Frequently Asked Questions
What Is Sleep Apnea?
This sleeping disorder is divided into two main types: obstructive and central sleep apnea. Both occur when breathing becomes very shallow or stops for short durations while sleeping, and can occur hundreds of times throughout a single sleep cycle.
How Does Sleep Apnea Affect Me?
There are many symptoms of sleep apnea that are easily recognizable to the sufferer. These include loud, chronic snoring, waking up choking or out of breath, restless sleep cycles, early morning headaches, daily fatigue, and difficulty falling or staying asleep. If a patient takes depression, blood pressure, or GERD medications, or is clinically overweight, this may contribute to a sleep apnea disorder.
Is Sleep Deprivation Harmful To My Health?
Sleep apnea can disrupt a patient’s deep sleep cycle, causing persistent sleep deprivation. Not only can this make a person feel tired and fatigued throughout the day, but it can also lead to increased risk for high blood pressure, depression, headaches, ADHD symptoms, diabetes, stroke, and heart failure.
Why Do I Snore?
Unless a patient is suffering from sinus or nasal congestion, snoring is a symptom of obstructed airways. The soft palate and collapsed tissues in the back of the throat can vibrate as air passes through. Common causes are large tonsils, sleeping position, alcohol consumption, excess weight around the neck, or sleeping pills and muscle relaxers. Snoring can also be a sign of sleep disorders, UARS (upper airway resistance syndrome) and OSA (obstructive sleep apnea). These disorders cause sleep deprivation and lead to increased headaches, migraines, heartburn, acid-reflux, and an increased risk of high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease, heart attack, stroke, and type 2 diabetes.
How Do I Stop Snoring?
At-home treatments for snoring include regular exercise, weight loss, and avoiding sleeping pills, alcohol, and sedative before going to bed. If these treatments fail to resolve a patient’s problem please contact us to learn about treatment options and possible apnea diagnosis.
How Is Sleep Apnea Treated?
Sleep apnea is often treated with sleep hygiene regimens such as getting moderate exercise or limiting caffeine, alcohol and food consumption late in the day. Breathe Right® strips and similar products can also ease sleep apnea along with CPAP machines or fitted oral appliances. Surgical options are also available depending on the patient. Maxillomandibular Advancement Surgery (or MMA surgery) tightens the soft palate and enlarges the upper airways by pulling the upper and lower jaws forward. ENT surgeons can perform soft palate surgery, or Uvulopalatopharyngoplasty (UPPP). These treatments are recommended only if the throat or mouth has severe physical obstructions.
What Is Obstructive Sleep Apnea?
Obstructive sleep apnea occurs when a patient’s throat muscles relax and obstruct airflow, interrupting the natural breathing cycle.
What Is Central Sleep Apnea?
More uncommon than obstructive sleep apnea, this type of disorder is also more dangerous. Central sleep apnea is a condition in which the patient’s muscles do not receive the signals that monitor breathing movement.
What is CPAP Therapy?
CPAP is also known as Continuous Positive Airway Pressure. The CPAP machine forces air gently through the nose and mouth and into the lungs using a mask. The consistent pressure allows the sleeping patient to take deep, uninterrupted breaths, without the tissues in the back of the throat collapsing. However, some patients react negatively to CPAP, since in some cases the machine can cause extreme discomfort. Dr. Canfield and Dr. Emerick offer treatment alternatives for those who are CPAP-intolerant.
What is Oral Appliance Therapy?
Oral Appliance Therapy treats sleep apnea through fitted appliances that reposition the mouth to increase airflow. The most common appliance is an MRD or mandibular repositioning device. These move the jaw into a forward position, lifting the palate and increasing space located behind the tongue. To fit each of our patients, Ohio Sleep Treatment offers a variety of appliances:
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Medical or dental insurance; which will cover the costs of oral appliance therapy?
Your Oral Appliance is a medical device and therefore is covered under your medical insurance. At Ohio Sleep Treatment, we only bill medical insurance.
What if I do not have medical insurance?
Ohio Sleep Treatment believes a good night’s sleep is not beyond anyone’s reach. We are committed to
providing a solution to all Ohioans, particularly those without health insurance. Improved sleep quality
can lead to a healthier, longer life. Call today to schedule your free consultation.
What are the costs associated with Oral Appliance Therapy?
The initial consult is free. The cost of the appliance and all titration (device adjustment) visits are all
included in one easy fee. That total cost is based largely on what is covered by your medical insurance
and the balance of your deductible. Our experienced staff will verify your insurance benefits and answer
any questions you may have. We proudly offer in house, no interest financing.
A pay in full discount is also available.