4 Questions to Ask Before Getting an
Oral Appliance for Sleep Apnea or Snoring
Health care can be confusing. There are often many options out there for the same solution, so which one is best for you?
We have put this guide together so you can better navigate oral appliance therapy and make sure you are finding the right provider for you.
Make sure you ask these questions before proceeding with an oral appliance for snoring or sleep apnea.
- How many people with Obstructive Sleep Apnea or Snoring have you helped with Oral Appliance Therapy?
Treating Sleep Apnea is not covered in dental school, make sure this is a major part of what your dentist does every day. A Diplomate that is Board Certified in Dental Sleep Medicine has the best education available to help you succeed with your oral appliance.
- How many different appliances can I choose from?
Oral Appliances are not one size fits all. Make sure your dentist has experience and knowledge of a variety of oral appliances so you can make sure they are choosing the best one for you. Some dentists only provide 1 type of appliance.
- How will they test me for Sleep Apnea and how will I know the Oral Appliance is treating my Sleep Apnea, not just my snoring?
Both in-lab and home sleep studies must be prescribed by a physician according to the new regulations set out by the College of Physicians and Surgeons of BC. Home sleep studies must be dispensed by a facility that is accredited to do so. Make sure your dentist has this accreditation under the Diagnostic Accreditation Program as these studies are the only way to accurately diagnose and treat Sleep Apnea.
- Does your provider have training in TMJ issues and disorders?
It is important for the success of your treatment that your dentist has training in this field. Oral Appliances can occasionally cause issues with the TMJ, usually by aggravating something that was previously there but undiagnosed. TMJ education ensures those impacts are mitigated.
At Sleep Better Live Better we go above and beyond current recommendations for oral appliance and CPAP therapy, are accredited by the College of Physicians and SUrgeons to provide Home Sleep Studies, Provide supervised consistent follow up until maximum efficacy of the therapy is achieved and then provide long term ongoing support and followup for several years. You can have peace of mind knowing you have selected the right healthcare provider for your sleep, sleep apnea, snoring and poor sleep issues. We know finding the best care is important to you!
Call or email us today. Better yet go onto our website and book a Telehealth initial consultation with our amazing team and learn how we can start you down your simple path to Better Sleep. After all it’s in our name…..Sleep Better Live Better.
If you have questions about your sleep or the sleep of someone you know reach out to us today
604-58SLEEP (604-587-5337) or
Sleep Better Live Better
We are your
Centre for Excellence in Accredited Home Sleep Diagnostics and Non-Surgical Sleep Therapies including
Custom Oral Appliances (the Alternative to CPAP) and CPAP