Frequently Asked Questions
What are the advantages of Somnodent over CPAP?
CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure) has, until now, been the most popular way to treat obstructive sleep apnea. Unfortunately, many patients find the device uncomfortable, loud, and cumbersome, which increases the risk they will stop using it. On the other hand, SomnoDent is quiet, requires no external power source, and allows you to sleep more naturally without a mask over your face. The size makes it very portable.
While you’re wearing the SomnoDent, you’ll be able to drink, yawn, speak, and close your mouth completely. It’s easily adjustable and treatment with the appliance is reversible and non-invasive. Not only will you sleep more comfortably, your sleeping partner will not be awakened by equipment noise.
How does the oral appliance work? How does it prevent obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) and snoring?
An oral appliance works in several ways:
- It repositions and stabilizes the lower jaw and tongue while also repositioning the soft palate and uvula.
- It also increases the muscle tone of the tongue.
- In this way, the soft tissues and tongue are prevented from collapsing, which keeps the airway open and unobstructed and also halts snoring.
Through the above actions, the tissues and tongue are prevented from collapsing in keeping the airway open and unobstructed. Since air flows freely into the lungs, the forced flow of air and vibrations of the tissue (known as snoring) do not occur.
Can I expect success with OAT (Oral Appliance Therapy)?
While each individual is different, OAT has been proven to be extremely effective at solving obstructive sleep apnea and snoring. Where many patients are frustrated with CPAP and discontinue its use (therefore limiting its effectiveness), SomnoDent users are much more happy to use their oral appliance on a regular basis. During clinical research, 90% of SomnoDent users reported an improvement in sleep quality.*
What are your office hours?
We are open Mondays and Wednesdays 9am – 5pm, and Thursdays 9am – 2pm.
What are your payment options?
We are happy to accept payment by cash, check, traveler’s check, and major credit cards (American Express, MasterCard, Discover, and Visa). We also accept CareCredit financing. We offer the guaranteed lowest price in all of Southern California for patients who choose to pay cash for a Somnodent appliance.
Do you offer a free initial consultation?
Yes, we do. Please contact us today to set up your appointment.
Is Dr. Claypool a member of any associations?
Dr. Claypool is a member of the American Dental Association, California Dental Association, San Diego Dental Society, and American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine. Dr. Claypool is dedicated to helping you treat and solve obstructive sleep apnea and/or snoring so that you can sleep better tonight for a better tomorrow.