Stop Letting Snoring and Obstructive Sleep Apnea Control Your Life! Find Relief with a SomnoGuard Oral Appliance from Ascentist ENT
How many nights of your sleep have been wasted by snoring or sleep apnea? The 22 million (1) people who suffer from sleep apnea lose countless hours of sleep, which takes a toll on not only their mental and physical health but also the health of their partner and family.
It may begin to feel like sleep apnea and snoring are in control of your life. But that doesn’t have to be the case.
If you suffer from sleep apnea or snoring, you have options. Don’t sacrifice your sleep, comfort, and happiness - take them back by seeking treatment for snoring and sleep apnea with Ascentist ENT. Ascentist ENT will conduct an initial exam, guide you through your relief options, which may include a SomnoGuard oral appliance, and help you select and execute the right treatment plan. Contact Ascentist ENT today to learn how an oral appliance can bring you quick, long-lasting relief.
What is Obstructive Sleep Apnea?
Obstructive sleep apnea is a condition that interrupts sleep by pausing or stopping your breathing for ten or more seconds throughout the night. To resume breathing, your body exits sleep, forcing you to restart. This can occur dozens or hundreds of times during the night without your knowledge or permission, preventing you from getting the sleep you need.
The “obstruction” in obstructive sleep apnea are tissues in your throat, which prevent oxygen from traveling through your body. If you believe you have sleep apnea, schedule an appointment with your doctor to be tested and to explore treatment options.
The Dangers of Not Treating Your Snoring and Sleep Apnea
Sleep apnea robs your body and mind of the quality sleep they need. Sleep helps your body function at a high level and recover from the previous day. When you don’t get enough sleep, the following problems may arise:
- Compromised immune system
- Reduced sex drive
- Weight gain
- Increased risk of certain types of cancer
- Increased likelihood of stroke or coronary heart disease
- Increased risk of diabetes
- Decreased ability to remember, make decisions, and reduced reaction times
Talk to your doctor to learn about the additional risks of failing to gain the quality sleep your body wants and needs each night. To get the sleep you need, you may need treatment.
What is an Oral Appliance, and How Can it Treat Your Sleep Apnea and Reduce Snoring?
An oral appliance is a device worn at night that is similar to an orthodontic retainer. An oral appliance, which is the tool used in oral appliance therapy, brings part of the jaw forward to treat obstructive sleep apnea and snoring.
An oral appliance, when used at night, opens your airway by clearing obstructions. By assisting in clearing your throat tissues from obstructing your airway, your snoring may be lessened, and the frustrating symptoms you experience from obstructive sleep apnea may disappear.
SomnoGuard Oral Appliance from Ascentist ENT
Ascentist ENT offers oral appliance therapy through SomnoGuard appliances. SomnoGuard is a customizable oral appliance that your ENT will fit to match your bite.
- A CPAP alternative
Ascentist ENT is a SomnoGuard provider. After an initial consultation and sleep study, we can fit you with the right SomnoGuard device. The device will be adjusted to fit your mouth and bring you relief from snoring and obstructive sleep apnea.
Available SomnoGuard models include the custom-fitted AP2 and the SomnoGuard SPX. To discover which model best suits your needs, schedule your appointment with your ENT today.
Oral Appliance Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
What is oral appliance therapy?
Oral appliance therapy addresses two problems -- obstructive sleep apnea and snoring. Instead of utilizing a mask (CPAP), oral appliance therapy utilizes a device (oral appliance) positioned in the mouth at night. The device can be removed and is similar in shape to a retainer or a mouth guard used in sports.
How much does sleep apnea oral appliance cost?
Oral appliance therapy costs may vary. The average cost ranges from $800-$2000. Costs required to receive oral appliance therapy include the following:
- Initial consultation
- Dental appointments and follow-ups
- The SomnoGuard oral appliance
- Oral appliance modifications and adjustments
Oral appliance vs CPAP - how do they compare?
During your initial consultation, your doctor will discuss your options for treating your sleep apnea and snoring. These options may include Inspire therapy, an oral appliance, and CPAP. Each treatment option has pros and cons that will need to be carefully considered before choosing a final treatment.
Some patients find the CPAP mask to be distracting and difficult to sleep with. Patients who sleep on their side may also find it difficult to use a CPAP to treat their obstructive sleep apnea.
Where can I find sleep apnea oral appliance reviews?
For sleep apnea oral appliance reviews, consult with your ENT. Read a full review of oral appliances for the treatment of sleep disorders and snoring here. According to the review, evidence reveals that oral appliances may “cure” mild and moderate sleep apnea in around 40-50% of patients, and give improvement to an additional 10-20% of patients.
Is getting used to an oral appliance difficult?
An oral appliance changes the position of your jaw to allow your airway to open. It may take 1-3 months to get used to your new oral appliance while it is undergoing regular adjustments to fit your mouth best and treat your sleep apnea and snoring.
Is the oral appliance for snoring?
The oral appliance is a treatment for sleep apnea and can be an effective treatment for snoring due to its ability to bring the jaw forward and open the airway in your throat.
Where can I buy an oral appliance for sleep apnea?
“Is there a sleep apnea dental appliance near me” is a common question for sufferers of obstructive sleep apnea. Ascentist ENT offers an oral appliance for sleep apnea through our convenient locations in Kansas City, Missouri, Lee’s Summit, Merriam, and Kansas City, Kansas.
To find a sleep apnea dental appliance near you, contact your local ENT.
Is a sleep apnea dental appliance covered by insurance? Is an oral appliance covered by Medicare?
Yes, both Medicare and most insurance companies will cover an oral appliance to treat obstructive sleep apnea.
Find Peaceful Sleep and Move Past Fatigue and Frustrating Snoring with a SomnoGuard Oral Appliance from Ascentist ENT
Have you been daydreaming of a full night’s sleep? WIth a SomnoGuard oral appliance, you can improve your sleep and reduce snoring without the need to be tethered to a hose. Stop daydreaming about a full night’s sleep and take action.
Ascentist ENT is your local ear, nose, and throat solution center. We are a growing practice of nearly 20 physicians. We have continued to grow due to our dedication to you - our patients. We specialize in ENT solutions, procedures, and surgery, including SomnoGuard oral appliance, Inspire to treat obstructive sleep apnea, hearing screenings and hearing aids, allergy testing and treatment, and additional services related to your ears, nose, and throat.