Patients exhibiting signs of sleep apnea, such as loud snoring and severe daytime fatigue, can visit Metrowest Family Dentistry for an easy and efficient at-home sleep study. While patients are typically sent to sleep laboratories to have sleep patterns analyzed, our office helps you skip this step.
Our sleep apnea dentist, Dr. Alan Heap, is credentialed with a provider of sleep study appliances, ProAct Health Solutions, to file the medical insurance claim for both your home sleep test (HST) and the oral appliance recommended for treatment. The HST device, a small sensor, measures blood oxygen levels and airflow and does not affect your ability to fall asleep comfortably.
With our help, getting confirmation of your condition does not require a visit to a specialist, which many patients are hesitant to complete. When results of the study are available, Dr. Heap has certified sleep physicians review the data and confirm the diagnosis.
Sleep Apnea Treatment in Orlando
If obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is determined to be the cause of your symptoms, we take impressions for an oral appliance. Metrowest Family Dentistry uses SomnoMed, a trusted name in sleep apnea mouth guards, which come with a 23-year manufacturer warranty and are highly effective at alleviating OSA. In the event of a more complex diagnosis, our affiliated certified sleep specialists recommend a customized treatment plan with the use of CPAP or CPAP and oral appliances.
Ideal candidates for sleep apnea dental appliances are those with mild to moderate breathing problems. As the consistent use of the device is vital to treatment success, many patients prefer the benefits of these mouth guards, which include:
Comfort – While the CPAP machine pushes air through patients’ passageways, an oral appliance makes it easier for you to breathe on your own. Your oral appliance looks like an athletic mouth guard, making it much smaller than the bulky facemasks and straps of a CPAP machine.
Convenience – To enjoy a peaceful sleep, simply place the dental guard over your teeth. When you’re traveling, the OSA appliance easily fits in the accompanying retainer case. Without the added equipment involved in CPAP usage, patients can rest easy.
To ensure you get the most out of treatment, Dr. Heap welcomes you back into his office to check if you are comfortable and utilizing the appliance for best results.
Seeking treatment for sleep apnea greatly improves health, wellness, and quality of life. With an OSA sleep apnea mouth guard, you can rest soundly and wake up feeling refreshed. To learn more about diagnosis and treatment in Orlando, contact our office today!