About Sleep Apnea
When a person lays down at night, the throat may become constricted and limit airway, which causes snoring and sleep apnea. Using oral appliance therapy (O.A.T.), Dr. Stacie Calian helps patients at her office in Mt. Kisco, NY treat sleep apnea and snoring with custom mouth guards. A night guard keeps the jaw in an optimal position to allow enough oxygen to reach the brain and body during sleep. Many patients have found that their life greatly improves after being diagnosed and treated for sleep apnea. If you or your partner have any symptoms of sleep apnea, including snoring, fatigue, a dry or sore throat in the morning, and insomnia, please schedule a consultation with Dr. Calian to prevent other medical conditions. Untreated sleep apnea can lead to many larger problems, including:
- High blood pressure
- Heart conditions
- Weight gain/Obesity
- Lowered concentration and performance
- Car accidents
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What to Expect
Patients should get a sleep study to confirm their sleep apnea and go over possible treatments. If the patient decides to get an oral appliance, a mold will be taken of the patient’s mouth at the dentist. The mold will be sent to a dental laboratory where a custom mouth guard will be created based on the patient’s needs. When the mouth guard is returned to the office, the patient will come in to have their oral appliance fitted. The patient will wear their oral appliance at night to open their airway and minimize or eliminate snoring and sleep apnea.
Patients should wear their mouth guard every night and follow care instructions given by their dentist. Patients should bring their mouth guard to when they visit the dentist for dental exams and cleanings so the dentist can check the fit and wear of the appliance. Proper care will help the night guard last longer, oral appliances will need to be replaced over time.
A custom oral appliance for sleep apnea usually costs from $800 – $2,000, which includes dental visits, molds, fittings, and follow up appointment as well as the device. Most insurance companies cover some or all of the cost of oral appliance therapy.
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Sleep In Peace
Sleep apnea may be preventing you or your partner from getting a good night’s sleep, but a custom oral appliance from Smile Design Dental Spa can help everyone. Anyone in the Lower Hudson Valley who worries that they or their partner suffers from sleep apnea should schedule a consultation with Dr. Stacie Calian at her office in Mount Kisco, NY.