Oral appliances are very comfortable. They're custom made to fit your mouth, plus they're made of very lightweight material.
Oral Appliances for Sleep Disorders
Some patients with mild to moderate sleep apnea benefit from wearing an oral appliance while they sleep. An oral appliance is just an acrylic device that fits over upper and lower teeth, almost like a set of retainers. The Alabama Sleep Clinic makes it really easy to try an oral appliance. Unlike other area sleep clinics, we have a dentist on staff in our office to make it fast, easy, and cost-effective to get an oral appliance that will work for you.
How does an oral appliance work?
An oral appliance moves your lower jaw slightly forward, tightening the muscles and soft tissue associated with your airway. This helps keep your airway open while you're asleep and helps prevent any obstructions to your airway. Oral appliances also helps prevent the soft tissue of your airway from vibrating when air moves over them, which is one of the main causes of snoring.
Do I have to visit a dentist?
We are one of the few sleep clinics to have a dentist on our staff. Our dentist works here in our office to fit you for an oral appliance. Instead of having to make a trip to a dentist in another area, visiting our dentist here in our office will save you both time and money. Our dentist will check your teeth and make sure an oral appliance will work for you (even if you wear dentures, you can probably still use an oral appliance). Our dentist will make an impression of your teeth and coordinate with a lab to make your appliance. When it's ready, our dentist will show you how to use your appliance and care for it.
Is it comfortable?
Oral appliances are very comfortable. They're custom made to fit your mouth, plus they're made of very lightweight material. The oral appliance we sell has two separate pieces, one for your upper jaw and one for your lower jaw, allowing you to talk, drink, and even yawn normally while you're wearing your appliance.
Financial benefits of oral appliances through the Alabama Sleep Clinic
The Alabama Sleep Clinic offers services that help our patients financially when ordering an oral appliance. Most other clinics require patients to visit a dentist not associated with the clinic. Although most insurance companies will cover the cost of oral appliances, patients at most other sleep clinics must pay the entire cost of the oral appliance up-front then wait for insurance reimbursement. Here at the Alabama Sleep Clinic, we offer payment plans. You can pay two small installments while we file insurance for you, then you have up to ten months to pay off the balance. We will work with you to make sure solving your sleep problem doesn't create any unnecessary financial burdens on you.