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There is a dentist and dental team in Gaylord who are trained to deliver special expertise, from the dental perspective, on sleeping well. We know that quality sleep ultimately means less chronic disease and improved wellness for an optimized lifestyle.

Good sleep and sleep habits are an important part of wellness and longevity.  Most adults require about 7 hours of good sleep to retain a healthy system.

Sleep apnea, is a common sleep disorder. Apnea is described as the occurrence of 10 second intervals of time where a given patient does not breathe.  During apnea, the blood is not oxygenated completely and the body struggles to get oxygen in correct amounts to all its vital organs.  When apnea is underway… blood pressure always goes up, as well as incidence of heart attack and stroke.  The lack of oxygen can also have an impact on any ongoing inflammatory disease … like diabetes.  Apnea is common among those who snore, but may occur without snoring.

Apnea is diagnosed by a sleep MD using a sleep lab or sending the patient home with a device to hook up and use at home.  Results seem to be most accurate with home devices, as people are most comfortable in their own bed. There are certainly times when the lab experience is essential to titrate oxygen levels during sleep.

The sleep physician will determine if apnea is mild, moderate, or severe.  Severe apnea is usually best treated with the CPAP unit, a mask device connected to a continuous flow of oxygen.  Mild to moderate apnea can be treated with the same, or a dental device that holds the jaw forward and opens up the airway to allow more oxygen to enter.

In any case where a given patient does not tolerate the CPAP unit, a dental device may be considered as the best alternative. The sleep MD will write a prescription to the dentist for a dental device.

Our dental team is trained to work with sleep MD’s, to read sleep studies, and to help select the type of dental device to best solve the airway and oxygen issue for a given individual.

Dental sleep apnea devices are a “medical device”, they are not covered by dental insurance, only by medical insurance and Medicare.  Our team will help patients understand how their medical insurance works in these situations.