Welcome to Sleep Solutions of San Diego
Get your life back by getting a good night’s rest. Dr. Claypool is dedicated to helping you treat and solve obstructive sleep apnea and/or snoring so that you can sleep better tonight for a better tomorrow.
Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) and snoring can have profoundly negative consequences in all areas of your life. Not only do you miss out on restful sleep, but you can suffer from other physiological, psychological, and emotional side effects of this sleeping disorder. Our practice is 100% committed to treating OAS through the use of Oral Appliance Therapy (OAT). That’s all we do, in fact. If you have been diagnosed with sleep apnea or have issues with snoring, contact us today. We offer:
- Home Sleep Testing
- Oral Appliance Therapy (OAT) for Sleep Apnea and Snoring
- Coordination of OAT with Your Medical Doctor and Medical Insurance Carrier
- Treatment of Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ)
- Free Initial Consultations
What is Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA)?
Snoring and OSA
Snoring and OSA are common problems that can affect your sleep, health and have a significant impact on your quality of life. Often snoring is a symptom of OSA, caused by changes in your upper airway while you sleep. Your airway may narrow, limiting air flow as you breathe. Your soft tissue may vibrate (this is commonly known as snoring), or it may completely collapse, causing you to stop breathing. Collapsing of the soft tissue is called an Obstructive Apnea, and may last for 10 seconds or more. Your airway may even move through all three stages during the night.
Sleep Apnea Symptoms and Your Risk Factor
- Memory loss
- Heart disease
- High blood pressure
- Excessive daytime sleepiness
- Driving and work-related accidents
- Morning headaches
- Decreased sex drive
What should I do if I have one or more of these symptoms?
A consultation at Sleep Solutions of San Diego, including a thorough sleep history evaluation and basic oral exam, is often the first step in evaluating you for any sleep disorder including OSA. If it is determined that you may need a more detailed assessment, Dr. Claypool may have you complete a 1-3 day sleep study from your own home. This test records your heartbeat, respiratory effort, airflow, blood oxygen levels, and breathing during an entire night. In addition to your primary care physician, pulmonologists, neurologists, and other physicians with specialty training in sleep disorders may be involved in making a definitive diagnosis. Sleep apnea is easily diagnosed and must not be ignored.
What are my treatment options?
1. Lifestyle Changes
- Weight Loss
- Over the Counter Medication: Nasal steroids and Sleep aids
- Improved Sleep Hygiene
Weight loss should be recommended for all overweight OSA patients, and should be combined with a primary treatment for OSA (CPAP or Oral appliance) due to the low success rate of dietary programs and the low cure rate by dietary approach alone.
Ref: Adult Obstructive Sleep Apnea Task Force of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine Journal of Clinical Medicine, Vol.5, No. 3, 2009
2. Oral Appliance Therapy
A Mandibular Advancement Splint (MAS) that treats Obstructive Sleep Apnea by moving the lower jaw slightly forward. This movement tightens the soft tissue and muscles of the upper airway, which prevents obstruction while you sleep.
3. CPAP – Continuous Positive Airway Pressure
CPAP is worn at night while sleeping and is applied through a tube and mask that covers the nose. The tube and mask is attached to a pump that generates air pressure which splints the structures in the back of the throat, holding the airway open during sleep.
There are several different surgical procedures with varying degrees of success. The intention of surgery is to create a more open airway so obstructions are less likely to occur. Surgery can be quite invasive and sometimes worsen the apnea. One surgical procedure is the removal of the soft palate including the uvula and excess tissue.
WILL MY INSURANCE PAY FOR THIS TREATMENT?
Most insurance companies pay for a custom fitted oral appliance. This treatment is billed under your medical insurance as opposed to your dental insurance. You may check your policy benefits for custom-fitted oral appliance therapy. Dr. Claypool will be committed to you and your ongoing care. The important message here is your health and addressing the serious condition, Obstructive Sleep Apnea.