About Sleep Apnea
Snoring and sleep apnea are not only disruptive for the sufferer, but can keep up his or her partner, as well as anybody within ear shot. CPAP machines can be cumbersome and hard to use, so they may not do the trick. San Diego, CA cosmetic dentists, Dr. Langenbach and Dr. Thomas, offer an alternative with customized night guards. These guards are designed to fit specifically and securely for the individual patient. Since sleep apnea is often caused by air not being able to flow correctly due to a constricted throat or restricted airways, the night guard keeps the jaw in the correct position to improve air flow. This, in turn, reduces snoring and other breathing problems during sleep.
Doctors Lynne D. Thomas and Juergen Langenbach are dedicated to being part of the research and education in this field. Each year they dedicate hours to the pursuit of further education in the realms of sleep medicine and dental sleep medicine. They are both currently pursuing accreditation with the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine and the American Board of Dental Sleep Medicine.
"I am always treated like part of the family when I am in their office. Fantastic Dr.'s and fantastic team! "- J. / Demandforce / Aug 18, 2016
"Best experience I have EVER had at a dentist office. This office has high regard for cleanliness. The staff is so welcoming and they truly care about their patients overall wellbeing. Dr. Thomas is very knowledgeable and very sweet. I felt right at ease and confident in her assessment of my dental care. Her assistant Lauren was so warm and welcoming. She knows exactly what patients need and goes above and beyond to make everyone feel calm for procedures."- A.W. / Google / Sep 04, 2017
"I have been coming to this office since 1982 and love Dr Langenbach and his wife Dr Thomas. The staff is the best and everyone goes out of their way to get to know you personally. Everyone in this office is family."- D.H. / Yelp / Aug 02, 2017
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"How often can we say that we enjoy our dental appointments? My experience with Dr. Langenbach has been awesome from my very first visit. I so appreciate the fact that I can have everything taken care of at once without numerous revisits to complete a process! After all, we are all busy and time is valuable. Also, the numbing shots don't even hurt! This is the part I usually dread the most. Today I had a crown replacement which was a perfect fit and perfect color match from the initial fitting! Again, how awesome is that?! Less time with my mouth wide open and worrying about letting my new crown "settle in" after the fact. Thank you Dr. Langenbach, Lauren and all of your wonderful staff who do excellent work and always make me feel so comfortable."- C.P. / Yelp / May 15, 2017
What to Expect
Patients should get a sleep study to confirm their sleep apnea and go over possible treatments. If the patient decides to get an oral appliance, a mold will be taken of the patient’s mouth at the dentist. The mold will be sent to a dental laboratory where a custom mouth guard will be created based on the patient’s needs. When the mouth guard is returned to the office, the patient will come in to have their oral appliance fitted. The patient will wear their oral appliance at night to open their airway and minimize or eliminate snoring and sleep apnea.
Patients should wear their mouth guard every night and follow care instructions given by their dentist. Patients should bring their mouth guard to when they visit the dentist for dental exams and cleanings so the dentist can check the fit and wear of the appliance. Proper care will help the night guard last longer, oral appliances will need to be replaced over time.
A custom oral appliance for sleep apnea usually costs from $800 – $2,000, which includes dental visits, molds, fittings, and follow up appointment as well as the device. Most insurance companies cover some or all of the cost of oral appliance therapy.
Plan Your Procedure
- Average Cost
- $800 - $3,200
- Procedure Recovery Location
- In Office
Sleep In Peace
Sleep apnea may be preventing you or your partner from getting a good night’s sleep, but a custom oral appliance can help everyone. Anyone who worries that they or their partner suffers from sleep apnea should schedule a consultation with their dentist.