Oral Appliance Therapy – Austin, TX
Treat Sleep Apnea with an Oral Appliance
Is your chronic snoring keeping your partner awake at night? Maybe you’re not feeling rested in the morning despite sleeping at least 7 hours? Believe it or not, there might be an underlying condition interrupting your sleep quality. You might be among the 22 million Americans living with obstructive sleep apnea. Thankfully, you can breathe easier and get a restful night’s sleep with oral appliance therapy in Lakeway. As an alternative to a traditional CPAP, you can have the flexibility and freedom you need to abide by your treatment plan.
What is Obstructive Sleep Apnea?
There are 3 types of sleep apnea; however, the most prevalent is caused by an obstruction in the airway. The soft tissues in the back of your mouth or throat can collapse to block your airway. This causes frequent pauses in breathing with each event lasting potentially for one minute or longer.
The poor sleep quality and lack of adequate oxygen flow can significantly decrease your quality of life while also increasing your risk of several health complications, like heart disease or stroke. Your ability to concentrate can also suffer.
What is Oral Appliance Therapy?
Oral appliance therapy is a patient-preferred treatment for mild-to-moderate cases of obstructive sleep apnea. Traditionally, a CPAP machine is used, which delivers a steady stream of air through a mask worn over the mouth or nose to keep the airway open. Although it’s effective, it has a low compliance rate because it can be uncomfortable and restrictive. An oral appliance resolves the disadvantages of a CPAP.
The custom-fit device looks like an athletic mouthguard; however, it serves a different purpose other than protecting the teeth. It repositions your lower jaw forward into the ideal resting position while holding your tongue in place. This prevents your soft tissues from collapsing to block the airways, drastically reducing pauses in breathing to alleviate your symptoms. In fact, research shows patients have as much as a 95% improvement in their symptoms. It can be used alone or with a CPAP.
What are the Benefits of Oral Appliance Therapy?
If you’re looking for CPAP alternatives in Lakeway, oral appliance therapy offers several benefits, including:
- FDA-approved treatment for mild-to-moderate cases of obstructive sleep apnea.
- High compliance rate.
- Comfortable, custom-fit.
- Made of flexible and durable material.
- Can still speak and drink water while wearing it.
- Easy maintenance and care.
- Simple storage for traveling.
How Much Does Oral Appliance Therapy Cost?
There isn’t a set cost for oral appliance therapy because the price is determined by your specific treatment plan. We will provide you with an estimate during your initial consultation and discuss your payment options, like using your insurance. We will work on behalf with your insurance carrier to file the necessary claims and forms for reimbursement. We will discuss your payment options for any remaining balance. A member of our team will help you find the solutions you need to breathe easier without breaking the bank.
Schedule Your Consultation
If you’re ready to try an alternative to a CPAP, it’s time to see if you’re a candidate for an oral appliance. Contact our office today to schedule your consultation.