Snoring & Sleep Dentistry

If you struggle with snoring or sleep apnea, Great Plains Dental offers an evaluation and screening opportunity to see if sleep dentistry can offer you help with Oral Appliance Therapy.

What is Oral Appliance Therapy?

Oral Appliance Therapy includes the selection, fitting and use of a specially designed oral appliance that helps to maintain an open airway during sleep. Our dental office may be able to help you with your sleep-related breathing issues by creating an oral appliance that is custom-made specifically for your mouth. This  small plastic device fits into your mouth while you sleep helping to  keep your airway open for improved sleep. 

Advantages of Oral Appliance Therapy

To complete the evaluation, we will need a copy of your most recent sleep study. If you have not had a sleep study within the last 5 years, we would refer you to your Primary Physician, an ENT clinic, or one of our areas qualified Sleep Physicians to determine if you are a primary snorer or if you have Obstructive Sleep Apnea. Typically, your Primary Physician will be able to prescribe a Home Sleep Study that you can take in your normal sleep environment or they may recommend that have an over night Polysomnogram in a sleep facility.

a close up shot of the Great Plains Dental logo on a black scrubs shirt for Dr. Jessica Waterbury as she inspects a retainer
a dentist at Great Plains Dental holds a sleep appliance out

How Can Oral Appliance Therapy Help Me?

Snoring Problems

Snoring can cause disrupted sleep for both you and your sleeping partner. Snoring happens when tissues at the back of the roof of the mouth vibrates against the back of the throat. The Oral Appliance works to prevent your airway from collapsing. It does this by either holding the tongue or supporting the jaw and decreasing snoring. 

Obstructive Sleep Apnea

A common sleeping disorder that occurs when a person pauses breathing or has shallow breathing that interrupts their  sleep. Oral Appliances are only recommended for mild to moderate sleep apnea. The Oral Appliance is designed specifically for your mouth and works to improve the upper airway opening. 

Front-Line Treatment

The American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine states that Oral Appliances are a “front-line treatment for patients with mild to moderate Obstructive Sleep Apnea”. For many patients with primary snoring or obstructive sleep apnea prefer the Oral Appliance to a CPAP.

Is it Right for Me?

If you have one of the following, the Oral Appliance might be right for you: 

If you have any questions about how an Oral Appliance can help you with snoring or sleep apnea, Contact Us at 605.339.2955

We Help Make Your Priceless Smile Affordable

Great Plains Dental accepts most dental insurance plans. Our staff will work with you to understand your plan’s benefits and submit claims to your insurance company. If you don’t have dental insurance, we accept major credit cards and can also create a payment plan that fits into your budget. Putting off dental care may end up costing you more in the long run, including your smile.

Questions? Contact our billing office or call 605.339.2955.