FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
My bed partner says that I snore. Do I have sleep apnea?
Snoring doesn’t always mean that you have sleep apnea. However, if you scored above a 6 on the sleep survey, we recommend that you set up an initial appointment to come in and speak with Dr. Salonia. Based on her assessment, if Dr. Salonia suspects that you might have sleep apnea, she will refer you to a sleep specialist who will schedule an overnight, monitored sleep assessment. After evaluating the findings, your sleep specialist will help you determine if an oral sleep appliance is the correct course of treatment for you.
Is Dr. Salonia specially trained to provide an oral appliance?
Yes, Dr. Salonia has taken special classes, passed rigorous exams, and presented numerous successful cases to earn her accreditation in the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine.
Can’t I just buy an appliance in a drug store or on the internet?
Sleep apnea is a serious medical condition and treatment needs to be closely monitored by a trained professional. A generic appliance that you purchase over the counter can cause damage to your teeth or jaw and cannot be assessed to see if it is helping to properly treat sleep apnea.
Are oral appliances successful in treating sleep apnea?
Oral appliances are about 70% effective in treating mild to moderate sleep apnea if fitted and adjusted properly and monitored by a trained professional.
Is an oral appliance comfortable?
For people who have had braces, the oral appliance is similar to a retainer that you wear at night. There are several types of appliances and all of them are custom-made to fit the individual. Dr. Salonia will work closely with you to find the appliance that works best and feels comfortable for you.
How long can I expect my oral appliance to last?
Under normal use, an appliance should last for several years. Most appliances come with a warranty in the event of a malfunction.
Will my insurance pay for an oral sleep appliance?
Sleep apnea is considered a medical condition. Consequently, an oral appliance would be submitted under your medical insurance. Quite often medical insurances will provide some coverage for an appliance. We are happy to send in a medical claim on your behalf. However, we cannot guarantee what each person’s individual coverage will be.
What happens if I don’t do anything about my sleep problems?
Not getting a good night’s rest can not only affect you but also your sleep partner and other people in your home. In addition, the lack of a restful night’s sleep may make you feel groggy or irritable during the day affecting your ability to drive, work and interact with other people. In some instances, untreated sleep apnea can lead to heart attack, stroke and other serious consequences.
Can Dr. Salonia help me?
Dr. Salonia will work closely with your sleep physician and other professionals to identify what your sleep problems might be. Dr. Salonia will be happy to help with any questions that you might have regarding sleep apnea and possible treatment. Call our office to get more information. We want you to have sweet dreams every night!
Call Dr. Salonia today at (860) 346-6737 to see if oral appliance therapy is right for you!
Dental Sleep Medicine of Central Connecticut
955 South Main Street
Middletown, CT 06457
Phone: (860) 346-6737
Fax: (860) 704-0239