23 August 2020

How to treat snoring & sleep apnea

Snoring and sleep apnea treatments Melbourne

If you have been diagnosed with sleep apnea or think you might have some form of sleeping issue you likely know the feeling of waking up tired and groggy. But when sleep apnea keeps you from getting a good night’s sleep, the impact goes beyond feeling tired.

Sleep is a natural way to boost your mood. People who have poor sleeping patterns report negative emotions such as irritability, anger, and sadness. Getting a good night’s sleep increases your feelings of positivity and happiness.

The negative effects of sleep deprivation extend beyond your daily moods, too. Lack of quality sleep affects your mental health in the long-term, as well. Adequate sleep can alleviate symptoms of depression and anxiety, which allows you to better control how you manage stressors in your life.

Sleep apnea also impacts your overall physical health, too

During sleep, your body produces proteins that help fight inflammation and repair damage done to your body. If you are sleep deprived, you are more susceptible to infections and less capable of fighting them. Your immune system gets suppressed when you do not get good sleep.

Unfortunately, many people have undiagnosed sleep apnea. They might snore and wake up feeling tired but have not yet been diagnosed with sleep apnea. Snoring is one of the most common disruptors of sleep and can be a symptom of sleep apnea.

If you are not getting a good night’s sleep—or you snore through the night—being evaluated by your doctor for sleep apnea is an important first step to finally getting the full, refreshing night sleep you deserve. 

And we have more and better treatments for sleep apnea than ever.

While a common sleep apnea treatment is a CPAP machine, there are plenty of other options as well. CPAP machines are cumbersome, loud, difficult to clean, and disruptive to your sleep. Thankfully, a CPAP machine is not your only option for treating sleep apnea.

Sleep apnea can also be treated with an oral appliance called a mouth guard. The guard positions your jaw to keep your airway open, so you can breathe easier and get a better night’s sleep.

Make your appointment today to see how you can get relief from these symptoms and to start living life on your terms again.

How does sleep apnea treatment work?

At Heidelberg Dentist, we know how important a good night sleep is and believe everyone deserves to sleep soundly and wake up feeling fully refreshed. That is why we offer all patients a free, no-pressure sleep apnea consultation

During your consultation, we will answer all your questions, compare options for getting a full night sleep, and suggest the most appropriate treatment plan for your case.  

We will also let you know what more information we need and if you havent had a sleep study in the last 12 months, we can provide you with a take home one - for free.

If a custom sleep apnea mouth guard is right for you and you decide to move forward, we will take a mold of your teeth so your mouth guard is a perfect fit. 

Your custom mouth guard will then be made and you will be invited back in for a final fitting.

Once you are completely happy with your mouthguard, you will be ready to go home and finally get the comfortable and restful sleep you deserve. It is that easy.

Who is sleep apnea treatment for?

Before you can be considered a candidate for sleep apnea mouth guard treatment, you will need to have been diagnosed with sleep apnea by your physician. 

If you have been diagnosed with mild to moderate sleep apnea, a mouth guard can help. But remember, a mouth guard is not your only option.

Our dentists have taken special training from pioneering sleep apnea researchers and they can help you understand all your options to let you know what will work best in your case.

What is the cost of sleep apnea treatment?

Out-of-pocket costs to treat sleep apnea depends on your specific needs and what insurance coverage you have, which could help offset some of the costs. 

At Heidelberg Dentist our expert team will help you understand your out-of-pocket costs before moving forward. 

If you need help fitting your treatment into your budget, we will also show you several flexible financing plans.

Don't you owe it to yourself to fix your sleep so you can start living live again?

Or you can book an appointment by calling us on (03) 9459 6300