ROCHESTER DENTAL SLEEP THERAPY

at Village Smiles

Welcome to our website devoted to the issues and serious medical problems associated with SLEEP APNEA & SNORING. These medical maladies affect tens of millions of Americans. Please review the valuable information below and please contact us for further assistance. Thank you.

MEDICARE !!

We are pleased to announce that we are now officially Medicare DME Providers. This means that we participate with Medicare for the treatment of Obstructive Sleep Apnea with an Oral Appliance.

We will make sure to maximize your Medicare benefits often times resulting in little to no out of pocket expense.


What is Obstructive Sleep Apnea?

 

Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is a sleep disorder in which there is a complete obstruction of the airway when sleeping. The soft tissue in a person’s throat repeatedly collapses and blocks the air from entering the lungs.

When there is a reduction or complete pause in breathing, it usually lasts between 10 and 30 seconds but can last for even a minute or more. These episodes can occur hundreds of times a night, which can lead to significantly lower levels of oxygen in the blood. When the oxygen levels in the blood decrease, the brain perceives the body as suffocating. The body then triggers your fight-or-flight response and causes a brief arousal from sleep and normal breathing occurs. There is typically loud snoring followed by periods of silence when there is no airflow. Then gasping, choking or snorting sounds occur as breathing resumes.

Obstructive sleep apnea can only be diagnosed by a physician. Diagnoses are made by sleep physicians who use a test called Polysomnography (PSG). This can be performed in a sleep lab, hospital or even at home in the comfort of your own bed (HST). A dentist is not permitted to make a diagnosis of sleep apnea.

This fragmented sleep pattern is what leads to excessive daytime sleepiness as well as many other serious health risks (see Symptoms tab). Health experts estimate that up to 90% of people suffering with sleep-disordered breathing are undiagnosed!

Dentists are not permitted to diagnose sleep apnea. A diagnosis should be made by a medical sleep physician at an accredited sleep center. Dr Paul and Dr Matt Schwedfeger work closely with your sleep physician to find the best solution for your sleep disordered breathing!

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