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Scottsdale Sleep Apnea Treatment (Oral Appliance Therapy, Night Guard)

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About Sleep Apnea

Scottsdale Sleep Apnea Treatment 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 with 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.

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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.

Treatment Aftercare

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.

Anticipated Costs

The cost varies in each patient so it 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.

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