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Sleep Apnea Treatments (Oral Appliance Therapy, OAT) – Chicago and Hinsdale, IL

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what is Sleep Apnea Treatment?

The disorder known as sleep apnea is recognized by continued stops in your breathing while you sleep. This is caused by the muscles relaxing and gravity pulling close your airways. The brief suffocation that happens creates excessive strain on the body, which may cause heart complications like mood change, weight gain, fatigue, hypertension, and memory loss. There are lots of sleep or snoring apnea treatments to choose from, varying from airway surgeries such as a adenoidectomy, maxillofacial surgery, tonsillectomy or a CPAP device. Sometimes people aren't pleased with these solutions. In these situations, they may turn to dental alternatives to help address the issue. At Weller Dental in Chicago and Hinsdale, IL, we concentrate on producing custom-fit nighttime guards to offer relief to our sleep apnea patients. We understand the importance of a good night's sleep and the long-term effects it can have on your quality of life. Dr. William Burns is pleased to offer you this easy, comfortable, and dependable support that will help you attain better health and well-being.

Am I A candidate?

Patients who suffer from severe sleep apnea may not be ideal candidates to receive a dental-based remedy. In these instances, a CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) machine could be among the best choices. However, if you have a mild to moderate snoring issue, a dental alternative might be exactly what you want. Sleep apnea could be harmful because it stops you from breathing naturally hundreds of times each night as the cells in your soft palate and throat collapse. When this occurs, your airway is obstructed, stopping oxygen from getting to your brain and other organs, so naturally, it's vital to have it treated and diagnosed properly using the very best options available.

What can I expect?

Sleep apnea therapy by Dr. Burns at Weller Dental uses what's known as oral appliance therapy (OAT), which may be an extremely effective treatment for sleep apnea. It is a customized device that fits comfortably in your mouth at night, and it is often compared to a mouth guard for sporting events or even a retainer. The most important difference is that rather than protecting your teeth from trauma, it softly places the jaw into a forward position to continue to keep your airway open. There are over a hundred unique versions on the market, so Dr. Burns ,Weller Dental and the laboratory will work together with you to be certain that you receive the most suitable one for you. This can be determined after he performs an evaluation of your tongue, airway, teeth, and jaw. You'll also have oral x-rays performed so that we may create detailed impressions of your teeth for your dental appliance that will be specially made in a dental lab.

What is the Follow Up?

After your dental appliance has been made at the technologically advanced dental laboratory, you will be ready for a fitting. Weller Dental will call you to schedule your follow-up appointment. Dr. Burns will adjust and fit the device according to your needs to make it as comfortable as possible. He will allow plenty of time to teach you about your snoring/sleep apnea appliance to include the proper way to maintain, store, and clean it. Dr. Burns will ask you to bring your appliance to future appointments and return regularly to examine it for wear and tear. Your overall quality of life will dramatically improve if you adhere to our directions correctly.

Can I use my Insurance?

Insurance benefits for sleep apnea therapies may fluctuate, therefore we will contact your dental insurance company to help us determine your out-of-pocket expenses. Whether you carry dental insurance or not, a member of our financial team can provide you with price estimates while informing you about your treatment choices. To help make your dental appointments cheaper, Weller Dental accepts several payment methods and may have the ability to assist you in finding low-interest medical financing.

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Average Cost  
From $2,000
Recovery Time  
None
How Long It Takes  
1 Hour
Follow Up Time  
2 Weeks
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If your breathing was interrupted numerous times every day due to your own airway being obstructed, you'd look for medical advice straight away. However, if the exact same thing occurs during your sleep, it might be all too simple to ignore because you will not recall it when you wake up. If you think you might be experiencing sleep apnea, then we urge you to set up an appointment at Weller Dental at your first convenience.

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