Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) is a medical condition that can only be diagnosed by a trained medical doctor, most often a specialist in Sleep Medicine. If you have already been diagnosed with OSA but cannot reliably use your CPAP machine, your next step is to consult with your physician for a referral to a dentist qualified to make a Dental Sleep Appliance. Please contact us if we can assist you in this process.
An At-Home Sleep Test will help determine your sleep pattern.
If you have not yet been diagnosed by a qualified physician, you may have two basic alternatives: the Overnight Sleep Study at a special facility or an At-Home Sleep Test. We can refer you to local specialists that can perform an overnight Sleep Study or arrange for you to receive an At-Home Sleep Test.
Many people are opting for the At-Home Sleep Test because it is so convenient. With advances in miniaturized electronics, a device the size of a paperback novel is attached to sensors measuring your heart rate, blood oxygen level, respiratory effort, breathing rate and air flow throughout the night. After 1-3 nights of monitoring, the device is returned to the sleep physician that interprets the results to diagnose your condition.
For less severe OSA patients that cannot tolerate the CPAP solution, the ideal solution may be a custom fitted dental appliance. Because this device repositions the lower jaw, the selection and customization of the appliance is best done by an experienced dentist specifically trained in Obstructive Sleep Apnea.