Getting a better night sleep.
Do You Suffer from Snoring/Sleep Apnea?
Snoring may seem like a minor annoyance, but it can progress to more complex problems and often goes hand in hand with obstructive sleep apnea. From poor sleep of one’s partner to your increased risk of heart attack, stroke, or diabetes, sleep apnea is a serious condition that can result in long term effects. This occurs because of a significant reduction in oxygen flow to your general systems. A CPAP machine can help in the treatment of Obstructive Sleep Apnea and regain oxygen flow, however, many people are not able to tolerate the use of this machine. The use of one of our custom-fit oral appliances may be a good alternative to CPAP and can also help those who have problems with snoring.
Our team is committed to helping you improve your health and quality of life. We provide dental sleep medicine to treat sleep apnea and other sleep breathing disorders so that you can get the rest you need and enjoy better overall health. We use several different oral appliances, choosing the one that is best for you. The choice of oral appliance is made after a thorough medical history, oral examination and years of past experience.
What to Expect During Treatments
The first step in being treated for snoring or obstructive sleep apnea is to obtain an evaluation by a physician who will provide a formal diagnosis based on a medical sleep study. After that, an evaluation will determine whether you are a good candidate for oral appliance therapy and which oral appliance will be most effective for you. Your first dental appointment will go over your sleep apnea condition, review of your medical status and a detailed focus on the advantages, limitations and risks of oral appliance therapy. A thorough examination of your teeth, jaw joint and bite will be performed. Impressions will be taken of your teeth for fabrication of the appliance and a photograph will be taken of your bite. Your second appointment will involve custom fitting the oral appliance and learning how to use and care for it.
After a few weeks, you would come in for a follow-up visit to monitor the effects of the appliance and to make any necessary adjustments to ensure comfort and effectiveness. Ultimately, when the snoring and daytime sleepiness has been improved, you will be referred back to your physician for a follow-up sleep study to ensure the effectiveness of the appliance. From there they will inform you if you need to be evaluated again in six months and then annually to ensure adequate long-term success and to monitor any possible side effects.
If you feel any of these may be an issue for you, please call Dr. Whitely for a no-cost consultation to review if you may be a candidate for such treatment. Oftentimes, we are able to bill this sort of treatment to your medical insurance, including Medicare.
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