Oral Appliance Therapy – Mangum, OK
Custom-Made Sleep Appliances for Mangum
Patients suffering from sleep apnea need help, and for most, they will be prescribed to use a CPAP machine every night. While effective, studies have shown that sleeping with a CPAP is so uncomfortable that about 50% of people will stop after the first year! Thankfully, for patients dealing with mild to moderate obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), there is a viable alternative: oral appliance therapy.
At EZ Sleep Solutions, sleep dentist Dr. Dustin Lively can help patients in Mangum dealing with sleep apnea and/or snoring using custom-made appliances that are comfortable, easy to use, and proven to dramatically improve sleep quality.
How Does Oral Appliance Therapy Work?
After someone has been diagnosed with OSA, they are then eligible to get a sleep appliance from Dr. Lively. These appliances are worn only to bed, and they fit over the teeth similar to an athletic mouthguard. They prevent the stoppages in breathing associated with sleep apnea by slightly adjusting the lower jaw forward, ensuring the throat and airway never become fully closed. As a result, a patient is able to sleep and breathe normally night after night, helping them feel well rested and energized the next morning.
The Advantages of Oral Appliance Therapy
- Easy to Use: With an oral appliance, you don’t have to deal with plugging in a machine or constantly cleaning a variety of tubes like with a CPAP. You simply put the appliance in your mouth when you’re ready to go to bed, and that’s it!
- Improved Comfort: Our oral appliances are specially-made for each patient to ensure the perfect fit and deliver a quality night’s rest. Most patients find oral appliance therapy to be much, much more comfortable compared to a CPAP.
- Completely Quiet: Our oral appliances make no noise, meaning if a patient shares their bed with a partner or spouse, they don’t have to worry about disturbing their sleep like with a CPAP.
- Made for Travel: Because of its bulky size, most patients simply leave their CPAP at home whenever they travel, but this can be a big issue for those with sleep apnea who are constantly on the road. An oral appliance can easily fit into your pocket if needed, making it a seamless addition to anyone’s luggage.
Who Could Benefit From an Oral Appliance?
- Patients who have been diagnosed with mild to moderate OSA
- Patients who are CPAP intolerant or simply don’t like using their CPAP
- Patients who are using a CPAP but are not getting the results they want
- Patients who have gotten corrective surgery but still experience sleep apnea symptoms
- Patients who snore every night (whether or not they have sleep apnea)
- Patients who experience sleep apnea in addition to bruxism (unconscious teeth grinding)
- Patients who could benefit from combined therapy
It should be noted that in cases of severe OSA or central sleep apnea, sometimes a CPAP machine and/or surgery are the only viable options.
How Can You Get an Oral Appliance?
If you simply want to stop snoring, getting a sleep appliance from Dr. Lively is relatively straightforward. Simply schedule a consultation here at EZ Sleep Solutions, express your concerns to Dr. Lively, and he will evaluate your airway to determine if an oral appliance would be a good solution. If he believes that you might have sleep apnea, he may recommend additional testing. If not, he will take an impression of your teeth and use it to design your appliance, which you’ll be able to pick up a week or so later.
However, if you believe that you might have sleep apnea, you first need to get a diagnosis before Dr. Lively can provide a sleep appliance. You can get this from a sleep doctor by taking a sleep test, which our team can arrange for you. We provide at-home sleep testing so you can get the care you need without spending a night in an unfamiliar lab. The results of the test will be sent to a local sleep doctor, and if they diagnose you with sleep apnea, Dr. Lively will get to work designing your appliance.
Custom-Made Solutions for Every Patient
Dr. Lively takes great pride in providing oral appliances that not only help people sleep better, but fit comfortably as well. That’s why he custom-designs every single appliance based on a patient’s unique teeth, and he only uses those made by the top manufacturers in the world. There is no “one-size-fits-all” treatment here, and that’s why our patients are consistently able to get the rest they need.
A Note to CPAP Users
Many people who are interested in oral appliance therapy are already having their sleep apnea treated with a CPAP machine, and due to either discomfort or ineffectiveness, they would like to try another treatment option. Dr. Lively would recommend that patients in this situation consult their sleep doctor to determine whether or not oral appliance therapy is a viable option for them. If it is, Dr. Lively can coordinate with the doctor to get a patient their appliance. As we touched on above, however, oral appliance therapy is NOT necessarily good for every patient.
Is Oral Appliance Therapy Covered by Insurance?
Sleep appliances like those offered by EZ Sleep Solutions are provided by a dentist, but an appliance typically cannot be covered by dental insurance. Oral appliance therapy can actually be covered using medical insurance instead because it is used to treat a medical condition. This can be a bit confusing for people, and we completely understand. Fortunately, our Insurance Coordinator, Angela, is our in-house expert when it comes to all things insurance-related, and she’ll know exactly how to use your various benefits to make your appliance more affordable. If you ever have any questions, she’ll be happy to answer those, too!
Oral Appliance Therapy FAQs
Do you have questions about oral appliance therapy? We have answers! Below, we address some of the most common questions that our patients ask about sleep apnea treatment in Mangum. If you do not see the specific information you were hoping for, you are more than welcome to contact us directly. We are always eager to share our knowledge with our patients and potential patients.
How Can I Adjust to Using My Oral Appliance?
It’s normal for a sleep appliance to feel strange in your mouth at first. You might produce extra saliva. Some patients unconsciously remove their appliance during sleep, and a few struggle with a strong gag reflex. In most cases, the best way to address such issues is simply through time and patience. As you consistently wear your device, your body will adjust to it, and you can expect it to be a comfortable part of your normal routine.
When Will I Start to Notice Results from Oral Appliance Therapy?
You might find that your snoring is reduced or eliminated within the first few days of use. Most patients notice optimum results in about two weeks. During that adjustment period, your airway may recover from some of the irritation it suffered due to your sleep apnea in Mangum, and you may get used to using your appliance. As you consistently comply with your treatment, you should notice that you are more alert during the day and have an easier time doing things like driving and concentrating on difficult tasks.
How Long Does an Oral Appliance Usually Last?
The lifespan of an oral appliance or snore guard in Mangum depends on a few factors. In many cases, an appliance lasts for two years or so before it starts to lose some of its effectiveness and needs to be replaced. However, some patients find that earlier replacement is necessary. Give us a call if you ever feel that your treatment is not working as well as it used to.
How Can I Care for My Oral Sleep Appliance?
It is important that you keep your appliance clean. Brush it daily with a soft toothbrush, but don’t use regular toothpaste on it. Mild soap and warm water (not hot water) should do the truck. It’s also recommended to keep your appliance in a closed container during the day so bacteria are less likely to accumulate on it. Try not to leave it in any places that get hot, such as inside a car during the summer or on a windowsill. The appliance might warp if it is exposed to high temperatures.
How Long Will I Have to Use Oral Appliance Therapy?
Oral appliance therapy is a long-term treatment for obstructive sleep apnea. You can expect to use it for years. However, you might be able to stop using it if the factors behind your sleep apnea are addressed. For example, you might not need to use your appliance if you lose a significant amount of weight or undergo surgery to address a problem with your airway. It would be wise to consult with us before you stop your oral appliance therapy.