Sleep Apnea and Sleep Therapy
Obstructive Sleep Apnea is a serious and all too common sleep disorder affecting over 40 million people in the United States. Only 4 million of those people have been diagnosed with sleep apnea, leaving 36 million Americans untreated.
It has been found the 60% of men and 40% of women between the ages of forty and sixty snore. Not everyone who snores is diagnosed with sleep apnea.
Snoring occurs when an obstruction blocks the airway and causes tissue in your airway to vibrate. On the other hand, sleep apnea occurs when your airway is completely obstructed for a period of time causing lapses in breathing and your body to react as if it is in a fight or flight response. Sleep apnea can cause serious health risks that may be deadly such as irregular heartbeat, hypertension, heart attack, diabetes, and stroke.
How do you know if you have obstructive sleep apnea?
Some of the signs and symptoms you or a loved one may have sleep apnea may include:
Sleep apnea and snoring also cause problems and conditions for those people who may be bed partners of someone who snores throughout the night such as:
- Fatigue and daytime sleepiness
- Weight Gain
- Loss of Libido
- Memory Impairment
How can a dentist help with my snoring and sleep apnea?
Obstructive sleep apnea is currently defined as a medical condition, but trained dentists also screen for the disease. Dr Faist may suggest an overnight sleep test, which is done at home and easy to complete. The data is then sent to a certified sleep physician who analyzes the data and suggests a treatment modality. Mild to moderate sleep apnea is treated with an oral appliance made by Dr. Faist, and severe sleep apnea is treated with a CPAP machine.
As a sleep dentist, Dr. Faist has been trained to treat mild to moderate cases of obstructive sleep apnea. In 1995, the American Sleep Association (ASA) accepted oral appliance therapy as another treatment option for those people suffering from snoring and obstructive sleep apnea.
The oral appliance utilized by Dr. Faist will work to keep your air passages open throughout the night. By keeping your airway open, it will prevent it from becoming obstructed, eliminate snoring, and give you the restful sleep you require to be healthy.
Many people who are dissatisfied with their current CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure) machine treatment and become non-compliant may be good candidates for the more comfortable and unobtrusive oral appliances.
Is sleep apnea covered by my dental insurance?
Because sleep apnea is a medical condition, it is often covered under your medical insurance, not dental insurance. Dr Faist’s staff will assist you in filing for a predetermination with your medical insurance.
If you have any other questions regarding sleep therapy please use our online contact form or call Dr. Faist at his dental office in Beachwood, OH.