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Commonly Asked Questions

Symptoms

  • Excessive daytime sleepiness.
  • Loud snoring.
  • Observed episodes of stopped breathing during sleep.
  • Abrupt awakenings accompanied by gasping or choking.
  • Awakening with a dry mouth or sore throat.
  • Morning headache.
  • Difficulty concentrating during the day.
  • Mood changes, such as depression or irritability.
The ONLY way to know whether or not you have sleep apnea is to have a sleep study done. The most common symptoms of sleep apnea are;
  • Snoring
  • Waking up gasping for air
  • High blood pressure
  • Waking up with a headache or sore throat
  • Reflux
  • Obesity
  • Low Libido
  • Nocturia-(frequent urination)
The first step towards diagnosis is to get an At-Home Sleep Test. DSM of Greenville will provide you with a covid friendly test kit to do in your own home.

If left untreated, sleep apnea can increase the risk of health problems, including: High blood pressureStrokeHeart failure, irregular heart beats, and heart attacks.

In general, obstructive sleep apnea is a chronic condition that does not go away on its own. This is especially true if you are an adult, as your anatomy tends to remain fixed from adolescence onwards. There are numerous factors that can cause obstructive sleep apnea, many of which relate to a person’s anatomy.
Sleep apnea lifestyle remedies
 
  • Use oral appliances.
  • Maintain a healthy weight. Doctors commonly recommend people with sleep apnea to lose weight. …
  • Try yoga. Regular exercise can increase your energy level, strengthen your heart, and improve sleep apnea. …
  • Alter your sleep position. …
  • Use a humidifier. …
  • Avoid alcohol and smoking. …

The most effective treatment is continous positive airway pressure (CPAP), a large bedside machine that blows air through a mask to prevent your airway from collapsing. However if you are cpap intolerant an alternative treatment is an oral appliance made by DSM of Greenville.

 The average cost for a sleep apnea mouth guard is estimated at $3000 – $5000. This includes the actual sleep apnea mouthpiece, dentist visits, adjustments, follow-ups, and modifications to the dental device.

OSA appliances are FDA approved and considered a medical device.

Most medical insurance plans cover oral appliance therapy for treating sleep apnea subject to your deductible. Our experienced team will provide all the neccessary documents for your medical insurance carrier on your behaf.  Should you choose to move forward with treatment, we will help you obtain the maximum insurance benefits possible.

For any out of pocket costs associated with your oral appliance therapy, we offer flexible financing options including low or no interest payment plans. We will clearly explain all of your options and work with you to customize a payment plan that best fits your needs.  

Mouthguards are devices used to protect your teeth from grinding or clenching while you sleep or from injuries while you play sports. They do not cure or help with sleep apnea. Only a custom device made by a sleep trained dentist can work well for treating mild to moderate obstructive sleep apnea.

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