Dr. Rice Answers Common Sleep Apnea Questions
Sleep apnea is a complicated disorder that can take some time to completely understand. While sleep apnea is manageable, treatment varies from person to person. However, Dr. Rice is dedicated to providing you with the highest level of care and putting your mind at ease. By compiling a list of the most frequently asked questions about sleep apnea and treatment options, our Brentwood dentist aims to provide clarity and prepare you for sleep apnea treatment.
How Do I Know If I Have Sleep Apnea?
If you are suffering from severe snoring, are waking up feeling exhausted, or notice extreme daytime fatigue, sleep apnea might be to blame for your symptoms. In order to start sleep apnea treatment, a general physician or sleep specialist will perform a sleep study to determine how you are being affected while you sleep. If it’s determined that sleep apnea is causing disruptions in your breathing while you sleep, you can then be referred to Dr. Rice for treatment using custom-made oral appliances or laser treatment.
I Snore, Do I Have Sleep Apnea?
While snoring can develop as a result of laboured breathing , it’s not always an indicator of sleep apnea. Snoring can be caused by a variety of different issues. However, if you are concerned you might be suffering from sleep apnea, schedule an appointment to discuss your symptoms with your doctor. You may be advised to take a sleep study to rule out sleep apnea as a cause for your snoring.
Will My Sleep Apnea Go Away Without Treatment?
Unfortunately, no. While in some cases making lifestyle changes such as losing weight, quitting smoking, and refraining from drinking before bed might help decrease your symptoms, seeking professional treatment is still an important part of treating sleep apnea. Leaving your sleep apnea untreated can lead to serious risks for your health.
How Much Will Sleep Apnea Treatment Cost?
The total cost of treatment will depend on what kind of oral appliance Dr. Rice recommends and a variety of other factors. At Cool Springs Laser Dentistry we are proud to provide financing options to make treatment accessible for you. For more information on treatment cost, feel free to contact our knowledgeable team and schedule a consultation with Dr. Rice today.
What Causes Obstructive Sleep Apnea?
There are a variety of different reasons you might be suffering from sleep apnea. Genetics, the size and shape of your jaw and airway, as well as certain medical conditions such as diabetes and high blood pressure, may all be factors in the development of sleep apnea. In some cases, an unhealthy lifestyle, such as being overweight, smoking, or excessive drinking may contribute to the severity of sleep apnea.
What Financing Options Are Available?
At Middle Tennessee Dental Sleep Specialists we provide a complimentary benefits check so you know the advantages of using your dental insurance. We are also proud to accept Care Credit and Lending Club to help bring the cost of sleep apnea treatment within reach for everyone. To discuss financing options in more detail feel free to contact our Brentwood office. We will be happy to answer any questions you may have and schedule a consultation to get a better idea of what kind of treatment you will need.
What Are My Treatment Options?
While many people may think that CPAP is their only treatment option, a custom oral appliance made by Dr. Rice can help treat your obstructive sleep apnea. An oral appliance will keep your airway clear, letting you breathe better and get a better nights sleep. There are different types of oral appliances depending on your needs and lifestyle. Schedule a consultation at Middle Tennessee Dental Sleep Specialists today to discuss treatment options for you.