Snoring/Sleep Devices

How do you diagnose a sleep disturbance issue?
Dentists are qualified to diagnose oral pharyngeal airway obstructions.  These obstructions can contribute to sleep disturbance, sleep apnea, obstructive sleep apnea, or day apnea.  However, in order to diagnose a sleep disturbance, sleep apnea or even day apnea, a person must have their doctor prescribe a sleep study be performed.  Then either the doctor in charge of the sleep study program or the person’s doctor will evaluate the results from the sleep study and determine if the patient is suffering from any form of sleep disturbance.  Once a positive diagnosis has been made, the patient may request a referral for dental / oral therapies treating sleep disturbance.

In order for us to diagnose an airway obstruction issue we need specific diagnostic records along with a detail specific health history.  The records may include but are not limited to the following:

Cephalometric x-ray:  This type of X-ray shows a side view of the head and neck, it is useful for examining the teeth in relation to the jaw and profile of the individual.
Study models/casts:  These are impressions of the upper and lower teeth, they are used to evaluate the start position of teeth and are used to create appliances.
Diagnostic Photos:  These photos help us to analyze facial imbalances, postural issues, and record the initial position of teeth.
Jaw record:  This is a wax impression of how the upper and lower teeth fit together.

What is the cost for treatment?
This will depend on the results of the diagnostic records, what treatment is recommended, and what you as the patient choose.

Will I have to wear an appliance for the rest of my life?
This will depend on the results of the diagnostic records, what is recommended and what you as the patient choose.  Remember, wearing an appliance is a small price to pay if the result is a higher quality of life.