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Sleep Apnea FAQ

Our St. Louis Sleep Apnea Dentist Answers Your Questions

Dental sleep medicine is a relatively new practice that not many people are aware of. As one of the leading dental practice in St. Louis that gives focus on sleep apnea treatments, James Lillenberg DDS is dedicated to helping our patients have all the information they need about dental sleep medicine. Our resident dentist, Dr. Lillenberg is a member of the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine or AADSM and the Missouri Sleep Society. He has completed a mini-residency in Sleep Medicine at Tufts Dental School in Boston and is certified as a qualified dentist by the American Board Dental Sleep Medicine. He is currently working on attaining his diplomate status for AADSM.

Please see below the answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about sleep apnea and our dental practice. We hope that you find all the information here useful as you seek treatment for your obstructive sleep apnea symptoms.

If you wish to speak with Dr. Lillenberg in-person, our office offers free consultations. Call now to schedule an appointment.

  • How Do I Know If I Have Obstructive Sleep Apnea?

    If you have been snoring loudly and feeling excessive daytime sleepiness or unrefreshed sleep, it is highly likely that you have obstructive sleep apnea. However, before we proceed with your treatment plan, we recommend that you get a proper diagnosis from a qualified sleep physician. We can refer you to some of our contacts outside our practice and work with them to get you the treatment you need. To learn more about the signs and symptoms of OSA, click here.

  • Is Snoring Always an Indication of Obstructive Sleep Apnea?

    While snoring is one of the most common symptoms of sleep apnea, snoring does not always indicate OSA. In fact, some patients with sleep apnea don’t snore at all. However, it can be difficult to differentiate sleep apnea sufferers from the simple snorers. The only way to tell is to get a proper diagnosis from a sleep physician. Regardless if your diagnosis turns out that you have sleep apnea or not, our St. Louis dentist offers oral appliances that can help with your snoring.

  • Are There Alternative Treatments for Obstructive Sleep Apnea Aside from CPAP?

    Continuous positive airway pressure or CPAP is the most common treatment for sleep apnea. However, many patients find the machine to be uncomfortable to wear. Some of the most common side effects include dry or stuffy nose, irritation of the skin, and bloating of the stomach. Many patients that have had negative experiences with CPAP have looked to oral appliances as an alternative treatment. CPAP compliance and adherence is only 50% whereas oral device therapy is 90%. If you have been diagnosed with sleep apnea and would like an alternative to CPAP, we can help.

  • What Can I Expect from the Oral Appliances?

    If you have already been diagnosed with OSA by a physician and want to find an alternative treatment other than a CPAP, James Lillenberg DDS offers a variety of oral appliances to help relieve your symptoms. These oral devices are designed to help keep your airway open while you sleep. Successful treatment, however, is more dependent on the skill of your St. Louis sleep medicine dentist than the type of appliance. With Dr. Lillenberg, you can be sure that we are highly qualified to provide you with the right oral appliance for you. All our oral devices are custom-made, adjustable, durable, easy to insert and remove and most importantly, FDA-approved.

  • How Does Sleep Apnea Affect the Body?

    As we have discussed, sleep apnea affects the body due to the fact that it is deprived of oxygen while you are sleeping. Your body constantly awakens because of this. Constant sleep interruption can eventually lead to or develop into many different types of health conditions. Some of these could include:

    • Cardiovascular problems
    • High blood pressure
    • High blood sugar
    • High cholesterol
    • Low blood oxygen
    • Daytime fatigue
    • Anxiety
    • Depression
    • Memory loss and/or confusion
    • Risk of physical injury or a sleep-related driving accident

    All of these conditions are treatable and can certainly be prevented! Sleep apnea can makes you more groggy, more irritable, and have mental fog. This can leach into other aspects of your life, negatively affecting your relationships with others, your ability to work, and your overall enjoyment of life. Your health and qualit of life are important, and James Lillenberg DDS PC is here to help.

  • What Can James Lillenberg DDS Do for Me?

    Dr. Lillenberg is specially-trained in sleep medicine with a continuum in Sleep Disordered Breathing Therapy for dentists at the Pankey Institute in Florida. He has the skills and the experience to provide you with an effective yet comfortable oral appliance therapy for your OSA symptoms. As a dentist specializing in this emerging field, Dr. Lillenberg is specially positioned to provide the best care. We even provide patients with a free consultation to help them get started.

  • Do I Really Need to Seek Treatment?

    Patients who sleep poorly age faster, usually feel tired, and develop other co-morbid problems more often than those who sleep well. Snoring and untreated OSA affect the duration and quantity of restful sleep stages.

    Some of the most common effects of OSA include:

    • Loud, embarrassing snoring
    • Bed partner disruption
    • Excessive daytime sleepiness
    • Unrefreshing sleep
    • Fatigue
    • Cognitive decline
    • Anxiety
    • Depression
    • Insomnia
    • High blood pressure
    • Cardiovascular disease
    • Periodic limb movement/restless leg syndrome
    • High cholesterol

    Improve the quality of your sleep by getting diagnosed by your physician today and seeking treatment from a qualified sleep medicine dentist in St. Louis such as Dr. Lillenberg.

  • Will My Insurance Cover My Treatment Plan?

    At James Lillenberg DDS, we work with your medical insurance and utilize a medical billing company. After getting a proper diagnosis from a physician, you will receive a prescription for an oral device upon your request. This is necessary for medical coverage. We also accept Medicare, which other dental offices in St. Louis don’t! We will coordinate with your physician and insurance company in securing treatment and coverage for our patients.

    However, Medical insurance will not pay for treatment for patients not diagnosed with OSA. Medical insurance only pays for testing. Dental insurance does not cover therapy for OSA or for snoring. Patients who snore without OSA will have to pay out of pocket for their custom oral device. Cash prices are often between $1500 and $2000 for oral appliance therapy depending upon the device and patient preferences.

    Do you want to speak with our St. Louis sleep medicine dentist in-person? Contact (314) 227-9141 now for a free consultation!

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