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Dental Sleep Medicine of The Hudson Valley | Q & A in Valatie, NY

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(518) 610-8179

info@kinderhookdentalarts.com

 

Q & A
 

Question:

Why is Oral Appliance Therapy a good option for treating Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA)?

Answer:

Typically, patients diagnosed with OSA are prescribed a Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) device and facemask to wear while sleeping. While CPAP has been proven effective, many struggle to use the device regularly due to side effects that can range from mask discomfort to nasal congestion, irritation and headache. Patients who seek treatment now have a choice and are no longer limited to wearing a CPAP and mask while sleeping. Dentists are the ideal practitioners for treating snoring and sleep apnea. A large percentage of people do not know who their primary care physician is, while dentists see patients up to two times a year. Additionally, dentists are very familiar with the head, neck and airway and the concept of advancing the jaw forward to keep the airway open to prevent snoring.

 

Question:

How does Oral Appliance Therapy work?

Answer:

Oral Appliance Therapy is based on the same principle as cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). The Oral Appliance holds the lower jaw in a forward position so that it does not fall open during the night and causes the airway to collapse. This maintains a clear airway to reduce snoring and improve breathing.

 

Question:

How much does the Oral Appliance cost?

Answer:

Oral Appliance Therapy is covered by most medical insurance policies.   Out of pocket fees vary from patient to patient.  Feel free to contact our office to find out more information at 518-610-8179.  We will be happy to contact your medical insurance company for you to find out your coverage specifications.

 

Question:

What is Sleep Apnea and what risks are involved if left untreated?

Answer:

Loud snorers may have a more serious case of blocked air passages, known as obstructive sleep apnea syndrome (OSAS). In these cases, the blockage of air is so great that no air can get through, causing repeated awakenings throughout the night. Obstructive sleep apnea can contribute or lead to many other conditions, such as high blood pressure, stroke, diabetes, heart attack and depression, so it is important to be diagnosed by a medical professional if you experience any sleep-related symptoms.   Snoring can also put a strain on your relationship with you partner and adversely affect you qualitiy of life.

 

 
 
 
Valatie, NY Dentist | Q & A. David Starkman is a Valatie, NY Dentist.