Obstructive Sleep Apnea

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Obstructive Sleep Apnea Symptoms and Treatments

obstructed sleep apnea treatmentIf you've been diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), you likely know how detrimental its effects can be on your well-being. Fortunately, there are multiple treatment options for obstructive sleep apnea. At Riverbend Sleep, we are committed to helping those diagnosed with OSA find solutions that help them address their situation and enjoy a better quality of life.

If you've struggled to use a CPAP in the past and are seeking an alternative, we can help you explore other options, such as a custom oral appliance. You can count on us to answer your questions and to work closely with your dentist to ensure you receive personalized, comprehensive care. Contact us today to schedule your consultation!


Symptoms of Obstructive Sleep Apnea

Sleep apnea is a widespread sleep-related breathing disorder that affects millions of people across the nation. It causes you to repeatedly halt and start breathing while sleeping. Although there are several types of sleep apnea, the most common one is obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). It occurs when your throat muscles periodically collapse and block your airway as you sleep.

Common signs and symptoms of obstructive sleep apnea include:

  • Loud snoring
  • Sleepiness during the day
  • Abrupt awakenings coupled with gasping or choking
  • Observed sessions of halted breathing while you sleep
  • Persistent morning headaches
  • Waking up with a sore throat and dry mouth
  • Mood changes, such as irritability or depression
  • Difficulty concentrating during the day
  • Decreased libido
  • High blood pressure

Is an Oral Appliance Right for My Sleep Apnea?

obstructed sleep apnea appliancesIf you’ve been diagnosed with mild to moderate obstructive sleep apnea, you've likely been prescribed a continuous positive airflow pressure (CPAP) device. These specialized machines feature a mask that fits snugly over your mouth and nose and generates a steady stream of air to keep the airways open and streamline breathing. Unfortunately, for many patients, CPAPs can be awkward and cumbersome, so they don’t end up wearing them consistently. They can also be difficult to maintain, which could lead to hygiene issues.

At Riverbend Sleep, we provide a more comfortable, low-maintenance sleep apnea treatment as a CPAP alternative. The most common kind rests over your upper and lower teeth, gently pushing the lower jaw forward. As a result, the mouthpiece keeps your airway from collapsing when sleeping.

For some patients, an oral appliance can work just as well as a CPAP, though this is not the case for everyone. For those who find a CPAP too difficult to use regularly, such as when traveling or sleeping next to a partner, an oral appliance can help you to mitigate your symptoms while being much less intrusive. We'll work closely with you to verify whether an oral device is genuinely helpful for your case so that you can enjoy a more restful and quality sleep.

Working With You and Your Healthcare Team

obstructed sleep apnea solutionsAt Riverbend Sleep, we believe in finding the best solution for your unique case, whether that's an oral device or some other treatment option. We get x-rays and other information from your dentist to ensure you’re a good candidate for the appliance before we take the next steps in creating your custom device. To provide accurate, effective results, we work with local sleep specialists for diagnosis and provide comfortable, customized dental appliances for non-invasive treatment.

Our aim is to work alongside your dentist and physician and inform them of your interactions with us, including our findings with digital impressions. We’ll also let your doctor know what appliance we made for you and provide a sleep study test to show if the appliance is working for your situation. We use DentalWriter™ software to gather and manage all the information we collect at every appointment. This information goes into communication with your care providers and keeps them in the loop of what we are doing at various stages throughout your treatment.

In terms of financing, we know and can help with insurance nuances. Our experts understand and can help you understand benefits and out-of-pocket costs. We can also help you establish a payment plan through CareCredit to make receiving this life-altering device more accessible.

The Importance of Treating Your Symptoms

If you’ve been diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnea, you should seek medical treatment as soon as possible. With our effective non-evasive treatment, you can enjoy a full night’s rest and get relief from irritability, restlessness, and other day-to-day effects of OSA. As a result, you can reduce your risk factors related to several serious health conditions, such as heart failure, stroke, or high blood pressure.

Get Effective, Non-Intrusive OSA Treatments

At Riverbend Sleep, we begin your obstructive sleep apnea treatment by getting a true sleep study test from your physician or an approved medical doctor. We then customize your oral appliances to provide a viable alternative when a CPAP just won't work for you. We're proud to provide obstructive sleep apnea treatment options for Salem residents seeking relief. Contact us today to learn if our dental appliance is a great option for your obstructive sleep apnea!


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