Frequently Asked Questions: SLEEP APNEA
Q: Am I at risk for sleep apnea?
A: If you are overweight, smoke, drink or have a family member who has been diagnosed with sleep apnea, you may be at risk. Snorers, particularly those who are sleepy during the day, should undergo a sleep study (consult your doctor or Virginia Sleep & TMJ Therapy for a referral to a sleep physician.
Q: What medical problems can result from sleep apnea?
A: High blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, diabetes, obesity, depression, memory loss and decreased sex drive.
Q: What sets Virginia Sleep & TMJ Therapy apart from other dentists who offer Oral Appliance Therapy?
A: From start to finish, we make everything easy for you. Unlike many other providers of oral appliances, VSTT handles the insurance process for you, making sure to get the best possible in-network coverage (even for out of network providers) for your oral appliance and treatment as well as filing claims for you. Once treatment begins, we keep an eye on your progress and maintain close communication with your physician. We invite you to return for as many follow-up visits as you need to ensure your complete satisfaction and resolution to your obstructive sleep apnea.
Q: Why choose Oral Appliance Therapy over Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP)?
A: CPAP is effective, but it can be messy, noisy and irritate your skin, making it a difficult therapy with which to comply. Oral appliances are much more comfortable as well as smaller and more convenient. Virginia Sleep & TMJ Therapy will determine if you are a good candidate for Oral Appliance Therapy.