Healthy Sleep Offers Relief for Those Suffering From Sleep Apnea

Sleep Apnea is More Than Just Snoring

By: Kathy Smith | Category: Health & Fitness | Issue: May 2024

Dr. Lori Hare and Julie Payne providing an Obstructive Sleep Apnea assessment. Value News Magazine & Values Inc photo, April 2024.

Dr. Lori Hare and Julie Payne providing an Obstructive Sleep Apnea assessment. Value News Magazine & Values Inc photo, April 2024.

The obvious signs of lack of sleep are that we are tired in the morning. However, are you aware that the effects on your body overtime can be extremely harmful? Studies have shown that obstructive sleep apnea affects one in every five Americans. Fortunately, oral appliance therapy is helping many of those suffering from Obstructive Sleep Apnea.

Healthy Sleep in Tulsa and Claremore, Oklahoma are a focused team of dentists and practitioners who provide their patients with accurate assessments and diagnoses to help better their sleep and improve their health.

What is sleep apnea and how is it treated?

Julie Payne, clinical assistant at Healthy Sleep explains, “Obstructive Sleep Apnea is a condition where the tongue is blocking the airway causing an abnormal reduction in oxygen levels. These reductions in oxygen can last for 10 seconds to a minute and may occur 5 to 35 times an hour ultimately causing many long-term health conditions. At Healthy Sleep, the doctors offer oral appliance therapy which is an alternative to the CPAP machine that is often cumbersome and intolerable to many patients.”

The oral sleep appliance that Healthy Sleep fits patients with allows the airway to remain open on its own. “It’s an appliance that fits on the upper and lower jaw,” said Dr. Lori Hare. “The concept of it is like CPR. When you perform CPR you bring the lower jaw forward and it opens up the airway.”

Scan to take the sleep apnea assessment.

Scan to take the sleep apnea assessment.

Are you experiencing any signs of sleep apnea? The QR-Code in this article can be scanned for a quick and easy assessment.

Is sleep apnea therapy covered by insurance?

Is sleep apnea therapy covered by insurance? According to Healthy Sleep, the answer is YES; sleep apnea therapy can often be partially covered by medical insurance as well as plans like Medicare. In the case of oral appliance therapy, even though the treatment is being provided by a dentist, like their doctors, a patient will need to use medical insurance to help pay for it – not dental insurance. This is because the appliance is being used to address a medical issue as opposed to a dental one.

What should you expect during sleep apnea therapy?
Meet with our Sleep Doctor

We have 3 doctors who can work with you to provide the treatment that works best for you.

Take a Home Sleep Test

If you haven’t had a sleep study, we can assist you in getting a sleep study in the comfort of your own bed, using the most up-to-date devices for recording sleep data.

Scan for your Custom Oral Appliance

We use the best oral appliances on the market designed for optimal comfort & success.

Wear your Oral Appliance Nightly

Our team will follow through to make sure your appliance is working, and you receive the care you deserve to treat your apnea.


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201 N Lynn Riggs | Claremore, OK

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