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Frequently Asked Questions




  • How do I get an oral device for sleep apnea?
    You will need to see a dentist or sleep specialist who is trained in oral appliance therapy. They will evaluate your condition and determine if an oral device is right for you. If so, they will take impressions of your teeth and order a custom device for you.
  • What are oral devices for sleep apnea?
    Oral devices are small, custom-made devices that are worn in the mouth during sleep. They work by holding the jaw in a slightly forward position, which can help to keep the airway open and reduce snoring and apnea events.
  • How effective are oral devices for sleep apnea?
    Oral devices can be quite effective for mild to moderate cases of sleep apnea, particularly in people who cannot tolerate or do not want to use a CPAP machine. Studies have shown that oral devices can reduce snoring and apnea events by up to 50%.
  • Are oral devices comfortable to wear?
    Oral devices are designed to be comfortable and easy to wear, although they can take some getting used to. Most people find that they adapt to the device within a few days to a few weeks.
  • Are oral devices covered by insurance?
    Many insurance plans do cover oral devices for sleep apnea, although coverage can vary. You should check with your insurance provider to see if they cover the cost of an oral device.
  • Can I use an oral device if I have dentures or missing teeth?
    Oral devices can be customized to fit around dentures or missing teeth, although they may not be as effective as they are in people with a full set of teeth. Your dentist or sleep specialist can help you determine if an oral device is appropriate for your situation.
  • How effective is oral appliance therapy for sleep-related breathing disorders?
    Oral appliance therapy can be quite effective for mild to moderate cases of sleep apnea, particularly in people who cannot tolerate or do not want to use a CPAP machine. Studies have shown that oral appliances can reduce snoring and apnea events by up to 50
  • How are oral appliances made?
    Oral appliances are custom-made for each patient, based on impressions of their teeth and a detailed analysis of their airway. The appliance is designed to hold the jaw in a slightly forward position, which can help to keep the airway open during sleep.
  • How do I know if I am a candidate for an oral appliance?
    Your sleep specialist will evaluate the severity of your condition. If he/she feels that you are a good candidate for OAT, Dr. Sibick will further evaluate your oral condition and discuss your treatment options.
  • How do I know which oral appliance is right for me?
    There are many types of oral appliances. Dr. Sibick works with several of the most researched adjustable appliances and evaluates each individual’s condition and lifestyle demands before choosing which type is best for him/her.
  • How does the OA prevent snoring and OSA?
    Oral appliances work in several ways: By repositioning the lower jaw, tongue, soft palate and uvula. By stabilizing the lower jaw and tongue. By increasing the muscle tone of the tongue Through the above actions, the tissues and tongue are prevented from collapsing in keeping the airway open and unobstructed. Since air flows freely into the lungs, the forced flow of air and vibrations of the tissue (known as snoring) do not occur.
  • How successful is OAT (Oral Appliance Therapy)?
    For mild obstructive sleep apnea, oral appliances have been found to be about 76% effective. For the treatment of snoring control, OA’s are over 90% effective.
  • Are there any long term health consequences to snoring / obstructive sleep apnea (OSA)?
    In patients with untreated sleep apnea, the lowering of blood oxygen level can contribute to the development of heart irregularities. In addition, blood pressure can be elevated due to the stress on the heart, and at least 33% of people with sleep apnea have high blood pressure. Because of the cardiovascular effects, sleep apnea is known to be a cause of sudden death during sleep, although this is an uncommon occurrence.
  • What are the side effects associated with Oral Appliance Therapy?
    Patients using oral appliance therapy may experience the following side effects: Excessive salivation or dryness. Morning soreness in the teeth or jaw muscles Minor/moderate tooth movements . Most of these side effects improve within a few weeks of regular use and some adjustments of the appliance. Periodic recall maintenance by Dr. Sibick is important to track any potential side effects such as tooth movements and to maintain / adjust the appliance. Patients with arthritis and chronic jaw joint dysfunction may have difficulty tolerating an OA.
  • What is sleep apnea?
    Sleep apnea is a sleep disorder characterized by interrupted breathing during sleep, typically caused by a partial or complete collapse of the upper airway. It can lead to numerous health problems and daytime fatigue.
  • How common is sleep apnea?
    Sleep apnea is quite common, affecting approximately 25% of men and 10% of women. However, these numbers may vary depending on age, weight, and other factors.
  • What causes sleep apnea?
    Sleep apnea can have a number of causes, including obesity, enlarged tonsils, smoking, and certain medical conditions. It is often related to a narrowing or blockage of the airways during sleep.
  • What are the symptoms of sleep apnea?
    The most common symptoms of sleep apnea include loud snoring, daytime sleepiness, morning headaches, difficulty concentrating, irritability, and restless sleep. However, not everyone with sleep apnea experiences these symptoms.
  • How is sleep apnea diagnosed?
    A sleep study, also known as a polysomnography, is typically used to diagnose sleep apnea. This study monitors various physiological parameters during sleep, such as brainwaves, heart rate, and breathing patterns.
  • Isn’t snoring just an annoying, but normal, sleep habit?
    No. Since it’s so common, most people assume it’s only a nuisance to the bed partner. However, besides being disruptive to close relationships, snoring is a sleep-breathing disorder and can lead to serious health problem
  • Can CPAP therapy improve my health?
    Yes, CPAP therapy can significantly improve symptoms associated with sleep apnea, such as excessive daytime sleepiness, fatigue, and reduced cognitive function. It can also help lower the risk of developing various health conditions linked to untreated sleep apnea, such as high blood pressure, heart disease, and stroke.
  • How long should I use a CPAP machine each night?
    CPAP therapy is typically recommended for use every night during sleep. Consistent and regular use of the CPAP machine ensures optimal benefits in treating sleep apnea and improving overall health.
  • Are there any side effects of using a CPAP machine?
    While CPAP therapy is generally safe, some common side effects include dry or stuffy nose, nasal congestion, skin irritation, and difficulty adjusting to the mask. These issues can often be resolved or reduced with the help of your healthcare provider or CPAP supplier.
  • How does a CPAP machine work?
    A CPAP machine works by delivering a continuous flow of air pressure into the airway to prevent it from collapsing or becoming blocked during sleep. This helps maintain a steady breathing pattern and prevents interruptions in the flow of oxygen.
  • What is a CPAP machine?
    CPAP stands for Continuous Positive Airway Pressure. It is a medical device commonly used to treat sleep apnea. The machine delivers a constant stream of air pressure through a mask worn over the nose or mouth to keep the airway open during sleep.
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