If you are an Anchorage Alaska resident who suffers from sleep disturbances like snoring or sleep apnea, we may be able to help. Often sleep issues can be resolved with behavioral change like diet and exercise, but if that is not enough, oral appliance therapy may be a solution for you. Many people don’t think about their dental office as a solution to sleep disturbance, but the doctors at Health Centered Dentistry know that a good night’s sleep is integral to your overall health.
Oral appliance therapy (OAT) is an effective treatment option for patients with mild to moderate obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). An oral appliance is a small plastic device that fits in the mouth like a sports mouth guard or orthodontic retainer. Oral appliances help prevent the collapse of the tongue and soft tissues in the back of the throat, keeping the airway open during sleep. An oral appliance may be used alone or in combination with other treatments for sleep-related breathing disorders, such as weight management, surgery, or CPAP. The doctors at Health Centered Dentistry can make a custom appliance just for you. These custom appliances are proven to be much more effective than over the counter appliances.
Sleep Apnea and your overall health
Sleep Apnea is a serious condition that can affect all aspects of your life. When you don’t get a good night’s rest, you may suffer from daytime sleepiness. This can result in anxiety, depression, or difficulty thinking. Untreated Sleep Apnea has also been linked to increased blood pressure and insulin resistance, which over time can lead to diabetes, heart attack, or stroke. If you are struggling to sleep, we would like to be part of the solution.
Our Oral Systemic Balance Therapy includes a comprehensive dental examination, combined with a thorough evaluation of the patient’s concerns, full mouth and cephalometric dental imaging, a thorough interview process, heart rate variability testing, pulse oximetry, postural analysis, and diagnostic dental casts.
Our doctors at Health Centered Dentistry work closely with Anchorage Sleep Center for diagnosis and treatment of Sleep Apnea.
Advantages of Oral Appliance Therapy
- Oral appliances are comfortable and easy to wear
- Oral appliances are small, convenient, and easy to carry
- Oral appliances are non-invasive
How Oral Appliances Work
- Oral appliances can reposition the lower jaw, tongue, soft palate, and uvula
- Oral appliances can stabilize the lower jaw and tongue
- Oral appliance use can help increase the muscle tone of the tongue
If you are concerned about the cost of an oral appliance, be aware that we offer options for in-office financing. We want each of our patients to be able to afford a good night’s sleep, ask us today about the options available to you. In addition, there are some circumstances where sleep apnea assistance may be billed to medical insurance. Be sure to let us know if you are interested in this option.
If you are interested in exploring Oral Appliance Therapy for your sleep issues, the doctors at Health Centered Dentistry want to work with you and your medical provider to find the best solution for you. Give us a call and set up an appointment to discuss your unique needs at (888) 707-0222.