What is Sleep Dentistry?
Every morning millions of Americans wake up feeling groggy and tired, even after getting a full night’s rest. These folks may also have a hard time concentrating throughout the day or even nod off at the wheel of their car. Are you one of them?
If this sounds like you, you may have a sleeping disorder known as sleep apnea. People with sleep apnea stop breathing during their sleep; sometimes, hundreds of times throughout the night. This puts a stress on your heart and lungs and can have a negative effect on your blood pressure, not to mention your day-to-day mood. Even worse, sleep apnea can increase your chances of heart attack, stroke, and dementia if left untreated. In our patient forms section there is an excellent screening form that will help you determine if you are a candidate for treatment.
The primary treatment for sleep apnea is the CPAP mask. However, over 60% of patients cannot tolerate the CPAP mask. For patients who cannot tolerate the CPAP mask, Dr. West helps patients find the right dental appliance to solve their sleep apnea concerns. Most dental office that are in this field only work with one appliance. I work with several so I can find the right fit for you.
Studies show that Oral Appliance Therapy reduces the number of Apnea events an average of 56%. In my study, as a part of being a Diplomat of the Academy of Clinical Sleep Disorders Disciplines, I reduced the number of events by 80%. Why is my success percentage so much higher? During the last 15 years I have been testing appliances to treat my own sleep apnea. This has given me a unique perspective of the pros and cons of different appliances. From this knowledge I developed a system of testing, to sort out which appliance would be best for you. Also, I include in my fee, all adjustments for 1 year. Not so with most other practices.
At your free consultation, if you have had a sleep study, I will review it in detail, to give you a better understanding of the severity of your particular case.
In addition my staff are experts in handling your Medical Insurance.