What Is Sleep Apnea?
Sleep apnea is an involuntary interruption in your breathing that occurs as you sleep. Breathing can be interrupted hundreds of times each night. With each interruption, your brain wakes you enough to signal you to breathe again, which can result in poor quality or fragmented sleep.
Sleep apnea most often develops when soft tissue blocks the airway, interrupting breathing. It's treatable with oral appliance therapy from our dental office in Scottsdale, AZ.
How We Treat Sleep Apnea
for Arizona Patients in Scottsdale, Phoenix, and Beyond
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If you suspect you may have obstructive, mixed, or central sleep apnea, it's important to get a sleep study and diagnosis from a sleep doctor and begin treatment. Our office in Scottsdale, AZ, treats sleep apnea patients in the immediate area and nearby Phoenix, AZ, communities. With treatment, both your sleep and overall health may improve. To begin, contact us or call
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What to Expect From Our Arizona Practice
During a regular dental exam at our Scottsdale, AZ, practice serving the wider Phoenix area, Dr. Sielicki can look at your throat and upper airway, measuring your soft palate and uvula. Patients with an elongated soft palate or enlarged uvula are more likely to have obstructive sleep apnea.
If Dr. Sielicki thinks you may be at risk for sleep apnea, she will ask you about your sleep habits and whether or not you snore. She may recommend a sleep study to confirm that you have obstructive sleep apnea.
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Whether you know you have high blood pressure due to obstructive sleep apnea, suffer from excessive daytime sleepiness, or want to know the cause behind your loud snoring, you can turn to our practice for effective treatment.
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Affordable Sleep Apnea Treatment With Insurance and Financing
Fortunately, oral sleep appliances are among the more affordable sleep apnea treatment options available. Our Arizona practice prioritizes comfort and satisfaction for patients hailing from Scottsdale, Phoenix, and beyond, which includes making treatment accessible.
We accept most insurances and offer financing options, including CareCredit®, to help manage out-of-pocket expenses.
An Alternative to CPAP Machines
Many patients with obstructive sleep apnea are advised to use a CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) machine. This machine uses air pressure to keep the airway open during sleep. A mask is worn over the nose or nose and mouth at night.
However, CPAP machines are bulky, uncomfortable, and difficult to transport. Many people with sleep apnea have trouble tolerating CPAP machines and do not use them regularly as intended.
Dr. Sielicki offers a less intrusive alternative to continuous positive airway pressure: an oral appliance. The appliance is lightweight, comfortable, and much easier to tolerate than CPAP. You will wear the device while you sleep.
The purpose of the oral appliance is to set your lower jaw in a forward position to keep your airway open and prevent your tongue and other soft tissues from collapsing and blocking the airway.
Our Oral Appliances Are Custom Fitted
For Truly Tailored Treatment
While you may not be alone in snoring problems or obstructive sleep apnea, your mouth and jaw shape are unique. There are dental devices you can buy over-the-counter, but these one-size-fits-all solutions are uncomfortable, and they also run the risk of making your symptoms worse.
Your dentist will take an impression of your teeth and send it off to the lab for the appliance to be made. After the appliance is fitted — meaning it’s configured to be both effective and comfortable — we’ll consult you on any follow-up care you’ll need to return for.
When an appliance is working well, you can look forward to more restful sleep. You may see improvements when it comes to daytime sleepiness. Treating sleep apnea can also combat the consequences of letting the go condition untreated, so you may also see a reduction in high blood pressure and an increase your blood oxygen level.