Tired of oppressive sleep apnea treatments and loud snoring?
Dr. Kearney is a member of the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine (AADSM.org) and provides Sleep Apnea Therapy in his Colorado Springs office.
Sleep apnea is a breathing disorder (sleep disorder) characterized by brief interruptions of breathing during sleep. There are two types of sleep apnea: central and obstructive.
Central sleep apnea occurs when the brain fails to send the appropriate signals to the breathing muscles to initiate respirations.
Obstructive sleep apnea occurs when air cannot flow into or out of the person’s nose or mouth although efforts to breathe continue.
Obstructive sleep apnea is much more common than central sleep apnea. In obstructive sleep apnea, the throat collapses during sleep causing the individual to snort and gasp for breath. Hundreds of these episodes can occur every night causing daytime sleepiness. There may also be a risk of high blood pressure, stroke and heart problems.
At Austin Bluffs Dental, we can treat mild to moderate sleep apnea, and in some cases severe sleep apnea, depending on the case. We see a success rate of about 70%, helping our patients to stop snoring and improve their health. After an initial evaluation in our office, a home sleep test is ordered through Sleep Services Medical Group or through your primary care doctor. After your home sleep test, your results are interpreted by a licensed medical doctor specializing in sleep disorders. Depending on your diagnoses, a custom made oral appliance can be constructed to help open your airway when you sleep. If your diagnosis is that you have severe obstructive sleep apnea, we will direct you to consult with your primary care doctor to initiate CPAP or BIPAP therapy to help you sleep. If you have tried and cannot tolerate CPAP/BIPAP therapy, we can construct a custom-made oral sleep appliance, which will be better than no treatment at all. Our goal is to help you improve the quality of your life by helping you while you sleep and while you are awake.
All billing for these services will be through your medical insurance, and a pre-authorization of benefits will be done, with your permission, to see if an oral sleep appliance is a covered benefit under your particular medical plan. This will happen before the construction of any such appliance is begun, after we have received the results of your home sleep test. If your medical insurance provides coverage for an oral sleep appliance, you will direct us to proceed with its construction. Please call our office today for more details!
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