Sleep Apnea People with Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) stop breathing while they sleep, sometimes hundreds of times throughout the night for a minute or longer. This puts significant stress on your heart, lungs and other organ systems. When Obstructive Sleep Apnea occurs, the tongue and soft palate collapse onto the back of the throat and completely block the airway which restricts the flow of oxygen. If left untreated, sleep apnea can result in a growing number of health problems, including headaches, weight gain, anxiety/depression, irritability, memory problems. Over time, this can put you at risk for more serious health concerns such as diabetes, hypertension/high blood pressure, heart attack, stroke, cardiovascular disease and even death. Most people with mild sleep apnea are aware that they snore and feel overtired or fatigued, but are unaware of potentially serious medical problems that may exist. In addition to lifestyle adjustments, such as good sleep habits, exercise and weight loss, there are three primary ways to treat OSA and snoring: a CPAP machine, a Custom Oral Appliance from Dr. Tanna, or surgery. CPAP Alternative CPAP or Continuous Positive Airway Pressure is the most common and reliable non-surgical method for treating sleep apnea. However, some patients find CPAP to be bulky and uncomfortable. For these and other reasons, patients often do not wear the device as instructed. Alternative treatment options for sleep apnea include oral appliance therapy and combination therapy. With oral appliance therapy, Dr. Tanna fits you with an FDA-approved custom oral device that slowly advances the lower jaw into a position that best keeps your airways open and improves breathing during sleep. In some cases, combining CPAP with an oral appliance is more effective. Dr. Tanna may recommend this when CPAP or oral appliance alone is ineffective or when CPAP is not tolerated well, and thus compliance is unsatisfactory. First Visit for Sleep Apnea At your first visit, Dr. Tanna will review your medical history, complete a preliminary examination and explain how Oral Appliance Therapy might help to treat your Obstructive Sleep Apnea condition. We encourage you to ask questions and we will be glad to discuss any concerns you may have. If you are a candidate for Oral Appliance Therapy for the treament of Obstructive Sleep Apnea, your insurance company will most likely require a precertification for the appliance. We will collect the required documents from you and send a request to your insurance company. This can take from one to four weeks depending on the company. Medicare does not require precertification, and in most instances, we can start the appliance treatment the same day as the consultation if all criteria are met for Medicare. Open Communication We believe that good care begins with open communication. We promise to speak candidly with you about your physician's diagnosis and recommendations and discuss any alternative treatments available. We look forward to meeting you and providing the quality, comprehensive care you expect and deserve. We will stay in communication with your referring physician and/or sleep physician. Additionally, we will let your general dentist know that we are making you an oral device and, should the need arise, ensure him or her that we will refer you back to their office for any dental needs. For the benefit of your health, we feel it is important to make sure everyone stays informed.