Home Sleep Testing
While sleep tests can be conducted in a sleep lab, a sophisticated home sleep study device is provided to you along with instructions on how to use it. The data obtained from the home sleep test device is stored on the device. Once the study is complete, the data is interpreted by a board-certified sleep physician and a proper diagnosis for OSA is made.
Oral Appliance Therapy (OAT)
In solving obstructive sleep apnea and snoring issues, we focus exclusively on OAT. The SomnoMed brand of oral appliances, the Adjustable Herbst, and the Narvall CC are popular and highly effective alternatives to Constant Positive Airway Pressurization (CPAP).
Oral Appliances are similar to a retainer or athletic mouth-guard. We will custom fit your very own oral appliance so that it is comfortable for you to wear during the night as you sleep. Because it does not obstruct the tongue or lock your jaw shut, you’ll be able to open your mouth fully and close your lips completely, preventing discomfort and a dry mouth.
Oral Appliances gently pull your lower jaw forward, which opens up your airway. For many, this is enough to prevent snoring and obstructive sleep apnea, leading to better rest and better quality of life.
Coordination of OAT with your medical doctor and medical insurance carrier
If you’ve received a diagnosis of obstructive sleep apnea or suffer from snoring, we’re here to help. Dr. Claypool will examine your teeth and mouth thoroughly to determine if an oral appliance is right for you. If it is determined that it is the best option, dental impressions will be made that will be used by the laboratory to fabricate your custom-made oral appliance. After you have been using the appliance on a regular basis, we will refer you back to your physician to determine how effective the appliance is for you. Don’t forget that regular recall visits to us will help maintain or modify your oral appliance over time.
Many medical insurance policies offer to pay for some or all of OAT if you have been diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnea. We will work with your insurance company to optimize the maximum benefits allowable for you.
This model is costructed from the highest quality acrylic. It is designed to offer comfort and quality. The Somnodent Classic is retained by the addition of ball clasps. The appliance will last for a period of 3-5 years.
This is the most popular model to date for both dentists and their patients This model is made from SMH BFlex material and acrylic that provides the utmost comfort and retention. The SMH BFlex material allows for a fit that is exceptional and unlike anything seen before. This model does not discolor or hold onto odors and is appropriate for individuals where crown or bridgework is present. The life expectancy of this appliance is 3-5 years.