When a new patient thinks they may have sleep apnea and calls us, they are often curious about the steps they must take in order to get an accurate diagnosis and treatment protocol. At Babylon Dental Care, we make sleep apnea diagnosis and treatment as simple and convenient as possible for our patients.
Sleep apnea diagnosis and treatment in 5 easy steps
1. Initial consultation with Dr. Clifford Brown
During your initial consultation with Dr. Brown, a few things will happen:
- Dr. Brown will review your medical history, as well as provide you with a thorough overview of obstructive sleep apnea symptoms, and how apnea may be having a negative impact on your life.
- Dr. Brown will verify your health insurance and coverage options (most health insurance policies cover sleep apnea treatment).
- You will be given a take home sleep apnea test with detailed instructions.
2. Follow up appointment with Dr. Brown to review sleep apnea test results
After your take home test is completed, you’ll have a follow-up appointment with Dr. Brown to review your results, as well as discuss treatment options. During this discussion, you’ll be able to ask questions and discuss any concerns you have regarding sleep apnea treatment.
Most patients suffering from sleep apnea choose oral appliance therapy for a variety of reasons, but we will also discuss CPAP treatment with you, as well.
3. Oral appliance fitting appointment
Most of our patients choose oral appliance therapy, and if you are diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnea and choose this path of treatment, you’ll be fitted with an oral appliance that is custom fitted for your mouth.
A custom appliance ensures a proper fit and a more relaxing night of sleep. Dr. Brown will also go over when to wear your device and how to care for it while it is not in use.
4. Follow-up appointment to ensure proper fit
If you have any problems with your appliance, you may schedule an additional appointment to fix the issues you are having. Oftentimes, even if the appliance is fitted correctly, Dr. Brown will want to adjust your appliance periodically to ensure the best fit and, most importantly, proper correction.
5. End of treatment
At the end of your treatment protocol (the amount of time varies for each patient), you’ll be given another take home sleep apnea test to show correction and verify that your treatment was a success!
What if I’ve been treated for sleep apnea in the past by a different doctor?
We see many patients who have been treated for sleep apnea in the past (in many cases because CPAP treatment was unsuccessful since compliance is difficult). If you have completed a sleep test either at home or in a lab within the last 5 years, no additional testing is required. If the results of your previous sleep apnea test can be verified, appointments 1 and 2 above can be combined.
Also, your general physician will be notified about your treatment during each stage of the process for optimal patient care. If any follow-up visits to our office are required, there is no charge.
So, if you think sleep apnea may be affecting you, we encourage you to give our office a call today!