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How Do We Treat Sleep Apnea?
After receiving a sleep study, which is directed by your physician, we can fabricate a custom dental appliance designed to treat Sleep Apnea. In our office we use the newest version of Sleep Appliance, available. The appliance holds the lower jaw forward, preventing the tongue and the soft tissue of the throat from collapsing into the airway.
The simple steps to receiving your very own Sleep appliance:
1) At your first appointment we will perform a CT Scan to evaluate your airway and determine whether or not you are a candidate for such a device. Impressions of your teeth will be taken in order to fabricate the bite recorder and your custom sleep appliance. Last you will have an evaluation with Dr. Dwight where he will be able to answer any of the questions you have and explain what treatment will in tale, what is expected of you during this time and what you can expect from us during the process.
2) Your next appointment will include determining your bite using a ball baring bite recorder (BBB's). The print of your bite in the treatment position is then placed into your mouth and another CT scan will be taken to be sure that this position will open your airway. We then send the bite and your impressions out to the lab where your appliance is made.
3) The appliance is delivered to you at this appointment about 10 days later. We will see you in two weeks after the delivery of your Sleep Appliance to assess the progress and effectiveness of your appliance, after which we are here at your request.
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