What is sleep dentistry?
Sleep dentistry focuses on helping patients with sleep-disordered breathing, such as Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA), or snoring. Sleep dentists work together with physicians to ensure that patients receive the best and safest care.
How is Dr. Joshua Davis at Metro Dental equipped to handle my sleep-disordered breathing?
Dr. Davis is an experienced dentist who has a passion for helping patients with sleep-disordered breathing. He has devoted many hours of continuing education to learning how to best help patients with this potentially life-threatening condition. Sleep-disordered breathing begins with the tissue in and around the mouth, and Dr. Davis uses his expertise to make sure that patients receive an appropriate, and comfortable appliance customized to their specific dental, sleep, and comprehensive needs.
Dr. Davis is a sleep enthusiast and a pro at hitting the snooze button, so nothing makes him happier than helping his patients get the rest and energy that they need and deserve. He is an active member of the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine. He is currently in the master's program, and as of January 2020, he will be the only diplomate of the Academy in all of Westchester County.
What is the difference between snoring and obstructive sleep apnea?
Although they may seem to be the same, obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is a more severe condition than snoring. Snoring is caused by the vibration of tissues in and around the mouth. Snoring can disrupt deep sleep and keep your sleep partner awake. Obstructive Sleep Apnea is due to airway blockage, and breathing becomes labored or stops multiple times a night altogether. This chronic condition can lead to increased risk of diabetes, weight gain, and high blood pressure. If the condition is left untreated, sleep apnea has been shown to increase the risk of stroke or heart attack. Sleep apnea has claimed the lives of many, including celebrities such as Carrie Fisher, Reggie White, and Jerry Garcia.
Sleep dentistry can help both snoring and obstructive sleep apnea. The only way to distinguish between the two is with a sleep study. At Metro Dental, we can arrange for you to have a sleep study administered at your home in the comfort of your bed.
What is oral appliance therapy? How does it differ from CPAP?
Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) was developed over 40 years ago, and to this day many patients still are bothered by the noise, the tight straps, the travel difficulty, and most of all, the dry mouth. Oral appliance therapy is the newest and most comfortable treatment available for obstructive sleep apnea. At Metro Dental, we can design a custom appliance that fits over your teeth to treat your specific apnea needs. The device works by gently moving your lower jaw forward to create space in the airway naturally. Best of all, many medical insurances will help cover the cost.
How effective is oral appliance therapy?
Oral appliance therapy is shown to be equally (or more) effective than CPAP for the majority of Obstructive Sleep Apnea patients. The first step in determining which choice of therapy is appropriate is through diagnosis with a sleep study. Dr. Davis at Metro Dental coordinates with your medical team to determine the best treatment for you.
Do I need to stay overnight at a sleep center?
In a word, no. At Metro Dental, we know the importance of quickly treating sleep disordered breathing and strive to make it as easy as possible. If Dr. Davis determines that you might have a sleep-breathing problem, he can arrange to have a sleep study administered at your home in the comfort of your bed. We work with a team of board-certified sleep physicians who will interpret the sleep study to determine the best course of therapy. You will not have to visit other doctors offices or spend a night at a sleep center.
Will insurance cover my oral appliance
In many cases, your medical insurance will help cover the cost of Oral Appliance Therapy. We also have financing options to ensure that you get treatment as quickly a possible.