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Covington, GA sleep apnea dentist Stephen Dean DMDStephen Dean, DMD

Meet Covington’s Sleep Apnea Expert

Untreated obstructive sleep apnea can rob a person of their needed rest, their energy, and their health – but it doesn’t have to be permanent. Dr. Dean offers dedicated sleep apnea therapy near you that transcends the traditional CPAP model, resulting in lasting relief. With plenty of state-of-the-art training under his belt and a true passion for top-tier customer service too, he is ready to help nearby patients from Covington and the surrounding communities finally reclaim the quality of life they deserve.

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Jack A. | Covington, GA

Dr. Dean changed my life. I feel better 100%! His staff is amazing too!

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Is Your CPAP Keeping You Awake?

A traditional CPAP machine can help treat sleep apnea, but the bulky, uncomfortable equipment results in many patients choosing to forego treatment altogether. If you’re struggling, it’s time to schedule a one-on-one consultation with Dr. Dean. He offers custom oral appliances, which can help prevent airway blockage and promote unhindered breathing throughout the night. Better yet, these sleep apnea machines are comfortable, compact, and easy to use without disruption to your nightly routine.

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Medical Insurance & Financing

Dental sleep apnea therapy from a sleep dentist is actually billed through medical insurance, which may seem complicated at first glance. Don’t worry, though – Renee is here to help make this process seamless and stress-free! We will take care of necessary claims, maximize available benefits on your behalf, and help you understand the cost so your treatment is as affordable as possible and there are never any surprises. If you are in need of additional financial help, low-interest payment plans can be arranged through CareCredit or Lending Club to split up the overall treatment cost over several months.

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How Snoring & Sleep Apnea Connect

If you’re wondering how to stop snoring, it’s important to note that loud, chronic snoring and sleep apnea are directly related. In fact, it’s considered to be one of the most common symptoms, even though it does not confirm or deny the existence of sleep apnea outright. If you have a spouse that is a snorer, you’re far from alone. If you have a loved one that’s not only struggling to stay asleep, but keeping the family up at night as well, it may be time to schedule them for a consultation with Dr. Dean.

Sleep Apnea FAQs

If you have a question about sleep apnea, we have answers! We encourage all current patients and potential future patients to call us to get the information they need regarding their specific concerns about sleep disorders. Of course, we want to make every step of your sleep apnea treatment as convenient for you as possible, so we’ve compiled a list of some of the most common questions we’ve received. We hope you can find some of the answers you’re looking for below!

Is sleep apnea genetic?

About 40 percent of obstructive sleep apnea can be attributed to genetics. The disorder is more common in those with relatives who also suffered from sleep apnea, although it’s not clear which genes are responsible. Also, obesity (a major sleep apnea risk factor) can have underlying genetic causes. With all that said, 60 percent of sleep apnea cases are caused by environmental or lifestyle factors.

I think I might have sleep apnea, but I am not sure. What should I do?

If you have any reason to suspect that you have sleep apnea, your first step should be to get in touch with Dr. Dean to schedule a consultation. We can evaluate your risk for a sleep disorder and help you take the necessary steps to have a sleep test performed. Once you’ve been properly diagnosed, we can discuss potential treatments that help you find relief while also addressing the cause of the disorder.

I snore a lot. Does that mean I have sleep apnea?

While snoring is one of the most common symptoms to accompany sleep apnea, it doesn’t always point to a sleep disorder. Typically, snoring that is linked to sleep apnea is more frequent and louder compared to regular snoring. Of course, it’s always better to have a sleep test performed if you can’t rule out sleep apnea entirely.

Are there different types of sleep apnea?

Yes. The most common type of sleep apnea is obstructive sleep apnea, which is caused by soft tissues blocking your airway. Central sleep apnea is caused when the brain fails to control your breathing muscles during sleep. On rare occasions, you might suffer from obstructive sleep apnea and central sleep apnea at the same time – a condition appropriately referred to as complex sleep apnea syndrome.

Are oral appliances more effective than CPAP machines?

Generally speaking, CPAP machines are better suited for more severe forms of sleep apnea while oral appliances are more effective for mild to moderate cases. However, oral appliances generally have a better patient adherence rate because they’re far more comfortable to wear, are convenient to pack when traveling, and don’t make any noise that could keep you up at night.

Does insurance cover sleep apnea treatment?

Most insurance policies will help pay for sleep apnea treatment, and oral appliances are usually included under that. However, even though oral appliances can be provided by dentists, they generally aren’t covered by dental insurance; you’ll typically rely on medical insurance instead. We can review your insurance benefits with you and file the necessary claims on your behalf.

Getting to Our Office in Covington

Finally, there’s expert and personalized sleep apnea therapy available in your area! We are just a short drive from Highway 278 NW and State Route 81, making our dental office convenient for patients in Covington, Conyers, Porterdale, and other surrounding communities. You’ll find our office near the Covington Family YMCA and the Piedmont Newton Hospital, on the corner of Mill Street NE and Newton Drive NE. We look forward to helping you find long-term solutions for all of your sleep-related concerns, so don’t hesitate to call or visit us today!

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