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Sleep Apnea Treatment

Obstructive sleep apnea is a common (but serious) condition in which the airway becomes blocked during sleep, resulting in a lack of oxygen.

Dentists can treat sleep apnea, reducing the risk factor of developing serious conditions like heart failure and high blood pressure.

Dr. Timothy M. Kelly in Albuquerque, NM, specializes in treating jaw disorders and sleep disorders with custom oral appliances...

What Else Can Obstructive Sleep Apnea Cause?


This is caused by frequently waking up from a lack of proper breathing.

Daytime Fatigue

This could cause you to fall asleep at work, or even worse, while driving.

Concentration Issues

Lack of sleep can make focusing on work and important conversations difficult.

Sleep Apnea Treatment with Dr. Kelly

Sleep apnea is a common condition that can have very serious effects on your health. Dr. Tim Kelly offers non-surgical sleep apnea treatments at his warm and inviting Albuquerque, NM, practice to improve patients' quality of sleep, and relieve symptoms like persistent fatigue and moodiness. Advancements in the field mean a simple oral appliance is often sufficient to treat this serious sleep disorder.

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Your Body Will Thank You

If you are one of the millions of Americans suffering from this type of sleep apnea, improve your quality of life today by seeking professional treatment with our dentist. Dr. Kelly has over 30 years of clinical experience and is highly trained in the diagnosis and treatment of sleep apnea. When necessary, he can even work alongside a sleep medicine specialist to deliver the personalized treatment you deserve.

To learn more about the treatment of sleep disorders or any of the other services offered at our Albuquerque, NM, dental practice, schedule a consultation by contacting us online or by giving us a call: 

(505) 256-1770

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Dr. Kelly can help you treat obstructive sleep apnea with a custom oral appliance.

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How We Diagnose Sleep Apnea

Obstructive sleep apnea, or OSA, can be a complex issue to diagnose, which is why Dr. Kelly often works in conjunction with a trusted local doctor in the Albuquerque area who specializes in sleeping disorders. Here is how the diagnostic process typically works:
Complete your sleep study in the comfort of your home.
Complete your sleep study in the comfort of your home.
First, you'll meet with Dr. Kelly for a consultation to discuss your symptoms. If he feels you may be suffering from sleep apnea, he will suggest an at-home sleep study.
You will be given a sleep monitoring device to wear while you are sleeping comfortably in your own bed. This eliminates the need to schedule an inconvenient overnight stay at a sleep study center.
The device will measure and record various body functions while you sleep. This data, along with your medical records, will be evaluated by a sleep medicine specialist and Dr. Kelly.
Once the data has been evaluated, Dr. Kelly can determine the best way to treat you based on your symptoms. If an oral appliance can treat your sleep disorder, Dr. Kelly will use cutting-edge digital technology to design your customized appliance. A trusted, certified lab will then create your appliance to Dr. Kelly's exact specifications.

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Sleep Apnea Treatment Cost and Insurance Coverage

The average cost of a diagnosis and treatment from Dr. Kelly runs between $2,950 and $3,700. Since sleep apnea is a medical condition, there is a good chance that your insurance will offer partial or even full coverage. Our knowledgeable staff will be happy to contact your insurance company to get you the maximum coverage possible. 

What Is the Difference between Obstructive Sleep Apnea and Other Types of Sleep Apnea?

There are three primary types of sleep apnea: obstructive sleep apnea, central sleep apnea, and complex sleep apnea. Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is the most common type of sleep apnea. This sleep disorder occurs when the upper airway becomes blocked, affecting your breathing. This is usually due to the collapse of soft tissues near the back of the throat. During sleep, the muscles become relaxed and physically obstruct the airway. This causes snoring and cessations in your breathing known as apneas. 

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According to the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, over 25 million American adults suffer from obstructive sleep apnea.

Understanding Complex and Central Sleep Apnea

  • Central Sleep Apnea
  • This disorder occurs when the muscles that control your breathing do not get proper signals from your brain while you are sleeping. 
  • Complex Sleep Apnea
  • This a combination of central sleep apnea and obstructive sleep apnea.

What Causes Obstructive Sleep Apnea?

There are several factors that can contribute to the development of sleep apnea. You may have a higher risk for OSA if you:

Are overweight or suffer from hormone imbalances

Have a family history of OSA

Suffer from chronic nasal congestion

Have excess tissues around the airway

Because many of these causes are weight-related, weight loss alone may reduce the severity of your symptoms.

Sleep Apnea Symptoms

Individuals with obstructive sleep apnea may experience a variety of symptoms. An extreme possibility is a shortened life span. The most common ones include:

  • Loud snoring
  • Waking and gasping for air
  • Headaches upon waking
  • Insomnia
  • Difficulty with focus or concentration
  • Chronic daytime sleepiness
  • Irritability
  • Dry mouth

In some instances, our Albuquerque area patients may not exhibit any warning signs. For this reason, regular medical checkups are essential. It is also important to visit our Albuquerque, NM, dentist for routine exams. During your check-up, discuss your symptoms with Dr. Kelly. He can determine whether they are related to sleep apnea and recommend an at-home sleep study.

Don't Wait to Sleep Better and Live Better Contact Dr. Kelly Today

Sleep apnea is a serious medical condition that can disrupt your life in many ways. It can also disrupt the healthy sleep of your bed mate, as well.

The first steps to solving this issue are to not deny that you have a sleep disorder and believing that a dentist trained in treating obstructive sleep apnea can help you live a more energetic, higher quality life.

Want to feel more rested? Schedule your sleep disorder consultation today using our online form or by calling Dr. Kelly's Albuquerque office anytime. His goal is you make your sleep deeper and more peaceful.

(505) 256-1770

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Dr. Kelly treating a patient.

Reduce snoring, restlessness, fatigue, and more with sleep apnea treatment...

Treating Sleep Apnea

In addition to weight loss, there are several treatments available for obstructive sleep apnea. The method recommended for you by our Albuquerque, NM, team depends on the nature of your symptoms and the complexity of your condition. Dr. Kelly will do his best to recommend minimally invasive treatment such as an oral appliance or continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) before he recommends surgery. Here are the most common non-surgical treatments offered today:

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Oral Appliance Therapy

Mild obstructive sleep apnea can often be treated with a custom oral appliance made by our Albuquerque, NM, dentist. This device repositions the jaw and opens the upper airway. This helps increase the flow of oxygen and reduce the severity of your symptoms.

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Another common treatment for obstructive sleep apnea is continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP). Patients who choose CPAP wear a face mask attached to a tube that delivers a constant flow of oxygen, keeping the upper airway open. 

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Timothy M. Kelly, DMD, PA

Timothy M. Kelly, DMD, PA, has been in practice in Albuquerque, NM, since 1981. He provides a wide range of cosmetic, restorative, and general dental services, with a special emphasis on the treatment of TMJ disorder. Some of our most popular services include:

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