Dr. Taba trained at UCLA for dental treatment of snoring and sleep apnea. With dental sleep apnea therapy, we will help you keep your airways open as you sleep. As a result, you’ll be able to breathe properly while you’re asleep. Our treatment for sleep apnea therapy will also help you treat your snoring, so both you and your partner can finally rest at night.
Do you struggle with interrupted sleep or snoring? Find out how Dr. Taba can help you. Call us today to schedule a consultation. We will talk to you about your situation and offer a personalized plan to help you. We offer sleep apnea therapy to families from Seattle, Kenmore, Mill Creek, Bothell, Woodinville, Juanita, Lake Forest Park, Shoreline, Mountlake Terrace, and beyond.
Are you a candidate for dental sleep apnea treatment?
Currently Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) therapy remains the standard of care for patients with sleep apnea. Oral appliance therapy is an excellent alternative for patients that are dissatisfied with their current CPAP. Many turn to a dental solution for a less invasive and more comfortable treatment. Although oral appliances may be an excellent choice for some patients, below are a few facts you should know before considering oral appliance therapy.
When is oral appliance therapy indicated?
Oral appliances are indicated for snoring and ONLY for mild to moderate sleep apnea, caused by a repetitive obstruction to the airway. Airway obstruction occurs because of an anatomical limitation such as a large or floppy tongue, excess tissue in the throat, obesity, nasal obstruction, or an enlarged uvula or tonsils. Sleep apnea severity is defined among other variables by the number of breathing pauses per hour of sleep, which may lead to low blood oxygen levels and may or may not involve snoring. Sleep apnea treatment options should be carefully weighed as this disorder can lead to serious and sometimes debilitating consequences, including among others, high blood pressure, stroke, congestive heart failure or diabetes.
Prior to electing any form of treatment, patients should undergo an initial evaluation with a board certified sleep specialist practicing in an accredited sleep disorders center. A home study may be recommended which will determine not only the severity of the problem, but also provide a baseline to measure any future treatment effectiveness. Oral appliances are usually covered by medical insurance, rather than dental insurance.