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.
What to Expect
When "mapping" your airway to analyze the exact problem, Dr. Tatevossian will use 2 tools to perform the assessment:
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).
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.
Sleep Apnea Treatment FAQS
About Sleep Apnea Treatment
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.