Dental Sleep Medicine
Dental sleep medicine is an area of dental practice that focuses on the use of oral appliance therapy to treat sleep-disordered breathing, including snoring and obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). Doctor Stringfellow works with sleep physicians to identify the best treatment for each patient. Doctor Stringfellow also works directly with Sleeptest.com and can order an affordable at home sleep test for high risk patients; directly from our office. We also take care of medical insurance filing for these procedures.
Obstructive Sleep Apnea Treatment
The most common treatment for sleep apnea is continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) therapy. The CPAP machine keeps your airway open by providing forced air through flexible tubing. CPAP therapy requires you to wear a mask as you sleep. Although CPAP therapy is effective, some people are unable to adhere to it. A dental sleep apnea appliance is a great alternative for you if you are unable to tolerate CPAP therapy or prefer an alternate treatment. Many people like an oral appliance because it is comfortable, quiet, portable and easy to wear. In some severe cases of sleep apnea, upper airway surgery may be another treatment option.
Dentists and Oral Appliance Therapy
Dentists pioneered the use of oral appliance therapy for the treatment of obstructive sleep apnea and snoring in adults. An oral appliance is a device worn in the mouth only during sleep. It fits like a sports mouth guard or orthodontic retainer. A custom-fit oral sleep appliance is an effective treatment that prevents the airway from collapsing by supporting the jaw in a forward position. Most medical insurance companies provide benefits for an OSA Dental Device and we will file the claim for you.
Call us today at (479) 254-9494 to schedule your dental sleep medicine consultation!