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Sleep Apnea Treatment in Fairfield, CA from Parkside Dental Care

Sleep apnea is a common disorder in which people experience frequent breathing interruptions during sleep. Typically, sleep apnea is triggered when airways are blocked by collapsed soft tissues in the back of the throat and can affect people of all ages. Sleep apnea should not be taken lightly; continual interruption of sleep can diminish the amount of oxygen that the body takes in, which can exacerbate many health problems and contribute to a wide range of life-threatening conditions, including high blood pressure, diabetes, stroke, and even depression. However, the team at Parkside Dental Care can help.

If you or someone you know has been diagnosed with sleep apnea, chances are you are aware of the most common treatment method for this condition, which is continuous positive airway pressure, or CPAP. This machine incorporates a plastic breathing mask that is placed over the nose while patients sleep. The CPAP machine uses pressure to gently force air through upper passages. Although the machine works well and the straps that hold the mask in place are adjustable, many people find the machine cumbersome and uncomfortable to wear.

If you find CPAP hard to tolerate, or are simply interested in other solutions, Parkside Dental Care offers dental appliances to help control sleep apnea. These oral appliances keep airways open when a patient is sleeping and fit over the teeth in a fashion similar to an athletic mouth guard. Sleep apnea oral appliances work by easing the jaw forward to prevent the tongue and surrounding soft tissues from settling in the main air passage. For many patients with mild to moderate cases of sleep apnea, this small device is enough to solve the problem.

Is an Oral Appliance for Sleep Apnea Covered by Insurance?

Although CPAP has been the gold standard in sleep apnea treatment for a long time, insurance companies are finally recognizing the value in oral appliances and are starting to include them in coverage. For more information, schedule a consultation with our office to see how a sleep apnea oral appliance can fit into your insurance plan.

If you are suffering from sleep apnea, let the experts at Parkside Dental Care help you find the right solution.