How well do you sleep?
Just about everyone snores at sometime. Snoring can affect the quantity and quality of your sleep. Poor sleep leads to daytime fatigue, irritability, poor behavior, trouble with relationships, and an increase in health problems.
Your snoring may be loud enough to affect your bed partner’s sleep. It has been recorded that snoring reaches the same level of noise as being inside a jet airplane while the engines are running full. Your spouse may be suffering from your sleep disorder. You may already be sleeping in separate rooms.
If you regularly snore you may be suffering from a health condition called sleep apnea. Although it is widespread this health condition is often overlooked.
What is sleep apnea?
When you sleep the muscles that control your airway relax. If they relax too much or are too saggy or large the airway becomes narrow and snoring starts. When the airway becomes completely blocked you stop breathing, and experience obstructive sleep apnea. This can last 10 seconds to over a minute and can happen hundreds of times a night.
Often people will roll around in the bed, and they may grind their teeth, or burp up stomach acid. Many times they sound like a tea kettle or whistle going off.
That usually comes after a snore, then there is silence and a snort or gasp and breathing resumes.
Use this self-test to determine if you are getting enough sleep.
0=would never doze, 1=slight chance of dozing, 3= high chance of dozing
Chance of dozing sitting and reading
Sitting in a public place
As a passenger in a car for one hour without a break
Lying down to rest in the afternoon
Sitting and talking to someone
Sitting quietly after lunch (without alcohol)
In a car. Stopped for a few minutes in traffic.
Total Score _______ If your score is 10 or greater, we should discuss your situation. You have a sleep disorder
Appliance Health Insurance/Medicare coverage
We only use FDA 510(K) and Medicare approved oral appliances made in the USA. Pictured above is the Telescoping Sleep Herbst Appliance that we use. Dr. McCullough is an approved Medicare provider. Most all health insurances and Medicare will approve/cover the oral appliance with a diagnosis of sleep apnea
Although sleepiness and fatigue are often common symptoms of sleep apnea, recent research has linked many other health problems and consequences to sleep apnea:
High Blood Pressure
Devastating Fatigue-Related Motor Vehicle
Accidents (a seven to twelvefold increase)
Decreased Sex Drive
Increased Risk of Stroke
What to Expect at Your Sleep Apnea Treatment Appointments
1st appointment: At the first appointment information about your health and about your insurances will be gathered. A thorough medical and dental exam will be done. You will have a few XRAYs taken and an acoustic reflection test done of your nasal and oral airways. If it is determined you probably suffer from sleep apnea you will be scheduled for a sleep test.
2nd appointment: The second appointment will be reviewing your sleep test and the Dr.’s orders a treatment. With a prescription for treatment we will take a measurement of the proper bite and molds of your teeth and schedule you for an appliance delivery date.
3rd appointment: At the third appointment we will give you your oral appliance. At this visit you are taught how to use it, clean it, and it is fitted to you.
All other appointments are made to follow-up and see that everything is working and the snoring/sleep apnea stops.
When the snoring/sleep apnea symptoms stop, a home sleep test will be administrated to ensure you are better.
Call us today for a free consult to discuss your treatment