Want a good night's sleep and just can’t get it?
Want to sleep in the same room with your spouse or loved one but can’t?
Do you snore and keep you and others around you awake?
Do you wake up feeling more tired than when you went to bed?
Do you have Health Concerns that worry you?
Do you sleep less than 7 hours a night? Are you going into (Rapid Eye Movement) REM sleep?
Are you constantly blaming your sleep partner for lack of sleep?
Don’t worry we might just have the answers for you! You are not alone!
Among some sleep disturbances, Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) might just be what’s causing sleep disturbances, but you don’t have to suffer from its effects! With advancing studies in Dental Sleep Medicine we have the technology and tools to help you get a better night's sleep.
Call today to schedule a FREE, no obligation Airway Screening
With just a quick 10-15 minute screening and with the help of a Pharygometer and a Ryhometer we can assess the volume of your airway and understand its collapsibility. We can quickly give you the results in seconds. If obstructions are observed, don't worry, that's one step closer to better health and getting you that good night's sleep.
Home Sleep Study
After a sleep screening we may recommend a Home Sleep Study. We will provide the sleep test equipment in our office for you to take home and sleep in your own comfortable bed with little disturbance to your sleep. Once we get the Sleep Test back we will upload your results to be read by a certified sleep physician. These results will then tell us how you sleep at night, how loud or if you snore, what position you sleep in, how many times you wake up, what your heart rate was, and what your body activity is. Once the home sleep test is read by a certified sleep physician a diagnosis can be made and recommendations given.
How OSA is Treated
OSA can be treated in different ways depending on severity and your tolerance to prescribed treatments. Two common ways are with continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) with its variations, and an anterior repositioning device. We have qualified sleep medicine physicians we can refer you to if a CPAP is appropriate for your care. If an oral appliance is applicable we are able to help with the fabrication and maintenance of these appliances.
Oral Appliance Therapy
What is Oral Appliance Therapy?
Oral appliance therapy involves the selection, fitting and use of a specially designed oral appliance that maintains an open, unobstructed airway in the throat when worn during sleep. Dr. Brimhall is among the first line of defense in treating patients who suffer with snoring or sleep apnea. After extensive dental continuing education, Dr. Brimhall has been trained with the complete sleep protocol and is familiar with the various designs of appliances.
Custom-made oral appliances are proven to be effective, and provide a higher rate of patient compliance than the CPAP. If your one who has a CPAP and has an intolerance to it we can help with that too.
After a home sleep study a recommendation may be made for an oral appliance to help reposition your jaw while you sleep. According to the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine, oral appliances are a front-line treatment for snoring and obstructive sleep apnea. These small plastic devices fit in the mouth during sleep like an orthodontic retainer.
Oral appliances help prevent the collapse of the tongue and soft tissues in the back of the throat, keeping the airway open during sleep and promoting adequate air intake. Oral appliances may be used alone or in combination with other treatments for sleep-related breathing disorders, such as weight management, surgery or CPAP.
Another avenue for corrections of restricted airways is the use of orthodontics. We have a qualified and caring orthodontist that we can refer to if this is the option for you. Dr. Brimhall and Team are here to help better your life by bettering your sleep. Don't wait, better sleep may be just around the corner! Many health concerns, and sleep concerns can be corrected with the help of oral appliances or orthodontics. We will work side by side with your pulmonologist, cardiologist, orthodontist, and oral surgeon, whatever it takes to get you back in bed and sleeping!