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
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.
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.