Dental Sleep Medicine – A Sleep Apnea Dentist located in Vancouver, WA
What is Dental Sleep Medicine?
Dental sleep medicine is what a dental practice does to treat sleep apnea using customized oral appliances that are worn by patients while they sleep.
How Can a Sleep Apnea Dentist Help?
If you suffer from sleep apnea you may wake up with headaches, be sleepy during the day, or be irritable or mentally impaired. This all affects your daily functions. While a CPAP machine can be helpful, not everyone wants to wear an uncomfortable bulky mask.
At Dental Sleep Medicine of Vancouver, we specialize in creating customized oral appliances for patients who suffer from sleep apnea. These oral appliances are worn in your mouth while you sleep, much like a night guard or retainer. They support your jaw and help open up your airway, allowing you to get a full night’s sleep. There are more than 100 FDA approved oral appliances on the market and they’ve been very successful in treating all severities of sleep apnea.
Dr. Blake Perkins
Dr. Blake Perkins is a highly reviewed Sleep Apnea Dentist in the Vancouver WA and Portland OR areas and can help you with both the testing and treatment of your Sleep Apnea disorder. Read reviews directly from our patients, or leave a review of your own. We always appreciate patient feedback!
Sleep Apnea Treatment
The majority of today’s health insurance companies pay for sleep apnea studies. This includes PPOs (Preferred Provider Organizations), HMOs (Health Maintenance Organizations), POSs (Point of Service Plans), HSAs (Health Savings Plans), HDHPs (High Deductible Health Plans), and Medicare Part B. That said, the amount that an insurance company will pay depends on a number of variables.
It is important to discuss treatment and insurance options with both your local sleep dentistry center and insurance company before making any decisions.
Oral Appliances for Sleep Apnea
Advancements in today’s dental technology have developed individualized oral appliance therapy programs for patients that do not involve the use of a cumbersome CPAP machine.
The use of dental sleep medicine devices enables patients to sleep comfortably by reducing or eliminating the amount of OSA episodes or snoring. Dental appliances do not require any machine connection, they do not restrict a person’s sleeping position, and they are durable, easy to use, easy to clean, convenient for travel, and can be used anywhere.