Oral Appliance Therapy – Mesa, AZ
to Give You Better Sleep
Most patients with sleep apnea require help to achieve deep sleep and will be told to use a CPAP machine every night. However, according to studies, patients generally find sleeping with a CPAP so uncomfortable that nearly half stop using it after the first year! Fortunately, if you have mild to moderate obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), you have a simpler alternative—oral appliance therapy in Mesa, AZ.
At Ocotillo Sleep Solutions in Mesa, Dr. Paul Jones can provide custom-made, comfortable appliances for patients with sleep apnea and/or snoring. These are easy to use and have been proven to dramatically increase sleep quality at night.
How Does Oral Appliance Therapy Work?
After you have been diagnosed with OSA with a sleep physician, you can then get a sleep appliance from Dr. Jones. Worn only to bed, these appliances fit over the teeth just like an athletic mouthguard. They keep the airway open by slightly moving the lower jaw to a forward position, meaning that throat and facial tissues don’t relax to the point of stopping flow. As a result, you are able to sleep and breathe restfully night after night, giving them energy and focus to tackle the new day.
What Are the Advantages of Oral Appliance Therapy?
Easy to Use: With a CPAP, you have to plug in a machine and constantly clean a variety of tubes, but an oral appliance entails simply putting it in your mouth when you go to bed, and that’s it!
Improved Comfort: Specifically made for each patient, our oral appliances fit perfectly and help you enjoy a quality night’s rest. In fact, compared to the bulky mask of a CPAP machine, most patients find oral appliance therapy to be significantly more comfortable.
Completely Quiet: Unlike a loud CPAP, oral appliances make no noise, meaning you don’t have worry about disturbing your partner’s sleep.
Made for Travel: Because of its size and cumbersome tubing, a CPAP can be difficult to take on a trip, which why most patients simply leave their CPAP at home. However, those with sleep apnea who travel frequently can’t truly benefit from this treatment. Small enough to fit into your pocket, an oral appliance is easy to bring along in anyone’s luggage.
Who Could Benefit From an Oral Appliance?
An oral appliance can be beneficial for patients who:
- Have mild to moderate OSA
- Don’t like using their CPAP or are CPAP intolerant
- Use a CPAP but don’t get the results they want
- Have undergone corrective surgery but still have sleep apnea symptoms
- Snore every night (because of sleep apnea or not)
- Experience bruxism (unconscious teeth grinding) as well as sleep apnea
- Could improve their quality of sleep through combined therapy
Please note that with severe OSA or central sleep apnea, a CPAP machine and/or surgery may be the only viable treatment options available.
How Can You Get an Oral Appliance?
If your primary goal is to stop snoring, obtaining a sleep appliance with Dr. Jones is pretty simple. All you have to do is schedule a consultation here at Ocotillo Sleep Solutions and talk to him about your concerns, and he will examine your airway to determine whether an oral appliance can help. If there’s reason to believe that you might have sleep apnea, he may recommend a sleep test. Otherwise, he will collect an impression of your teeth and use the mold to design your appliance, which should be ready to pick up about a week later.
If you already suspect that you have sleep apnea, you need to get a diagnosis first, which comes from a sleep test with a sleep doctor. If you need help, our team can arrange it for you. We offer at-home sleep testing so you don’t have to spend a night in an unfamiliar, uncomfortable lab. Afterward, the results are sent to a local sleep physician for evaluation. If diagnosed with sleep apnea, you are then eligible to receive a uniquely designed appliance with Dr. Jones.
Are the Oral Appliances Really Custom-Made for Every Patient?
In order to be effective and fit comfortably, each oral appliance has to be tailored to every patient’s unique teeth. In fact, Dr. Jones takes great pride in custom-designing every single appliance, using only the top manufacturers in the world. Here, we don’t believe in “one-size-fits-all” treatment, which is why our patients consistently get the rest they need.
What Should CPAP Users Do?
If you are already being treated with a CPAP machine and are interested in oral appliance therapy for whatever reason, we recommend that you consult your sleep doctor to determine whether or not oral appliance therapy could work for you. Based on that conversation, Dr. Jones can collaborate with the doctor to get you an oral appliance. Just keep in mind that oral appliance therapy may not be a good solution for everyone.
Is Oral Appliance Therapy Covered by Insurance?
Although the sleep appliances offered by Ocotillo Sleep Solutions come through a dentist, they are not typically covered by dental insurance. However, oral appliance therapy can actually be covered through your medical insurance because this solution treats a medical condition. We completely understand that this can be a little confusing for patients, but luckily our insurance coordinator, Angela, is an expert in all things related to insurance with knowledge of how to use your various benefits to reduce your out-of-pocket expense for your appliance. If you ever have any questions, Angela will be more than happy to answer them for you!