Getting to Know You
Sleep apnea is a common sleep disorder that affects more than 18 million Americans. Patients are affected differently by sleep apnea, but it’s a serious medical issue that can lead to significant medical consequences such as strokes and heart attacks when left untreated.
When you come into our office for your consultation, Dr. Reece will e ask you some questions about your sleeping patterns, snoring, and whether you’re feeling tired, listless, or irritated during the day.
GETTING THE RIGHT DIAGNOSIS AND TREATMENTS
Dr. Reece will examine your airway, the part of your body where sleep apnea occurs. If he has reason to suspect that you’re suffering from sleep apnea, he’ll arrange for you to get an official diagnosis from a qualified sleep physician. Once you’ve been diagnosed with sleep apnea, Dr. Reece will find the right treatment to fit your lifestyle.
This would be a good time to tell him about any treatments you may have already tried. Many of our patients have attempted to use CPAP, but they haven’t found relief. That’s why we feature convenient and effective dental appliances.
CPAP machines are very effective for treating sleep apnea, but many patients find it to be loud, intrusive, and difficult to use. Dr. Reece will explain why a treatment option such as an oral appliance may be more appropriate for you.
Choosing a treatment plan is a big decision, and Dr. Reece will provide you with all the details you need. At this time, someone from our office will be happy to go over the cost of your treatment and review your financing options with you.
Questions to Ask During the Consultation
Your initial consultation is the perfect time to ask all the questions you have about sleep apnea. It’s important for you and your dentist to be on the same page about your condition in order for you to get the treatment you need. Talking to your dentist about sleep apnea might feel a little overwhelming at first, so here’s a list of commonly asked questions:
- What causes sleep apnea?
- Why are oral appliances preferred over CPAP?
- How do I know for sure if I have sleep apnea?
- Will I stop snoring after using an oral appliance?
- Will my insurance cover my treatment?
Scheduling an Appointment
Relief for your sleep apnea relief is on the way. Dr. Reece is an experienced sleep dentist — he’ll help you get a good night’s sleep every night.
Contact us today to schedule your consultation with Dr. Reece. We’re here to help.