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 the 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’s Next, And How Can It Be Treated?
After days, months, or even years of suffering from undiagnosed Sleep Apnea, you may be in a rush to receive treatment. With sleep disorders varying so much by case, it is crucial to follow the diagnostic process to ensure treatment is right for you.
To begin this process if you have not yet been formally diagnosed, you must first schedule an appointment with your general physician based on a medical sleep study. This study will provide your physician with enough data to properly diagnose your specific sleeping disorder and recommend the best course of treatment.
Once you are referred to a sleep-disorder dentist for a consultation, they will determine if you are a candidate for oral appliance therapy. From there, he or she will explain your options which oral appliance would work best for your condition. This consultation will be followed up by your first appointment where you and your doctor will discuss your medical history, your Sleep Apnea, and the limitations and risks of oral appliances.
After a thorough examination that includes x-rays, your dentist will go over different oral appliances and their benefits to your treatment. An impression of your bite will be taken along with photos for the fabrication of your new appliance. It will then be fabricated before your next appointment to allow proper fitting and instruction. Your third appointment will be a 4-week follow-up to monitor the appliances’ effectiveness and to make any necessary adjustments.
Upon improvement of your snoring, you will return to your main physician for another sleep study to monitor the appliance’s effectiveness. A 6-month follow-up evaluation will be your last step, followed by a yearly evaluation to ensure the appliance’s continued success.
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.
Make your appointment today.