Sleep Apnea FAQs – Boca Raton, Vero Beach, & Melbourne

Frequently Asked Questions

What causes snoring?

Snoring occurs when there is restriction in the nasal or throat cavities that hinders the ability to breathe freely.

What is sleep apnea?

Sleep apnea is a condition that happens when tissues in the mouth and throat completely block the airway causing a person to suddenly wake up gasping for breath.

Do I have sleep apnea? What are the signs?

Common signs of sleep apnea include snoring, frequent delays in breathing while sleeping, gasping while sleeping, insomnia, night sweats, awakening with dry mouth, frequent urination, excessive daytime fatigue, morning headaches, depression, moodiness, and irritability.

What are the risks if I leave my sleep apnea untreated?

When left untreated, sleep apnea can lead to numerous serious health issues including heart disease, high blood pressure, risk of stroke, diabetes, depression and weight gain.

How does Florida Dental Sleep Disorders treat sleep apnea?

One of the most manageable and comfortable ways to treat sleep apnea is with oral appliance therapy. Countless patients prefer it over a CPAP machine because the appliance is compact, lightweight, portable, quiet, and most importantly, it’s easy to use. Worn over the teeth, an oral appliance is most similar to a mouth guard or retainer.. There are two main types of oral appliances:

Mandibular repositioning devices – These oral appliances reposition your lower jaw forward and down slightly to keep your airway open while you sleep. Mandibular repositioning devices are the most widely used oral appliances.
Tongue retaining devices – These oral appliances hold your tongue in place to keep your airway open.

Both of these methods help prevent the soft tissue in your mouth and throat from blocking your airway while you sleep. Dr. Mogell offers a variety of oral appliances from prominent providers such as SomnoMed, Respire, and Moses. Every oral appliance at Florida Dental Sleep Disorders is custom fit for each patient.

How do I get an oral appliance?

A custom-fit oral appliance is provided by a dental sleep expert who specializes in the treatment of sleep apnea and snoring.

Will my appliance be covered by my insurance?

Nearly all medical insurance will cover an oral appliance as a treatment for sleep apnea. Coverage may vary by insurer and individual policy, and we will help you understand your benefits prior to beginning treatment.

Should I try a non-custom or boil-and-bite appliance first?

Only a custom-fit oral appliance from a dentist who specializes in sleep medicine should be used for treating sleep apnea. Custom-made appliances are not only more effective than one-size-fits-all options, they are more comfortable and less likely to cause side effects such as joint and muscle pain.