Dental Sleep Medicine

Better Sleep.

Better Everything.

A lack of sleep is connected to higher rates of heart attack, blood pressure, diabetes and obesity. CPAP, or forced air, remains the most common recommendation of physicians for treating sleep disorders. But for many individuals diagnosed with Sleep Apnea, Dental Sleep Medicine, which focuses on moving the lower jaw forward to naturally open the airway, is a reliable, more comfortable way to get a healthy nights sleep without the discomfort of forced air.

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Unmasking the Alternative to CPAP

Dental Sleep Medicine relies on a small mouthpiece, called a Mandibular Advancement Device (MAD), to move your lower jaw forward over time, opening up your airways to more oxygen and better sleep without having to wear a mask.

American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine Qualified Dentist

As an AADSM qualified provider, we meet strict requirements to provide comprehensive Dental Sleep Medicine solutions.

What to Expect

  • Free Screening

    If you have not been diagnosed with Sleep Apnea but are having trouble with sleeping or snoring, we'll go through a series of questions to determine what your risk level for sleep apnea is. Depending on your responses we may refer you to a Sleep Doctor/ Pulmonologist for a more thorough evaluation and definitive diagnosis.
  • Consult

    After you have been diagnosed with sleep apnea and have chosen to not use, or have been unsuccessful with, CPAP for treatment, we'll be able to move forward with the process for Dental Sleep Medicine treatment. We'll review the pros and cons, and determine your suitability for treatment, likely taking x-Rays to aid in our recommendation. If you don't have a general dentist we will first need to complete a dental exam to confirm that your teeth are healthy enough for Dental Sleep Medicine treatment.
  • Exam & Molds

    At this appointment we will perform an exam specific for construction of your sleep appliance. Additionally, we will take molds of your upper and lower teeth as well as a bite record that measures how your lower jaw moves forward that will be used in making your appliance.
  • Appliance Delivery & Fitting

    We'll confirm that your appliance fits and you are comfortable wearing it. We will make a special device used to reset your jaw joints in the morning after wearing your appliance and discuss the steps to make adjustments.
  • Follow Up Visits

    We will set a schedule of follow up visits to check-in on the ongoing adjustments to your device over the next 3 to 6 months and ensure your symptoms are being resolved.
  • Treatment is Complete!

    We will likely refer you back to your sleep doctor for another sleep study to make final adjustments to the appliance to ensure optimal treatment success and discuss ongoing care and maintenance.

All in a Good Night’s Sleep

 Waking up feeling well rested is more than just your bodies way of saying it likes sleep. Consistent, deep slumber is connected to all areas of your health including heart health, memory function and risk of depression: Good health starts with a good night’s sleep.

Pricing

Dental Sleep Medicine Consultation
Free

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Dental Sleep Medicine Treatment
$3,500

FAQs

I don’t think I have sleep apnea can I just get an oral appliance to correct my snoring?
If you snore then there is a significant chance that you have sleep apnea, so it's important that you would first need to be evaluated by a Sleep Physician to rule out any diagnosis of sleep apnea. If you are found to not have sleep apnea then we'd be happy to make an oral appliance designed to correct your snoring.
Are there side effects for treatment with oral appliance therapy?
Most side effects in Dental Sleep Medicine are mild and usually resolve with prolonged appliance wear. The most concerning long term side effect for most patients are changes in how the teeth fit together, however, research has not demonstrated that these changes are adverse to a person’s oral health.
Why is oral appliance therapy for sleep apnea covered by medical, not dental, insurance?
Oral appliance therapy is covered by medical insurance because the dentist is treating the patient for a medical condition, namely obstructive sleep apnea, and not a dental condition. The dentist does not diagnose the condition, that is performed by the sleep physician, and can only initiate treatment after receiving a prescription for the oral appliance from the treating physician.

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