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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs): Treatment for Sleep Apnea

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Treatment for Sleep Apnea

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We have a unique view regarding sleep apnea, and that is that the best time to correct it is as soon as possible. Children often have apnea that is undetected. If your child snores or grinds their teeth please call us immediately as these are signs of early apnea. We have the best opportunity to reverse this disease the earlier as possible. This can seriously affect the rest of your child’s life!

We highly recommend a custom fit device. Apnea is deadly, and your health is worth a custom device. One size fits all devices are usually a poor fit and can even make your apnea worse!

Sleep apnea is a silent and deadly disease we feel getting treated is your first priority. The devices are custom fit, and having broken or decayed teeth may cause problems but can be easily overcome. We prefer that your teeth are in good shape and have been cleaned recently, but it’s not critical to our program.

Depending on the severity of your sleep apnea, an oral device may work for you. Oral appliances can be ideal for people with more moderate or mild cases of sleep apnea. These sometimes can take the place of CPAP (Continuous Positive air pressure) therapy, which requires you to wear a cumbersome mask while you sleep.

Who Can Wear an Oral Sleep Apnea Device?

  • Anyone with enough healthy tooth support
  • Anyone with a sleep apnea score (AHI or Apnea/Hypopnea Index) below 30
  • Anyone who can not or will not wear a CPAP mask

Is an Oral Appliance as Good as CPAP therapy?

CPAP is effective for everyone who can get used to wearing the mask while they sleep. However, oral devices can also be as effective in many cases.

The advantage of an oral appliance is that it's less cumbersome to use consistently. In mild to moderate apnea cases, an oral device can be equal to CPAP in effectiveness.

How Long Will an Oral Device Last?

Some dental insurance may cover replacement every three to five years, but it's different for each plan. With proper care, your oral appliance should last that length of time.

Contact Modern American Dentistry

Contact your Woodland Hills dentist at (818) 886-1076 if you're interested in learning more about an oral device for sleep apnea.

We don’t believe surgery is effective for many people, unless they have chronically enlarged tonsils, or nasal obstructions such as a deviated septum, or other unusual anatomical issues. If you have had sleep apnea surgery its important to know that surgery will not treat this disease long term.

Many insurance plans cover oral devices. We accept PPO insurance, but have a cash price for those with HMO or Kaiser Coverage. The cost includes management for 1 year. Lost or broken devices may cost extra. Each case is different and we need to see you for a consultation before quoting you any pricing.

Snoring can be a sign you have apnea, but many who do not snore test positive for sleep apnea. Only a sleep study can verify that your sleep is effective and restorative.

Snoring is a very common component of sleep apnea, but not everyone who snores has the disease. We view snoring as a very serious health risk and feel its critical to have a sleep study done to rule out apnea. We have a very specific and unique program to treat snoring if you do not have apnea.

Insomnia is a very serious disorder that is biochemical in nature. At Modern Sleep Solutions we have a unique insomnia program based on scientific research and natural non-pharmaceutical therapies.

“Having a lot on your mind” isn’t the reason you can’t sleep, its often linked to brain chemistry issues and needs to be further investigated.

People with sleep issues often have a sleep study done and are told that they do not have sleep apnea. Insomnia and poor sleep in general have been found to be associated with a Hormone deficiency and are often the early warning signs that a serious health problem is emerging. We treat many people for sleep disorders with our unique therapy program.

Yes. Those who travel frequently will benefit from having both an oral device and CPAP. Insurance will often cover both.

Proper airway development relies on proper nasal breathing. We strongly advise that you attend to any chronic issues with nasal breathing.

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Jaw pain, TMJ, jaw joint pain, tooth movement, possible root canal, possible crowns or fractured teeth, headaches, and gum irritation are all normal consequences of wearing an oral device nightly. Areas of irritation should be brought to our attention as soon as possible, and are usually minor and temporary. Long term problems do happen but are not common. Overall health and breathing in sleep are the priorities when wearing a *mandibular advancement device.

Contact Our Woodland Hills Office

We welcome you to contact our Woodland Hills dental office if you have any questions or to schedule a consultation. We look forward to hearing from you.

*These devices are anchored to your teeth, and they may damage both natural tooth structure and crowns, bridges, fillings, and any restorations.

We have a reduced rate replacement fee, as these things do happen.

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