Elgin Sleep Medicine
Many of our sleep apnea patients are referred to us by their physicians and have already been diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). However, some individuals choose to come to us directly to be screened for symptoms of the condition.
Do You Have a Sleeping Disorder?
For individuals who have yet to receive a formal diagnosis, we can screen for signs of sleep apnea and refer you to your own physician for a formal evaluation and sleep study to see if you have a sleep related breathing disorder.
Some common symptoms to look for include:
Obstructive sleep apnea affects millions of people and is caused by anatomical collapse of your upper airway. Who better in the field of healthcare can understand the anatomy of the upper airway than your dentist? As an outcome-based service, we utilize critical thinking and teamwork to optimize your care, therefore we work closely with your medical team to insure the best quality health care for you.
Treating OSA with CPAP
Continuous positive airway pressure therapy (CPAP) uses a machine to force air into a patient’s nose and throat to keep their airway open during sleep. The equipment includes a face mask and a hose that attaches it to the machine that plugs into the wall and maintains constant sufficient air pressure. It’s considered the “gold standard” by the FDA. Unfortunately, there is an alarmingly high non-compliance for CPAP machines. Many patients find it difficult to tolerate the CPAP while sleeping.
A lack of treatment or no treatment is not acceptable and can lead to life-threatening conditions.
FDA Approved Oral Appliances for Sleep Apnea
A mandibular advancement device is an oral appliance that prevents the physical obstruction of your airway when you fall asleep. As your jaw is brought forward, it opens the airway and holds it in a position so that your tongue does not collapse back against your soft palate and seal off the airway. Essentially, the oral appliance does all of the “hard work” for you, lessening the resistance as you breathe. These FDA approved oral appliances are ideal for patients who are CPAP-intolerant. If your sleep physician feels that an oral appliance is the best option to treat your obstructive sleep apnea, please call our office for a consultation.
The last option for treating obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) involves invasive surgical steps that widen your airway. This procedure is rarely recommended. Surgical options are usually the last resort for treating obstructive sleep apnea.
The Risk is Real
Undiagnosed and unmanaged sleep apnea can lead to serious risks like sudden cardiac death. Our Elgin dental sleep facility has years of experience working with patients who have complex medical conditions, including cardiovascular issues. As a member of the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine and co-founder of S.C.A.R.F., Dr. Rubina Nguyen works closely with your team of physicians to provide a non-invasive approach to managing sleep disorders and to reducing the likelihood of the serious consequences (including death) that so often accompany them.
Medicare Coverage for Sleep Dentistry
Are you covered under Medicare? We are a Medicare DME Provider. Our Elgin practice can file for Medicare benefits on services related to Sleep Dentistry (such as oral sleep appliances.) Contact our service coordinator to find out more about this unique opportunity.
Think you may have sleep apnea? Are other health conditions making it difficult to enjoy the quality of life that you used to? Call Suburban Dental Medicine in Elgin to schedule a consultation today.