Sleep Appliances in Flagstaff, AZ

Sleep apnea is a serious sleep disorder that affects millions of people worldwide. It is characterized by pauses in breathing during sleep, leading to fragmented sleep and a range of health issues. If left untreated, sleep apnea can increase the risk of high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, and even diabetes.

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Sleep Appliances in Flagstaff, AZ

What are common sleep apnea symptoms?

Sleep appliances, also known as night guards, are custom-made oral devices that help keep your airway open during sleep. They are a comfortable and non-invasive alternative to continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machines, which many patients find cumbersome and uncomfortable. At Cedar Avenue Family Dentistry, our experienced dentists, Dr. Madison Kurz and Dr. Kevin Chittenden, offer effective sleep appliance treatments to help you get the restful sleep you deserve.

Sleep apnea is a sleep disorder that manifests through several noticeable signs. The most common symptom is loud, chronic snoring, often punctuated by choking or gasping sounds. Individuals with sleep apnea frequently experience pauses in breathing during sleep, which might be reported by a bed partner. Daytime symptoms include persistent fatigue, morning headaches, difficulty concentrating, mood changes like irritability or depression, and a recurrent feeling of waking up with a dry or sore throat. Moreover, many individuals might not realize they have sleep apnea but feel unrefreshed even after a full night's sleep, often struggling with excessive daytime drowsiness. If you or someone you know exhibits these signs, a medical evaluation is advised.

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Sleep apnea affects approximately 22 million Americans, with 80% of moderate to severe cases remaining undiagnosed.

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The Benefits of Night Guards

Improved Airway Flow

Night guards are specially designed to reposition the lower jaw and tongue forward, preventing the airway from collapsing. This ensures a more consistent airflow throughout the night, reducing the occurrence of breathing interruptions commonly associated with sleep apnea.

Enhanced Sleep Quality

By minimizing the disruptions caused by sleep apnea, night guards can lead to a deeper, more restful night's sleep. Users often report feeling more refreshed upon waking, having experienced fewer disturbances during the night.

Portable and Convenient

Unlike larger devices like CPAP machines, night guards are compact and easily portable, making them an ideal choice for frequent travelers. They're discreet, simple to clean, and require no electricity, ensuring consistent sleep apnea management wherever you go.

The Sleep Appliances Treatment Process

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Consultation and Evaluation

During your initial visit, our experienced dentists will conduct a thorough examination and discuss your symptoms and medical history. They may recommend a sleep study to confirm the diagnosis of sleep apnea and determine the severity of your condition.

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Customized Appliance Fitting

If sleep apnea is diagnosed, our Flagstaff dentists will take precise impressions of your teeth to create a custom-made night guard. This ensures a comfortable fit and optimal effectiveness in keeping your airway open during sleep.

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Regular Follow-ups and Adjustments

Once you receive your night guard, our dentists will schedule follow-up appointments to monitor your progress and make any necessary adjustments. It is important to attend these appointments to ensure the night guard continues to work effectively and provide you with the best possible results.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Dental insurance coverage for sleep apnea treatments varies widely among providers and specific plans. It's essential for patients to review their dental and medical insurance policies or speak directly with their insurance providers to understand the extent of coverage for sleep apnea treatments.

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