Having trouble sleeping lately? You might be suffering from sleep apnea — a disorder where a person’s breathing is interrupted repeatedly during sleep. An estimated 30 million Americans suffer from obstructive sleep apnea, according to the Stanford Center for Sleep Sciences and Medicine.
The good news is that there’s help! Marconi Dental Group in Sacramento offers a free screening for a dental appliance covered by most PPO insurance plans that can help correct breathing when sleeping, giving you the ZZZs you need. They also offer financing available for the non-insured.
What is Sleep Apnea?
According to Dr. Ashkan Alizadeh — who owns Marconi Dental Group with his wife Dr. Maryam Saleh — obstructive sleep apnea occurs when the tongue and soft palate collapse onto the back of the throat, stopping airflow. Each of these pauses, called an apnea, can last a few seconds or a few minutes and can occur many times per hour. As a consequence of this, suffers of sleep apnea get less of the restful, deep sleep that a body requires and are often chronically tired during the day.
Symptoms of sleep apnea include:
- Loud and chronic snoring
- Choking, snoring, or gasping during sleep
- Long pauses in breathing
- Daytime fatigue
Sleep Apnea Solution
One of the most common treatments for sleep apnea is called Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP), which uses a machine that forces air through the nasal passages while you sleep. However, many people find this treatment uncomfortable and may stop using it, which can be dangerous to their health.
Dr. Alizadeh offers a different solution in the form of a dental device that moves the lower jaw forward, helping to prevent the sleeper’s tongue from falling backward and blocking the airway. After a free screening to make sure the dental device will work for the patient, each sleep apnea device is custom-made and Dr. Alizadeh says most PPO plans that they work with cover the cost of the therapy, with no out-of-pocket expenses for the patient.
Dr. Alizadeh says he has had several patients that have struggled with sleep apnea and using CPAP for many years, and since switching to the dental device have nothing by positive things to say about it. “They feel refreshed when they wake up in the morning and they did it without a loud machine right next to their beds,” he says. “We have many satisfied patients and that is what makes this all very rewarding for us to offer as a extra service for our patients.”
For more information about the sleep apnea device and to schedule a free screening appointment, call 916.589.6476 or visit MarconiDentalGroup.com.