Specialized Dental Care & Sleep Apnea Treatment
At University Dental in Oxford, Mississippi, Dr. Wooten can provide you with the dental care and state-of-the-art sleep apnea treatment you need to improve your sleep and your overall health.
About Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA)
OSA is a disease caused by the inability to breathe properly when sleeping. When your throat collapses and tongue drops back, your airway becomes partially or completely closed. This results in a lack of sufficient oxygen to sustain a healthy body.
Signs and symptoms of OSA include gasping or choking sounds while sleeping, daytime sleepiness and drowsiness, and snoring. In addition, patients with OSA are more likely to have:
Sleep apnea is diagnosed by completion of a sleep study. The sleep study is then read by a board-certified sleep physician who makes the diagnosis. After the diagnosis is made, treatment options can be discussed. Dr. Wooten's sleep team can arrange for your sleep study.
Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP)
According to the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, a CPAP is a device that keeps your airway open by providing a constant stream of air through a mask you wear while you sleep. The mask is attached to an air pump by a hose.
A CPAP is highly effective and is recommended for all patients diagnosed with severe sleep apnea; however, some patients cannot tolerate a CPAP due to mask discomfort, claustrophobia, acid reflux, or excessive CPAP noise. This is where Oral Appliance Therapy (OAT) may significantly help.
Oral Appliance Therapy (OAT)
OAT uses a custom-fitted dental appliance worn while sleeping to reposition your lower jaw forward, which helps prevent the airway from collapsing and the tongue from blocking off the airway. According to the American Academy of Sleep Medicine website, “Oral appliance therapy is a treatment for snoring and sleep apnea for patients who cannot tolerate CPAP.”
OAT is highly effective for patients diagnosed with mild to moderate sleep apnea and, in some cases, for patients with severe sleep apnea who are unable to tolerate a CPAP. Compared to a CPAP, OAT appliances are quieter, less bulky, more portable, and more comfortable. OAT appliances are fitted by dentists with specialized training in treatment of sleep disorders. Oral Appliance Therapy (OAT) has proven to be an effective alternative to CPAP therapy.
Most sleep apnea treatment is covered by your medical insurance. Dr. Wooten's insurance experts will help maximize your benefits and determine the portion of the fee you will be responsible for before beginning any treatment.
Contact us at 662-281-8455 to learn more about your dental care and sleep apnea treatment options.