About Sleep Apnea
Snoring can be more than annoying; snoring is a sign of sleep apnea, a medical condition that should be treated before it causes more serious problems. Sleep apnea happens when a person is laying down (typically at night) and their airway becomes constricted, which decreases the flow of oxygen to the body and causes the person to snore. Patients who have been diagnosed with or suspect they may have sleep apnea should schedule an appointment with Scottsdale, AZ dentist Dr. Rod Gore to learn more about their treatment options. The first method most people try to treat their sleep apnea is oral appliance therapy, also known as OAT or a night guard. A custom night guard ensures the jaw sits in the correct position while the patient sleeps to prevent sleep apnea.
"Just visited Shawna at Dr. Gore's office. Been working with her for nearly 10 years and she has made an incredible difference with my oral health."- D.B. / Yelp / Sep 20, 2016
"The staff greets you promptly as you walkin the door super polite and friendly, they go out of their way to assist you in every way possible. while in the waiting room they provide you with tea, coffe and cold water, however I did not have to wait they took me in exactly at my specified appt time. My teeth whitening experience was very pleasant perfromed by a new dental assistant at the office she has only been working there for 1 month and you could not tell. She is very well trained and made me feel at ease during the entire experience. I was very impressed by the entire staff, and the office is beautiful clean and comfortable. What a pleasant experience."- M.C. / Google / May 29, 2017
"My family has been with Dr. Gore for years. He is great but perhaps more importantly his staff are professional and highly skilled."- J.C. / Google / May 10, 2017
"Dr. Gore has the best Scottsdale dental office and staff. One of my crowns installed years ago came off on Easter weekend. Even though it was a Monday and the day after Easter and they were fully booked he got me in to recement my crown. Thank you Dr. Gore!"- D.D. / Google / Apr 10, 2017
"I just moved to AZ two weeks ago and I had a fall while walking my dogs managing to scrape my face and break a front tooth. I was referred to Dr. Gore's office and was seen by Dr. Sebree. When I first met her I was skeptical as she looked 18 years old and new to the business. Boy, was I wrong! She was professional, detailed and meticulous with rebuilding my tooth and making sure it looked just like the others. She is went back and forth looking at it at every angle before she was satisfied with her work. I highly recommend Dr. Sebree and am thrilled with her work!"- K.H. / Google / Apr 03, 2017
What to Expect
Patients may get a sleep study before they come to the dentist to learn about treatments or patients can use a home sleep study kit from our office that will help us better understand their needs. Every night guard is custom-made to give patients a comfortable, secure fit. The dentist will take impressions of the patient's teeth that will be sent to a dental laboratory where the oral appliance will be made with the highest-quality equipment and materials. Once the night guard is returned to the dentist's office, the patient will return to have their appliance properly fitted. After that, the patient is encouraged to wear their night guard whenever they lay down to sleep and note any improvements in snoring, fatigue, blood pressure, and other conditions caused by sleep apnea.
Patients will be given instructions on how to wear and care for their oral appliance to make sure it lasts for several years. The night guard should be brought to all future visits to the dentist, even for exams and cleanings, so the dentist can assess the wear of the appliance and re-fit for greater comfort. While proper care will help the night guard last for a long time, it will eventually need to be replaced to remain an effective sleep apnea treatment.
A custom night guard to treat sleep apnea typically costs from $800 to $2,000, but this varies in each patient so costs can be discussed during the patient's consultation. The cost of a night guard includes all visits to the office, impressions, fittings, and check-ups on the device. Our office will help patients communicate with their dental insurance companies to determine their coverage and out-of-pocket costs.
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If you or your sleeping partner may have sleep apnea, please schedule an appointment to learn more about treatments. Not only will everyone get a more peaceful night's sleep, but patients with sleep apnea are at higher risk for several medical problems, including high blood pressure, heart conditions, and obesity.