About Sleep Apnea
Sleep disordered breathing is defined as labored respiration during sleep caused by airway obstruction. For example, when an individual goes to sleep at night and lays down, the throat may become constricted, which can cause sleep apnea, snoring, and other symptoms. In order to determine the severity and complexity of the sleep disordered breathing problem, Redlands, CA dentist, Dr. Steve Tatevossian, will "map" the oral airway and nasal passages using acoustic reflection technology. Once the exact problem has been pinpointed, the patient can be treated with Oral Appliance Therapy. In most patients, this involves the use of a custom mouth guard. A night guard keeps the jaw in an optimal position to allow enough oxygen to reach the body during sleep.
Sleep Apnea Treatment Reviews
"A great practice and really appreciate the friendliness and professionalism of Dr. T and all of his staff. He also solved a sleep problem that I had by diagnosing a grinding of my teeth and the resulting pain in the neck (literally). He was the first dentist to have ever done that for me! They use the latest in all technologies."- D.W. / Yelp / Feb 04, 2014
"I have been going to Steve my dentist for 3 years now for general dentistry. He tested me for sleep apnea since I have been having difficulty sleeping for the past year after my braces. He diagnosed me for having sleep apnea and made me an appliance I wear at night and now I can sleep through the night without waking up and much refreshed . He has amazing staff as well always polite and kind . I will be going to king dental for many years to come."- A.T. / Yelp / Aug 09, 2016
What to Expect
When "mapping" your airway to analyze the exact problem, Dr. Tatevossian will use 2 tools to perform the assessment:
- Rhinometer: The rhinometer test is performed to assess the nasal passage openings. During this test, obstructions or turbinate infections can usually be diagnosed and can be ruled as a cause of sleep apnea, or not. If an obstruction does exist, patients may be referred to an ENT specialist (ear, nose and throat).
- Pharyngometer: In order to assess your optimal breathing position, a pharyngometer is used to "map" the cross-sectional diameter of the oral airway and measure its stability. This test generally establishes whether or not an oral device can be effective in helping the problem.
After establishing your optimal breathing position, Dr. Tatevossian will discuss the right oral appliance so that you can begin to sleep easier. Most oral appliances resemble an athletic mouth guard, however, they are less bulky and more comfortable. They are made with oral health in mind, and work to keep your jaw in position, while maintaining proper airflow while you sleep. Treatment is successful when patients where their night guards each night with consistency.
Proper care will help the night guard last longer, oral appliances will need to be replaced over time. Patients should wear their mouth guard every night and follow care instructions given by our staff. Patients should bring their mouth guard when they visit King House Dental for dental exams and cleanings so that Dr. Tatevossian can check the fit and wear of the appliance.
It is common for the majority of insurance companies to cover some or a portion of the cost of oral appliance therapy for the treatment of sleep apnea. Our front office billing coordinators will confirm the benefits and costs associated with this treatment.
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Sleep In Peace
We invite you to call our Redlands dental office today to learn more about sleep apnea treatment. It is important to treat your sleep apnea so you can not only resume a healthy night's sleep, but also to prevent unwanted symptoms that can, in some cases, be dangerous. Dr. Tatevossian and our King House Dental staff will discuss all of the options during your initial consultation.