Initial Sleep Therapy Appointment
In order for us to provide the best patient care, we work as a team in conjunction with your physician. A dentist or orthodontist, by the limits of licensure, cannot diagnose obstructive sleep apnea. For that, you need to visit a sleep physician who will provide a formal diagnosis based on a medical sleep study. Therefore, your first step in being treated for snoring or obstructive sleep apnea is to be seen by a sleep physician.
Once that has been completed, you will be scheduled for an Initial Dental Sleep Therapy Appointment with Dr. Bennion. You will be asked to visit our website to fill out a brief questionnaire. The day of your appointment, our records technician will take an X-ray of your teeth and jaw joint along with intraoral photos. After reviewing these images with you, Dr. Bennion will perform an oral examination to determine if oral appliance therapy is a viable treatment option for you. Dr. Bennion will discuss the advantages, limitations, side effects and contraindications of oral appliance therapy specific to your case.
At the completion of the oral exam, our Treatment Coordinator will meet with you to discuss fees and insurance benefits. It is important that you provide correct insurance information in order for us to give you an accurate estimate of your out-of-pocket expenses.
Should you choose to proceed with oral appliance therapy, a simple set of impressions will be taken to make your custom appliance. Once it has been fabricated, you will return for a custom fitting and instructions on the use and care of your oral appliance. From that point, we will see you approximately two more times to adjust the appliance and to determine its effectiveness. To assess the effectiveness, we will evaluate the subjective symptoms (snoring and daytime sleepiness) and perform a simple in-home sleep study. This study will be compared to your original study done by your sleep physician. This will provide valuable information for Dr. Bennion to share with your sleep physician.