Sleep Apnea FAQ

Meet with our team for our oral appliance therapy

Before our dentist can begin sleep apnea treatment, you will need to have your regular health care provider or a doctor that specializes in sleep apnea diagnose the problem. Typically, this is done through a sleep study. Following that study, the information will be sent to Dr. Sandra L. MacDonald, and she will use it to help find the right appliance for you. We will be happy to answer your sleep apnea questions and schedule you for a sleep study in Plymouth, Massachusetts. We invite you to learn more below.

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Is a sleep study absolutely necessary?

Yes. Sleep apnea is a medical condition and our dentist will need a referral from a sleep doctor or your primary care physician before we can begin your treatment.

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What if the doctor says I need a CPAP machine?

CPAP machines have been used for many years to relieve sleep apnea and its symptoms and they are often the default solution for many doctors. But if you want something that is less invasive, more comfortable and easier to use, and that can be taken with you anywhere you go, let your doctor know you would like to explore using an oral appliance. We will be happy to talk with our doctor about this option.

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Will an oral appliance work as well as a CPAP Machine?

There is no denying that a CPAP machine when used as directed, is 100% effective in treating sleep apnea. But the machine itself can by bulky, uncomfortable and noisy. Because of these problems, within the first year of having the machine, more than 50% of patients will stop using it, once again putting their health at risk. An oral appliance is much more comfortable and convenient, and often increases the rate of compliance to 95%.

If your doctor has diagnosed you with sleep apnea and you would like to meet with our dentist to discuss oral appliance therapy, call our office at 508-830-3339 and speak with a member of our team. Dr. MacDonald is board certified in sleep apnea treatments and can help you find the right solution for you.