Because we are site accredited here, what we do is that if a patient comes in and says, "I think I might have Apnea", or because I've been doing this for so many years, we get a lot of people referred to us from their uncles, aunts, whatever. The first thing we do, if they don't have a sleep study, is we can do an unattended home sleep study. Its about the size of a cellphone. They wear it one night, bring it back the next day. Then we can- As a dentist, we are not legally allowed to diagnose Obstructive Sleep Apnea.
That has to be done by a physician, but we can tell, because often times a patient will say, "Well, I'm not gonna go to a physician. I'm not gonna go do one of those overnight sleep studies." Once they've seen us, and we've done our exam on them, and have educated them about Obstructive Sleep Apnea, then they go home and they do the sleep study. The next day we give them their results, and tell them, "Wow you had 30 events per hour." This is shocking to them, because 30 times an hour, they quit breathing.
Now, within a week they're usually in having a sleep study. It's something that we aren't the gateway, but we may open the gate to allow people to see what's going on, and to get them headed in the right direction. They would go see their physician, and then they would come back to us. Since we are SITE accredited, both Dr G and I are both boarded in Dental Sleep Medicine. We cannot make an appliance for anyone that hasn't been referred by a physician and had a sleep study. That's just part of our practice here, and it's better for the patients. It's better for everyone.
S&G Family Dentistry can provide you with solutions to be free from sleep apnea and get a better night’s rest. Our Leawood dentist office is accredited by the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine (AADSM) – one of only 25 dentist offices in Kansas with this specialty.
Dr. Schopper and her team will discuss with you the many benefits of sleep apnea treatment. Our treatment can:
- Eliminate snoring to help you and your bed partner sleep better.
- Help you feel better and more rested during the day to improve concentration.
- Improve your overall health and vitality.
- Potentially eliminate the need for CPAP therapy.
Call our Leawood office today at 913-945-1612. Our trained staff will set up a no-obligation consultation to discuss CPAP alternatives with you.
Sleep Apnea Treatment Options to Help You Stop Snoring and Feel BetterRead Transcript
I think the biggest thing, if you imagine or you think you may have it you most likely do. If you just listen to yourself and just that little voice back there saying, you know I wonder if I have obstructive sleep apnea. Get it checked out because nowadays it is so easy to take care of it. There's so many options. It doesn't have to be the CPAP. It doesn't have to be the full overnight study. It can be as small as an oral appliance and as small as a home sleep test. I think that's the most important thing. It's your health. If you were to just sit there and hold your breath for 10 seconds, well that's what some of these people do every single night. It has a direct affect on your health, your brain, your relationships. It affects so many aspects of the body.
S&G Family Dentistry offers custom-made oral appliances to stop snoring and improve your quality of sleep. If you’re unable to use a CPAP mask, or just want an alternative to CPAP treatment, we can help. Our custom appliances will:
- Fit comfortably in your mouth without the need for a bulky mask or nasal pillows.
- Open your airway to eliminate obstructions that cause sleep disturbances.
- Help you sleep better so you feel more rested upon waking.
Get the Facts on Sleep Apnea
Do you experience snoring, fatigue, or headaches? These are all symptoms of obstructive sleep apnea. While these symptoms may have other causes, they are common signs you’re suffering from sleep apnea.
Sleep apnea can affect more than just how you feel in the morning. Research indicates that it may also contribute to high blood pressure, diabetes, strokes, and heart attacks.
S&G Family Dentistry is ready to help you eliminate the negative effects of sleep apnea on you and your loved ones. Our sleep apnea treatment is comfortable and worry-free. It can help you get a better night’s sleep, feel better, and improve your overall health. Plus, your bed partner will sleep better when you quit snoring!
Quit feeling lethargic and irritable during the day. Give our Leawood, KS office a call today at 913-945-1612, and get started sleeping better and improving your overall health! You can also use our convenient online form.