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Sleep Apnea Treatment in Savannah, GA

Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) is a medical condition that affects 18 to 30 million adults in the United States. This chronic, lifelong condition is detrimental to your sleep, general health and quality of life. Hypertension, diabetes, stroke, heart disease and work related accidents are all linked to sleep apnea.

Sleep apnea mouth guard
(some refer to this as a snoring mouthpiece)

The good news is there are treatment options that are an alternative to the bulky and uncomfortable CPAP machines.

With successful treatment you can look forward to restful nights, brighter days, and a better relationship with loved ones who’ve been losing sleep while you snore!

“…From the first night I wore it, it has been tremendous! No snoring, no stopping of breathing, and now after a few weeks, I am beginning to realize that my sleep is much more restful than I had ever known before.
(Unexpected bonus: I feel much more rested in the mornings.)”
— Jeffrey Mazik, SomnoDent Patient

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at (912) 354-1366
Or, let us contact you.

    Sleep apnea signs and symptoms

    During sleep, your throat and tongue muscles relax. Your airway, at the back of your throat can sag and obstruct the normal flow of air. Here are some signs this is occurring:

    • Snoring
    • Excessive daytime sleepiness
    • Noticeable pauses in breathing during sleep
    • Teeth grinding during sleep

    Are TMJ (grinding and clenching teeth)
    and sleep apnea related?

    If you are grinding your teeth during sleep, you may have sleep apnea also. Here are some symptoms:

    • Teeth grinding or clenching (May be loud enough to disturb your sleep partner)
    • Teeth that are worn down or chipped
    • Tooth enamel is worn away
    • Increased tooth sensitivity
    • Muscle tightness in your jaw, neck and shoulders
    • Ear aches
    • Headaches
    • Chronic facial pain

    See more information about TMJ treatment here.

    Have you had a sleep study?

    There are options for an Overnight Sleep Study Polysomnogram (PSG). This test is conducted at a sleep laboratory or hospital location. You’ll spend the night and be monitored by staff for a comprehensive diagnosis of your particular condition. We can review this report and make recommendations for a treatment plan and determine whether a oral appliance for sleep apnea (dental appliance for sleep apnea) is appropriate.

    What is a home sleep test?

    A home sleep test (HST) is a sleep apnea test that you perform in your own home rather than in a sleep lab. You will receive a small, portable device that attaches to your body in various ways. For example, you might tape a wire near your nose and mouth to measure your airflow, clip a pulse oximeter to your finger to measure your blood oxygen saturation, and place elastic bands around your torso to measure your respiratory effort.

    You will wear the device for one to three nights, depending on your doctor’s instructions. Then you will simply return the device, and the recorded information will be downloaded and interpreted. You will typically be scheduled for a follow-up appointment to learn your results and develop a treatment plan, if needed.

    Home Sleep Test (HST) or Out of Center Sleep Test (OCST)

    You can take this test at home using a devices provided by one of our professional partner network. You’ll be given instructions and work with their office for an evaluation of the report.

    After taking the appropriate test, you’ll be evaluated on the severity of your condition. You’ll provide your test results to Dr. Chad Schnabel and treatment options will be discussed.

    What is an anti-snoring mouthpiece?

    An anti-snoring mouthpiece is a small, custom-fitted dental device that gently moves the lower jaw forward. This relaxes the soft tissues of the throat and prevents the tongue from collapsing into the airway. It stops snoring, and can also treat mild to moderate sleep apnea. An anti-snoring mouthpiece can even be fitted to existing dental work, including full dentures. It is easily adjustable, and does not interfere with drinking, talking, or taking oral medications. However, it should be removed for eating.

    Anti snoring mouthpiece or SomnoDent®

    Almost 200,000 patients around the world have enjoyed snoring relief using one of the SomnoDent® products. Here are some encouraging statistics for anyone who is concerned about the CPAP machine or is beginning their search for treatment of sleep apnea:

    • 88% of patients reported regular use of the product
    • The mouth piece is small and silent
    • 91% of patients reported improvement in sleep quality with SomnDent®
    • 3-year warranty

    Are sleep apnea treatments covered by insurance?

    Will all of the changes in medical benefits over the past few years, we get many questions about sleep apnea reimbursement. The claims we process are 100% HIPPA compliant and our approval rate is very high.

    Let us review your specific insurance coverage before your appointment.

    Schedule an Appointment

    at (912) 354-1366
    Or, let us contact you.