Frequently Asked Questions
Sleep apnea treatment options include:
Continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machine – CPAP is the most commonly prescribed treatment for sleep apnea. The machine forces continuous airflow through your nose to prevent the airway from collapsing when muscles relax during sleep. This results in a continuous oxygen level throughout the night. Unfortunately, many wearers do not or cannot tolerate the machine for various reasons and seek alternative forms of treatment.
Oral appliance therapy – A custom-fit oral device available through Prosomnus is a highly effective, non-invasive option for sufferers of sleep apnea and snoring. The device fits similar to a sports mouthguard and is comfortable, quiet, and easily portable for travel.
Surgery – Surgery is performed to remove or reposition the tissues in the throat to stop blockage of the airway.
Laser therapy – We use the latest technologies with our Nightlase laser snoring treatment which is a non-invasive, no pain, no downtime snoring treatment that can be used alone or in combination with an oral sleep appliance for optimal results with Obstructive Sleep Apnea.
If left untreated, sleep apnea can lead to a number of serious health issues such as high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and depression.
It is estimated that 22 million people in the U.S. suffer from sleep apnea, yet as many as 80% of cases of moderate to severe obstructive sleep apnea remain undiagnosed or misdiagnosed as other ailments.
Obesity, age, the presence of enlarged tonsils or adenoids, frequent alcohol consumption, and smoking can all put individuals at an increased risk. Heredity and physical traits such as a large neck can also play a role in developing sleep apnea.
Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), commonly called sleep apnea, is a sleep disorder in which a person ceases to breathe multiple times throughout the night due to partially or completely blocked airways. The condition occurs when the tongue or throat tissues intermittently relax and block the airway during sleep.
Snoring is caused by a blockage in the nasal or throat cavity that restricts the passage of air and one’s ability to breathe easily. Poor muscle tone can cause the tongue or throat tissues to relax and narrow the passageway.
Lifestyle changes such as losing weight, minimizing alcohol and tobacco use, and regular exercise can help reduce snoring. There are also a variety of over-the-counter treatment options available–nasal sprays or cones, or special pillows–that may provide temporary relief. If snoring persists, the best thing to do is see a sleep specialist to determine the cause.
Occasional snoring is likely not a sign of underlying problems. Frequent snoring, on the other hand, may be a symptom of sleep apnea, a sleep disorder defined by intermittent cessation of breathing while asleep.
Snoring can cause strain on the heart, leading to high blood pressure, heart attack, or stroke. Snoring can also cause low oxygen levels in the blood, which can lead to pulmonary hypertension.
Oral appliances are a highly effective, non-invasive treatment option for snoring and sleep apnea. Devices are comfortable, quiet, easy-to-wear, easy to clean, compact, and portable for travel. Many wearers find them more tolerable – and often more effective – than a CPAP machine.
Each appliance is custom-fitted to the wearer by Dr. Neville and her sleep care coordinator and team to significantly reduce the possibility of a patient experiencing side effects. When they do occur, side effects are typically minor, particularly when considering the risks of leaving the disorder untreated or ineffectively treated. Side effects may include jaw or tooth discomfort, excessive salivation, or dry mouth. Changes in bite or TMJ symptoms are rare, but also possible.
Oral appliances are covered by most medical insurances. We work closely with patients and their insurance to obtain pre-authorization and to ensure that coverage amounts, including any out-of-pocket costs, are fully disclosed and understood prior to treatment. If you have a traditional Medicare plan with a separate supplemental policy, treatment is almost always at no cost to you.
Laser therapy is not currently covered by medical insurance.