Dr. Rashid Beirute-Prada understands that you probably have several questions about your sleep apnea diagnosis and treatment, as well as questions about our practice and dentist. We invite you to take a look at our frequently asked questions to help you feel more comfortable with the process of sleep apnea treatment. If you have questions that are not answered here or want to learn more about our sleep apnea treatment in Rockwall, Texas, call Lakeside Sleep Solutions at 972-412-0014 toady!
I snore — is it possible that I have sleep apnea?
Oftentimes, sleep apnea is accompanied by snoring. However, snoring is not always a direct symptom or indicator of sleep apnea. Snoring may be caused by several conditions, such as sleeping position or genetics. At our practice, we treat both snoring and sleep apnea with the same treatment so you can enjoy a good night’s sleep no matter your condition. Our oral appliances widen your airway by moving your jaw slightly forward so you can breathe easier. This prevention method helps prevent apnea episodes and to lessen the chance of snoring.
I do not snore — is it still possible that I have sleep apnea?
Yes, even if you do not snore it is possible that you have sleep apnea. Sleep apnea may not have very many obvious symptoms, so it is extremely important that you schedule your no-cost, no-risk consultation with our dentist as soon as possible if you suspect you may have sleep apnea. Call our office to make your appointment today!
What is the cause of sleep apnea?
Everyone who suffers from sleep apnea has a different cause of the sleep disorder. Anyone can develop sleep apnea, no matter age, gender or health status. Some common risk factors include:
- Having a neck that is over 17 inches (men) or 16 inches (women) in circumference
- Being overweight
- Being male
- Being over the age of 40
- Alcohol use
- Sedative use
- Have a disproportionate jaw or tongue
- Nasal obstruction
Will my insurance cover my sleep apnea treatment?
Our friendly team will work with you to help determine what sleep apnea therapy will be covered by your plan. Medical insurance is typically more likely to cover the cost of oral appliances than dental insurance. If your insurance does not cover your treatment, we will work with you to create a financial plan so you can receive the care and treatment you need.
What options are available for patients without insurance?
We understand that financial needs differ patient to patient, so we will work with you to create a plan that suits your financial needs.
How do CPAP machines and oral appliances differ?
CPAP machines are an effective way to treat sleep apnea; however, many patients fail to continue treatment with these machines because they can be large, loud and uncomfortable. Our oral appliances are small, silent and custom-made so they are very comfortable.
How do you know the oral appliance is effective?
After our team has custom-made your oral appliance, we will schedule a follow-up sleep test. During this sleep test, we will monitor your sleep patterns to ensure your oral appliance is working effectively. After the sleep test, you will meet with a sleep medicine physician to discuss your results.
Will the oral appliance hurt my teeth?
Our oral appliances will not hurt your teeth. If your mouth feels uncomfortable or sore in any way after your initial appliance use, we will work with you to adjust it so you can sleep soundly and comfortably.
Will the oral appliance take long to adapt to?
Most of our patients quickly adapt to their oral appliance, oftentimes within just 10 days.
When do I need to replace my oral appliance?
Our oral appliances are very strong since they are made of hard acrylic material. We usually suggest that you replace your appliance after about three to five years of use, however this number varies greatly depending on the patient.
Will the oral appliance change the way my smile looks or functions?
A slight change in the way your smile functions and looks may be possible when using our oral appliances. Teeth may shift, but this very slight shift can be minimized by using a morning re-positioning device.
What are the side effects of an oral appliance?
Side effects are very minimal with oral appliances and usually disappear within a week of use. Some side effects may include:
- Minor morning mouth muscle soreness
- Dry mouth
- Excessive salivation
- Minor tooth movement
How long will I use the oral appliance?
Your oral appliance will most likely be a lifetime way to treat your sleep apnea. Sleep apnea symptoms are unlikely to decrease or disappear once you are diagnosed. Talk with our caring dentist to learn more about lifestyle changes that may improve your quality of life with sleep apnea.
Why should I come to Dr. Prada and not order an oral appliance online?
Our oral appliances are FDA-approved, while over-the-counter sleep appliances are not. When you use an oral appliance that is not custom-made for you, you increase your risk of tooth and mouth damage as well as more serious complications. Call our office today to schedule your free consultation!