Sleep Apnea Treatment – Cary, NC
If you’re one of the 22 million Americans estimated to have sleep apnea, there’s an 80% chance that you don’t even realize it. Living with the disorder means getting poor quality rest every night, and sooner or later that could put you at risk for devastating health problems. Let Dr. Singh help you get some well-deserved shuteye again with a custom-designed oral appliance for sleep apnea treatment in Cary, NC. Get in touch with Cary Dental Rejuvenation today to find out what steps are involved in having your disorder diagnosed and addressed.
Why Choose Cary Dental Rejuvenation for Sleep Apnea and Snoring Therapy?
- Quieter and More Convenient Alternatives to CPAP
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What is Sleep Apnea?
Sleep apnea – or, more specifically, obstructive sleep apnea – is the most common sleep-related breathing disorder. When your tonsils, tongue, or other structures in your mouth or throat relax during the night, they can collapse and block the airway. This causes regular breathing to stop, and the brain is forced to wake the body up to try and get some air. Sleep apnea episodes can occur hundreds of times every night, stopping you from reaching the deepest restorative stages of sleep.
The Dangers of Sleep Apnea
People with sleep apnea tend to be drowsy throughout the day even though they think they slept all night. This could easily lead to accidents on the road and in the workplace. But the most severe damage inflicted by sleep apnea normally could go unseen until it’s too late. People with the disorder are at a very high risk for hypertension, diabetes, heart failure, and stroke. In other words, untreated sleep apnea could be putting your life in danger.
You may not be the only victim of sleep apnea; it could be making it harder for your loved ones to get a good night’s rest as well. Loud snoring is one of the most common symptoms of obstructive sleep apnea, often accompanied by gasping for air. If your spouse complains that your snoring is keeping them up, that should be taken as a sign to have yourself checked for sleep apnea. Treating the disorder should also help stop the noise.
An Alternate to CPAP: Oral Appliance Therapy
CPAP machines that continuously force air into the throat are often the first choice for sleep apnea treatment, but for many patients they’re too loud or uncomfortable to use. That’s why Dr. Singh offers oral appliances as an alternative. An oral appliance will adjust your mouth or tongue in order to keep the airway open; there’s no noisy equipment to deal with, and your appliance will be custom-made to fit easily in your mouth. You might receive a different kind of oral appliance depending on your needs.
The Panthera D-SAD appliance is designed on a computer using high-quality digital scans of your mouth before being 3D printed using the latest materials. The oral appliances designed this way are some of the smallest and lightest on the market, and they are precisely made with your comfort in mind.
SomnoMed Herbst Advance
This oral appliance is the first of its kind to feature a calibration indicator that shows exactly how far forward it’s been adjusted – and thus give you and Dr. Singh greater control on your jaw’s resting position. If you have problems with how your appliance feels in your mouth, simply adjust it as needed.
Partnered with Wake County’s Top Sleep Physicians
Getting a good night’s sleep is vital, which is why Dr. Singh works with other sleep experts in Wake County to make sure you get the treatment you need. An outside sleep physician could fully diagnose your condition to confirm whether it’s sleep apnea or a different kind of sleep disorder. They can also suggest treatments such as surgery or CPAP in severe cases where oral appliances on their own may not be as effective.
Sleep Apnea FAQs
Are you struggling with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), or do you suspect that you have it? In either case, it is important that you consult with sleep experts who can get you on the road to better rest. Before you schedule your consultation, however, you may have questions about OSA and its available treatments. You may find the information you are seeking in the following list of FAQs. If not, contact us directly. We will be happy to speak with you!
What Are the Unique Features of the Panthera D-SAD?
The Panthera D-SAD is the smallest device of its kind in its industry, and it is the only one that is fabricated completely by CAD/CAM printing. It is therefore designed for ultimate comfort. Additionally, the team at Panthera offers a wide choice of plates and bands for its device, which accommodate different jaw and dental structures. That essentially means that each Panthera D-SAD is custom-made to provide effective treatment and a patient-friendly experience.
What Are the Unique Features of the SomnoMed Herbst Appliance?
The SomnoMed Herbst features a high level of lateral freedom and is often an excellent choice for people who suffer from heavy bruxism (teeth grinding). It also has a visual calibration indicator that makes adjustments very easy.
Which Device Is Right for Me?
Every patient is unique, which is why we cannot always recommend one appliance over the other. Once we get to know you and your situation better, we’ll be able to recommend the specific sleep apnea treatment that best fits your circumstances.
Does Dental Insurance Cover Oral Sleep Appliances?
Even though sleep apnea appliances are provided by a dentist, they are considered a medical treatment. Therefore, dental insurance does not usually cover them. The team at Cary Dental Rejuvenation will help you explore whether your medical policy will pay for your device. We do not want you to become stressed about paying for your treatment!
Can I Treat Sleep Apnea on My Own?
Sleep apnea in Cary is a serious condition that requires help from qualified medical professionals. However, there might be a few things you can do on your own to lessen the severity of your symptoms. For example, many patients find that sleeping on their side, rather than their back, facilitates easier breathing. It may also be beneficial if you
- Do not drink alcohol shortly before bedtime
- Make efforts to lose any excess body weight
- Quit smoking
When Will I Notice Results from Treatment?
You may sleep better the very first night you use your oral appliance! As you use your device night after night, you may gradually notice that you are more alert each day, that you are in a better mood, and that you feel refreshed every morning.