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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs): Treatment for Sleep Apnea

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We know that you have many choices when it comes to choosing a dentist. We are here to answer any questions you have to give you confidence in your decision. Listed below are some of the most common questions we hear from patients. If yours is not listed here, give us a call or send an email through our handy contact form. We are here to help!

Treatment for Sleep Apnea

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!

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.

No oral devices work well for many people but they do not work on everyone. CPAP works on everyone that can wear it.

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.

Insurance can cover replacement every 3-5 years, but its different for each plan. With proper care, the device should last that length of time.

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.

CPAP is always effective, but oral devices can be as effective, in many cases. The advantage to an oral device is that it's less cumbersome to use consistently. In mild to moderate apnea cases and oral device can be equal to CPAP.

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

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!

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 is a priority.

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.

  • 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 CPAP mask
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