Are you having trouble falling or staying asleep? Do your loved ones complain about your loud snoring? If so, you may have a common sleeping disorder known as sleep apnea. Sleep apnea is a serious disorder, but Dr. Saydyk offers a variety of effective solutions, including Oral Appliance Therapy—a comfortable, custom-made mouthguard scientifically proven to be an effective treatment for sleep apnea and snoring. Dr. Saydyk is a Medicare Participating Provider of Oral Appliance Therapy, easing the financial burden on patients while helping sleep soundly.
What is sleep apnea, and what causes it?
Sleep apnea has several types but most people with the condition suffer from obstructive sleep apnea. Obstructive sleep apnea’s most notable trait is loud snoring—70 percent of people who snore heavily have some level of sleep apnea. This type of snoring is caused by the muscles within the throat becoming relaxed during sleep, causing them to collapse into the airway.
Sleep apnea is a serious disorder and can result in great strain on the chest muscles and the diaphragm from overexertion in trying to pump air through the blocked passageways into your lungs. As a result, a person can wake up with a shortness of breath, dry mouth, and chest pain just long enough to interrupt the sleep cycle. Untreated sleep apnea can lead to strokes, Type-2 diabetes, heart disease, and other health issues.
How do you treat sleep apnea/snoring?
The most common treatment for sleep apnea/snoring is a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machine, which involves wearing a face mask that sends pressurized air into your airway, keeping it open while you sleep. Many people find that a CPAP machine is too uncomfortable to use continuously, or that it is not effective in alleviating their sleep apnea.
I treat sleep apnea/snoring with an FDA-approved oral device that fits like a sports mouthguard or an orthodontic retainer. Worn only during sleep, it supports the jaw in a forward position to help maintain an open upper airway. Research shows that Oral Appliance Therapy is an effective treatment option for snoring and obstructive sleep apnea. Many patients find that the oral device is more comfortable and convenient than a CPAP machine, encouraging their use of the treatment and improving its success. From personal experience, I’ve seen this oral device to be life-changing!
Will Medicare cover Oral Appliance Therapy?
I’m also a Medicare Participating Provider for Oral Appliance Therapy. That means patients on Medicare can sleep even soundly, knowing I’ll bill their Medicare directly for this revolutionary treatment.