Family Dental Group of Jefferson Valley
2985 Navajo Road, Yorktown Heights, NY 10598
When your breathing regularly stops while you are sleeping, this is known as sleep apnea. “Apnea” literally means “without breath” in Greek. It is a condition suffered by more than 18 million people in America.
Patients may suffer interrupted breathing hundreds of times through the night. This causes sleep to be of low quality. Eventually, it can cause a variety of serious conditions, such as diabetes, depression, weight gain, headaches, impotence, memory problems, and high blood pressure. Poor sleep quality can also affect job performance, and may cause drowsiness behind the wheel of a motor vehicle.
There are many signs of sleep apnea, including persistent sleepiness, obesity, excessively obnoxious snoring, feelings of breathlessness in the middle of the night, morning dry mouth, and morning headaches. However, symptoms of sleep apnea can be caused by other conditions. Diagnosis and evaluation relies on a physician-performed sleep apnea test. Some sufferers may have no sleep apnea symptoms at all.
Sleep apnea treatment options include a medical device, a dental appliance, medications, surgery, and lifestyle changes.
A dental appliance for sleep apnea, also called a sleep apnea oral appliance, is a common treatment widely available on the market. An appliance helps keep airways open by preventing the lower jaw from falling back. Visually, they may remind you of an athlete’s mouthpiece or a mouth guard for teeth grinding, but they are a much more sophisticated appliance.
The sleep apnea dental appliance cost depends on your insurance coverage. The cost is typically covered by health insurance and will help prevent many dangerous health conditions. The cost is more affordable than other medical devices and therapies.
With OAT, most patients see many benefits above and beyond the treatment of obstructive sleep symptoms. The OAT is not designed to be an anti-snoring mouth appliance, or a snoring appliance, but patients can expect less snoring. The appliance is compact and convenient, a benefit to patients on the road. Finally, the OAT boosts the effectiveness of other treatments. To purchase an OAT for sleep apnea in Yorktown Heights, contact your dentist.
You might wonder, “Is sleep apnea covered by insurance?” Because these appliances go in the mouth, some might think they are covered by dental insurance. They are not—sleep apnea dental appliance insurance is provided by your health insurer. Unfortunately, the costs of treating sleep apnea with no insurance will add up fast. The cost of a sleep apnea test without insurance will depend on where you have it performed. Contact us today for more information about treating sleep apnea in Yorktown Heights. Call us at (914) 357-8916 today to schedule your appointment or book an appointment online.