Many people experience a reduced quality of life due to OSA and snoring that can have problematic effects on sleep and health. Changes in your airway during sleep characterized as OSA commonly produce snoring as a symptom. When your airway becomes more slender than usual your airflow is diminished when you breathe. The soft tissue in your airway can vibrate (this is when snoring occurs), or it may collapse entirely in which case you’ll temporarily stop breathing. An Obstructive Apnea is defined as when your soft tissue collapses, and it can last for more than ten seconds. Throughout the night your airway can go from open, to narrowed, to collapsed periodically. We will get you on a path to sleeping well which will improve your quality of life.
From your initial consultation to your last follow-up appointment, SleepAlliance will be with you every step of the way, ensuring you have the best possible outcome to treat your sleep apnea and snoring. We are your source for treatment from analysis to therapy. SleepAlliance will guide you with an easy process and having you sleeping again for your overall health and well being.
We Can Refer You for Home Sleep Testing
For most patients, our easy to use home sleep test equipment with straightforward instructions is an ample and acceptable way to diagnose their potential OSA. The home sleep test device records your sleep data, which is then given to a board-certified sleep doctor for interpretation and appropriate diagnosis. There are certain instances where an overnight in-lab study is appropriate.
How Oral Appliance Therapy (OAT) Works
We entirely center all of our efforts in utilizing Oral Appliance Therapy to treat snoring and sleep apnea.
Like an athletic mouthpiece or retainer, oral appliances and devices are often non-invasive to wear. First, Dr. Morgan uses his patented temporary oral device, Apnea Guard, that lets us find the exact fit that’s comfortable for you to sleep through the night. With the Apnea Guard in you can totally close your lips and completely open your mouth, and it doesn’t lock your jaw or interfere with your tongue. Dry mouth and irritation is avoided due to this innovative design.
By softly bringing your lower jaw, oral appliances and devices open your airway. Many patients find that this slight shift in jaw position is able to stop both their obstructive sleep apnea and snoring, which translates into a happier and more productive life due to better sleep. Patients may also choose to continually tone their muscles that help keep their airway open through exercise using the Pharyngeal Training Appliance created by Dr. Morgan.
Another related device named the DNA appliance can enlarge a patient’s upper airway. This may be an advantageous treatment for those who have a smaller airway that is susceptible to collapse when sleeping due to underdeveloped craniofacial bones.
Oral Appliances and PAP Partner
We use several different types of adjustable oral appliances including:
- PM Positioner
- Narval CC
These appliances are popular and highly effective alternatives to Constant Positive Airway Pressurization (CPAP). For those using CPAP, Dr. Morgan created the PAP Partner, which cradles the tongue and helps form a tighter seal, often allowing for a lower pressure setting, making the CPAP mask more comfortable to use.
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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. Todd Morgan 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.
We are happy to accept payment by cash, check, traveler’s check, and major credit cards (American Express, MasterCard, Discover, and Visa).