Sleeping woman with an illustration of a blocked airway due to sleep apnea

Sleep Apnea Treatment

Sleep apnea can mean more than just a restless night of sleep.

If left untreated, sleep apnea can seriously affect your overall health.

River Valley Advanced Dental and Implant Center in Billings, MT, and Boise, ID, offers clinically approved appliances to treat sleep apnea.

Obstructive Sleep Apnea  Interrupts Sleep

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Those who suffer from obstructive sleep apnea can stop breathing for a few seconds to a full minute at a time before their brain signals them to wake partially and resume breathing again.

Sleep interruptions from OSA can happen hundreds of times throughout the night, interrupting your sleep and reducing the amount of oxygen delivered to your brain.

You Aren't Alone if You Suffer From Obstructive Sleep Apnea

Obstructive sleep apnea affects an estimated 22 million Americans

Obstructive sleep apnea is a sleep disorder that affects an estimated 22 million Americans. It is often undiagnosed because the symptoms occur while you are sleeping. If left untreated, sleep apnea can have serious effects on your overall health.

Symptoms Of Obstructive Sleep Apnea

The most common symptoms of sleep apnea include:

  • Loud and chronic snoring
  • Daytime sleepiness
  • Morning headaches
  • Mood swings or easy irritability 
  • Waking while choking or gasping
  • Frequent urination during the night 
  • Dry mouth or a sore throat in the morning

Do Not Let Sleep Apnea Affect Your Life Request a Consultation

Thanks to advancements in materials and technologies, treatment for sleep disorders is becoming more effective and comfortable than ever before.

At River Valley Advanced Dental & Implant Center, our teams in Billings, MT, and Boise, ID, can begin the process of treating your sleep apnea today. Contact our practice to request a consultation or call:

(406) 656-2000

Dr. David Casagrande with a patient in the dentist's chair
Dr. David Casagrande can help treat your obstructive sleep apnea and improve your general health in the process.
A study by the National Center for Biotechnology Information found that patients receiving oral appliance therapy reduced their symptoms of sleep apnea as well as improved physiological and behavioral outcomes. 

The Negative Effects Of Sleep Apnea

Sleep apnea does not only affect the quality of your sleep. The disorder has been linked to several serious health issues, such as:

  • Depression
  • Memory loss and confusion 
  • Acid reflux
  • Weak immune system
  • Asthma or difficulty breathing
  • High blood pressure
  • Liver disease
  • High blood sugar
  • Heart disease
  • Decreased libido
  • Low levels of oxygen in blood
  • High cholesterol
  • Daytime Sleepiness

These more severe side effects can affect your overall health and require more expensive and invasive treatment in the future. Taking steps to treat your condition can prevent serious, life-threatening consequences.

Who's at Risk?

There is no single answer as to what causes sleep apnea. Although some patients are prone to the condition because of their small airways or enlarged tonsils, certain health and lifestyle factors may increase your risk of this sleep disorder. Risk factors include:

  • Excess weight
  • Age
  • Family history
  • High blood pressure
  • Smoking
  • Diabetes

If you notice sleep apnea symptoms in yourself or a loved one, we encourage you to visit our Billings, MT, or Boise, ID, office to receive a formal diagnosis to begin treatment.

Step-by-Step Treatment Process

Dr. Casagrande is proud to offer the most advanced, state-of-the-art, clinically approved oral appliances to treat patients suffering from obstructive sleep apnea. 
Dr. Casagrande is proud to offer the most advanced, state-of-the-art, clinically approved oral appliances to treat patients suffering from obstructive sleep apnea. 

Full Sleep Apnea Evaluation

Dr. Casagrande will conduct a complete sleep apnea evaluation when you visit our Billings or Boise office.

During the appointment, he will review your symptoms, assess your needs, and formulate a plan.

Sleep Study

Not every obstructive sleep apnea patient requires a sleep study. However, if Dr. Casagrande deems it necessary, he will request a sleep study at this time. 

Impressions

If you are diagnosed with sleep apnea, we will take impressions of your bite to begin fabricating your custom oral appliance. 

Fabrication

Our office provides oral appliances that are approved by the Food and Drug Administration for the safe and effective treatment of sleep apnea.

These appliances are custom-made using impressions of your teeth and gums for the most comfortable and secure fit. 

Our Non-Surgical Treatment Options

Oral appliances treat obstructive sleep apnea by gently shifting the lower jaw to a more forward position. This shift can help hold tissues of the throat tight, prevent the tongue from falling back, and allow you to maintain an open upper airway while you sleep. Depending on your needs, we will recommend one of two brands. 

Klearway

Klearway™ appliances are made of thermoactive acrylic to fit comfortably and securely over your teeth while you sleep. The flexible material allows you to yawn and swallow without dislodging the appliance. Your aligner will keep your jaws and tongue in a proper position during sleep, opening the airway and eliminating sleep disturbances and snoring.

SomnoDent Herbst Advance

SomnoDent® Herbst Advance™ appliances have been used to treat sleep apnea and jaw misalignment for many years. Similar to Klearway products, Herbst oral appliances are easy to care for and made of flexible materials to fit comfortably around your teeth and gums. The device is fully adjustable and small for easy transport.

Dr. David Casagrande

River Valley Advanced Dental & Implant Center

Dr. David Casagrande is a renowned prosthodontist who has been caring for the most complex cases for more than 40 years. He is a member of various professional organizations:

  • Montana Dental Association
  • American Dental Association
  • American College of Prosthodontists
  • The Academy of Osseointegration

To discuss your oral health concerns with our team, request a consultation online or call us at (406) 656-2000.

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