We can refer you for Home Sleep Testing
While sleep tests can be conducted in a sleep lab, a sophisticated home sleep study device is provided to you along with instructions on how to use it. The data obtained from the home sleep test device is stored on the device. Once the study is complete, the data is interpreted by a board-certified sleep physician and a proper diagnosis for OSA is made.
How Oral Appliance Therapy (OAT) Works
In solving obstructive sleep apnea and snoring issues, we focus exclusively on oral appliance therapy.
Oral appliances are similar to a retainer or athletic mouth-guard. Apnea Guard, a temporary oral appliance, allows us to custom fit your very own oral appliance so that it is comfortable for you to wear during the night as you sleep. Because it does not obstruct the tongue or lock your jaw shut, you’ll be able to open your mouth fully and close your lips completely, preventing discomfort and a dry mouth.
Oral Appliances gently pull your lower jaw forward, which opens up your airway. For many, this is enough to prevent snoring and obstructive sleep apnea, leading to better rest and better quality of life. In addition, Dr. Morgan developed the Pharyngeal Training Appliance (PTA), which offers patients a convenient way to perform targeted exercise and tone the muscles that maintain airway function.
A related item, the DNA appliance, works to enlarge the upper airway in patients whose craniofacial bones and upper airway, are underdeveloped, which produces a smaller airway vulnerable to collapse during sleep.
Oral Appliances and PAP Partner
We use the the SomnoMed brand of oral appliances, including the SomnoMed MAS, as well as the following adjustable appliances:
- PM Positioner
- Narval CC
These appliances are popular and highly effective alternatives to Constant Positive Airway Pressurization (CPAP). For those using CPAP, Dr. Morgan created the PAP Partner, which cradles the tongue and helps form a tighter seal, often allowing for a lower pressure setting, making the CPAP mask more comfortable to use.
Coordination of OAT with Your Medical Doctor and Medical Insurance Carrier
If you’ve received a diagnosis of obstructive sleep apnea or suffer from snoring, we’re here to help. Dr. Todd Morgan will examine your teeth and mouth thoroughly to determine if an oral appliance is right for you. If it is determined that it is the best option, dental impressions will be made that will be used by the laboratory to fabricate your custom-made oral appliance. After you have been using the appliance on a regular basis, we will refer you back to your physician to determine how effective the appliance is for you. Don’t forget that regular recall visits to us will help maintain or modify your oral appliance over time.
Many medical insurance policies offer to pay for some or all of OAT if you have been diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnea. We will work with your insurance company to optimize the maximum benefits allowable for you.