Kittrell Family Dentistry
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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs): Snoring and Sleep Apnea

How can we help you?

We understand the importance of patient education at the office of John S. Kittrell, DDS, and Associates. Good oral care is essential for one’s overall health, and the more knowledge our patients have about dental care, the better their oral health will tend to be.

There are a number of questions we hear rather frequently, so we have included those below.

If you have other questions that are not listed here, we invite you to ask them. Whether they have to do with your oral care specifically or your oral health generally, we want to know what you are thinking. When you have knowledge, you can make more informed decisions about your treatment options.

Don’t hesitate to ask us questions. We care about the health of you and your entire family!

Snoring and Sleep Apnea

No this type of treatment is not a guarantee, every patient responds to treatment differently. 

No, wearing the device shouldn't cause you any pain. However, you may notice some jaw discomfort at first, and some sore teeth. We will adjust the appliance to help eliminate this.  

Store your oral appliance in its case in a dry, cool place. Rinse well with water before AND after each use. Regularly clean your oral appliance with a toothbrush and toothpaste. An ultrasonic cleaner is best. Denture tablets are also another recommended option. Do NOT use harsh chemicals or household cleaning products such as bleach or ammonia. Do NOT soak it in mouthwash, hot water, or place it in direct sunlight. Remember brush, floss and rinse before inserting it each time. 

Store the oral appliance in the original container given to you during the delivery period. Remember, keep this out of reach from children or any pets. 

There is no guarantee on how long the appliance will last. However, most insurance companies will pay for a new oral appliance after 5 years of using it. 

Estimated portions are different per patient. This depends on your insurance policy and any remaining deductible you may have. We will maximize your insurance benefits every way possible. 

Every insurance company is different, most companies will not pay for a new device if it is lost or stolen before the 5 year time period. However, If your device is lost or stolen and insurance will not cover a new one for you, we will take 25% off the total and the reminding fee would be your responsibility.

The process to get an oral appliance is as followed: 

  • Get diagnosed
  • Schedule first appointment- includes exam with Dr. McMunn and impressions
  • Second appointment- includes fitting the newly made oral appliance, and going over the use and care. 
  • Third appointment- includes any necessary adjustments needed to the oral appliance, and we send you home with a Virtuox Pulse Oximetry to make sure you are getting enough oxygen with your new device.
    • We keep your physicians updated throughout the entire process.​
  • Forth appointment- we will bring you back in for 6 months after receiving the oral appliance and once every year to ensure the device is working properly for you.

Yes, you will either need to wear this or your CPAP mask. Some patients choose do to a combination therapy.

No this will not change your bite permanently as long as you use the am aligner or chew sugar-free gum daily, if you loose this am aligner you need to contact our office immediately. 

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