why it’s vital to your health that you and your sleeping partner can recognize the common warning signs.
Symptoms of Sleep Apnea
It’s important that you and your sleeping partner understand these common signs and symptoms of sleep apnea:
- Excessive daytime sleepiness
- Sexual dysfunction
- Memory loss
- Difficulty concentrating
If you notice any of these symptoms, contact our office right away for treatment. This is a problem that can unfortunately affect everyone in the household because of loud snoring, which is another reason to schedule a visit to get your good night’s sleep back.
What is a Sleep Study?
If you have been exhibiting the symptoms of sleep apnea, we may order a sleep study. This is a test that records your body’s activity during sleep, allowing us to find the root of the problem and treat it. Many times, a sleep study is the patient’s first step towards better nightly rest.
Sleep Apnea Treatment
Traditional treatment for sleep apnea involves the use of a CPAP machine, which constantly pushes air through your airway to help you breathe during sleep. While these machines can be effective, they come with their own disadvantages like noise and hassle. That’s why we offer oral appliance therapy to treat sleep apnea. These are custom-made oral devices that are designed to shift the position of your jaw and tongue so that your airflow remains open during sleep.
Understanding the Cost of Sleep Apnea
The good news is that most medical insurance plans cover treatment for sleep apnea, whether you need a CPAP machine, an oral appliance, or a combination of the two. Our friendly team is experienced in maximizing our patients’ insurance to minimize out of pocket costs. Plus, if you don’t have insurance, we offer financing options to ensure that all of our patients can get the good night’s sleep that they deserve.