We evaluate daytime sleepiness and may be able to treat the underlying cause.
Find out how severe it is using this validated test.
How likely are you to doze off or fall asleep in the following situations, in contrast to feeling just tired? This refers to your usual way of life in recent times. Even if you haven’t done some of these things recently try to work out how they would have affected you. Answer each question best you can.
In the case of someone with an airway restriction, not only is their quality of sleep impacted, but the decrease in breathing quality during sleep leads to less oxygen available in the blood to be delivered to the body, brain, and vital organs. This oxygen reduction, known as oxygen desaturation, is measured by a sleep test and is one of the factors in determining the severity of obstructive sleep apnea.
Oxygen desaturations will also disrupt normal sleep patterns and will often lead to a lack of deep restorative sleep. Many health issues and symptoms can result from lowered blood oxygen levels and a lack of deep, restorative sleep: headaches, asthma, chronic allergies, anxiety, depression, daytime drowsiness, obesity, aggression, chronic pain and more.
Snoring and/or mouth breathing, which many people may consider “normal” are possible signs of OSA as they are often caused by a restricted upper airway. All breathing should be silent and through the nose. Not only is the silence appreciated by others, but there are many other health benefits from quiet nasal breathing.
Our team of specially trained dentists work closely with board certified sleep MDs who diagnose obstructive sleep apnea. We utilize a variety of all-natural treatment options, such as oral appliance therapy, to help remodel the upper airway and jaws resulting in better breathing, better sleep and a reduction in symptoms and health conditions caused by OSA.
Each treatment plan is tailored to the patient. Our treatments are all-natural, non-pharmaceutical and non-invasive. We work with your body’s natural growth patterns and potential to achieve the required growth of your jaws to their genetic optimum.
One of the causes of an airway restriction is underdeveloped jaws. Our specially trained dentists work with other healthcare professionals to accurately diagnose and treat the airway restriction. Our treatments help jaws grow to their optimum and in doing so, remove airway restrictions.
There is another outcome of underdeveloped jaws: crooked and crowded teeth. In children who are still growing, we can usually correct orthodontic issues with our oral appliance therapy, thus eliminating the need for braces.
Depending on the diagnoses, needs of each patient and severity of the symptoms, we will work together with other healthcare professionals including nutritionists, chiropractors, dentists, sleep physicians, ENTs and other medical doctors.
If you live in the greater Denver area, contact us via the Contact page or call us to schedule a time to attend a free patient education meeting.
If you live outside these areas, we can still provide you guidance on steps that can be taken, so again, send us a message via the Contact page or call us.
Diagnosis is completed through a detailed examination and review of symptoms by a specially trained dentist. Below is a summary of the key steps in the diagnostic process.
Medical History and Symptom Analysis – new patients complete a thorough medical history, including an assessment of symptoms and a sleep and breathing questionnaire. Together, this information provides insight into past and present health issues that may be related to sleep disordered breathing. Accurate assessment of a patient’s medical history, symptoms and their severity, is critical for understanding SDB.
3D X-ray of the Upper Airway and Jaws – using state-of-the-art, low radiation digital 3D x-rays, known as CBVT (Cone Beam Volumetric Tomography), enables our doctors to clearly see the upper airway including the nasal airway, jaw bones, and other structures from the lower neck up. We use special software to calculate the airway volume, locate airway restrictions and help determine the optimum position of the jaws. This information is used to guide the design of proprietary oral appliances that will help correct structural issues.
Head and Neck Exam – we perform a comprehensive exam of the head, neck, nasal passage, temporomandibular joint (TMJ) and mouth, including a series of digital photographs, to verify structural issues presented by the 3D x-ray.
Home Sleep Test – patients have the option to take a Home Sleep Test (HST) which is read by a board-certified sleep physician. If there is a positive diagnosis of obstructive sleep apnea, the sleep physician will write a prescription confirming the existence of OSA and the treatment recommendations.
A formal diagnosis of obstructive sleep apnea can only be done by a board-certified sleep physician. Even without a positive OSA diagnoses, patients often choose to go into treatment to help with orthodontic, SDB symptoms, TMJ dysfunction, or other structural and dental issues.
Complimentary Consultation – your complimentary consultation includes a patient orientation video as well as a meeting with the doctor to review your medical history and supporting documents. The doctor will be available to answer any questions you may have related to your symptoms or his recommended treatment plan.
Diagnostic 3D X-ray* – if the doctor recommends a 3D x-ray, it can be taken immediately or in a follow-up visit. The doctor will review the results of the x-ray with a focus on evaluating airway restrictions and abnormalities throughout the nasal and oral airway, jaws and temporomandibular joint (TMJ). *There is a small fee for the x-ray and consultation.
Home Sleep Test (HST)* – if a home sleep test is needed, the patient will be trained on how to use the HST device and will take the test in the comfort of their own bed that evening. Upon return the next day, the findings of the sleep test will be downloaded into proprietary software and reviewed by the doctor. The patient will receive a report which includes a board-certified sleep physician’s diagnosis, along with your Breathe Correct doctor’s recommendations for treatment. *There is a small fee for the HST and consultation.
We strongly believe our patients are more likely to succeed in treatment if they have an in-depth understanding of SDB and its causes. Therefore, we follow a comprehensive process to educate our patients about the possible root cause of their own health issues as well as how our treatment works.
Treatment Plan Presentation – after completion of the above steps, if the patient is a candidate for treatment, a plan will be presented including the cost of treatment and potential insurance coverage. Our insurance specialists will examine your dental and orthodontic benefits for coverage. The coverage amount will depend on the diagnosis and the patient’s insurance plan. Unfortunately, we are not able to accept Medicaid or Medicare at this time.
Starting Treatment – once treatment is accepted, the doctor will work with you to understand your treatment plan and the necessary steps to begin treatment. A digital impression will then be taken to allow us to order your oral appliances and instruction on starting myofunctional therapy will be provided. Typically, a patient will return to our office for check-ups and re-evaluations every few weeks in the beginning of treatment and every few months during the later stages.
An airway restriction can greatly affect the ability to achieve quality, deep sleep, as the restriction can cause breathing and sleep to be interrupted throughout the night. This in turn causes the body and vital organs to be deprived of oxygen and can lead to a whole host of minor to severe symptoms and health conditions. Oxygen saturation in the blood is typically 95 to 100%. In a severe case of sleep disordered breathing, it can drop below 70%, which is a dangerous condition.
One of the primary causes of airway restrictions are underdeveloped jaws, which is why we employ specially trained dentists to work with other healthcare professionals to diagnose and treat patients.
There is another outcome of underdeveloped jaws: crooked and crowded teeth. In children who are still growing, we can effectively correct these problems with our oral appliance therapy, thus eliminating the need for braces.
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