Is There a Difference Between Snoring And Sleep Apnea?
Snoring can occur when our breathing airway becomes partially blocked, resulting in vibrations of the soft palate. If the body continues to get a sufficient amount of oxygen, no harm is being done. However, snoring could be an indication of sleep apnea because almost all sleep apnea sufferers snore in between the occurrences of oxygen interruption. If the body is lacking oxygen during sleep, it can cause a person to awake anywhere from 30 – 100 times per night! A person with sleep apnea will wake up exhausted and not refreshed. The best way to determine if you suffer from just snoring or from sleep apnea is to undergo a sleep study.
What Are the Most Common Indicators of Sleep Apnea?
Snoring, overweight, high blood pressure, genetics, acid reflux, large neck size and a physical abnormality in the nose/throat/airway are the most common indicators of sleep apnea.
How Is Sleep Apnea Treated?
After diagnosing each person's individual symptoms and needs, Dr. Patel will determine the treatment that best suits you and your lifestyle. The two most common treatments are CPAP Therapy and Oral Appliance Therapy.
Will My Medical Insurance Cover an Oral Appliance?
Most medical insurance companies recognize that oral appliance therapy is the best therapeutic option for sleep apnea treatment. Therefore, approximately 90% of medical policies will cover oral appliances for an obstructive sleep apnea diagnosis. In order for insurance to consider coverage, a sleep study must be done first to confirm the sleep apnea diagnosis.
How Does Oral Appliance Therapy Work?
An oral appliance helps to open your breathing airway and reduce the severity of your sleep apnea without the need for surgery or medication. A custom-made oral appliance worn while sleeping will hold your lower jaw forward and open, which prevents the tongue and throat tissues from collapsing the vital breathing airway. The success rate for people treated with oral appliance therapy is very high.