Sleep Apnea Treatments in Belton, TX

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What is Obstructive Sleep Apnea?

Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is a common but serious condition that causes you to stop breathing multiple times while asleep. OSA is a result of the muscles in the back of the mouth relaxing and obstructing your airways. This brief suffocation leads to strain on the body that can cause snoring, memory loss, hypertension, mood change, fatigue, weight gain, and additional issues. Though a CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) machine is typically suggested as a treatment for OSA, some patients discover that they can't tolerate this treatment option. If this is the case, our experienced dental professionals at ACE Dental of Belton provide customized oral appliances to help treat the symptoms and reduce the risks associated with sleep apnea. Learn more about your options for treating sleep apnea by contacting our Belton, TX office to schedule your initial consultation with one of our skilled dentists.

who is a good candidate for sleep apnea treatment?

Patients who have severe sleep apnea may not be ideal candidates for oral appliance therapy. In such instances, CPAP therapy may still be the best option. However, a dental solution can be ideal for people suffering from mild to moderate OSA. Since it can impact your overall health in several ways, sleep apnea needs to be treated as soon as possible. Frequent symptoms of sleep apnea include:

  • Loud snoring
  • Choking or gasping for air
  • Dry mouth or a sore throat upon waking
  • Consistent headaches
  • Fatigue or grogginess throughout the day
  • Shortness of breath that disrupts sleep
  • Memory fog or changes in mood
  • Difficulty sleeping or insomnia

What should I expect with sleep apnea syndrome?

At ACE Dental of Belton, we treat sleep apnea with oral appliance therapy (OAT). For this method, a customized oral appliance known as a mandibular advancement device (MAD) needs to be worn between your upper and lower teeth while sleeping. Similar to an athletic mouth guard, an MAD gently holds the lower jaw (mandible) in a forward position to keep airways open. After you've been diagnosed with sleep apnea, our team will take impressions of your upper and lower teeth and send them to a lab that will create your MAD. Once your appliance is ready a few weeks later, you'll need to return for a follow-up fitting appointment. We'll make sure your device fits correctly and will also walk you through how to use and properly care for it.

What should I expect after receiving a CPAP device?

At ACE Dental of Belton, our dental team will modify and fit your mandibular advancement device based on your unique needs and concerns and will make your appliance as comfortable as possible to wear. You should bring your MAD to any routine dental visits so that our team can monitor your device for wear and tear. If worn properly, an oral appliance can enhance your quality of sleep and decrease frequent snoring and other sleep apnea symptoms.

Will my insurance cover Sleep Apnea Care?

Coverage for sleep apnea oral appliances can vary depending on your specific dental insurance policy. Prior to taking your impressions, our financial coordinator will check your benefits and discuss what out-of-pocket costs you should expect. ACE Dental of Belton also accepts several payment methods and can help you apply for special low-interest medical financing in order to make your treatment as affordable as possible.

Sleep soundly with customized solutions 

Snoring and other nighttime symptoms could indicate sleep apnea and other issues with your health. At our Belton, TX practice, our skilled dental team provides customized oral appliances to treat mild to moderate obstructive sleep apnea cases and allow patients to enjoy a good night's sleep. Contact ACE Dental of Belton if you suffer from sleep apnea and are looking for a more effective treatment.

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