SLEEP APNEA TREATMENT PROCESS
At California Dental Sleep Solutions, we specialize in treating sleep apnea, a disorder characterized by repeated interruptions in breathing during sleep. Our treatment process is designed to help patients receive a proper diagnosis and treatment for their condition. The process begins with an initial screening, which includes a questionnaire, to assess the patient's symptoms and risk factors for sleep apnea. If the patient is determined to be at risk, we will then refer them to a physician for a formal diagnosis. Once the diagnosis is made, our team will work with the physician to determine the best treatment option for the patient, which may include CPAP therapy or an Oral Appliance. The entire process can be completed either in-person or remotely via Telemedicine, depending on the patient's preference and location.
SCREENING FOR OBSTRUCTIVE SLEEP APNEA
At California Dental Sleep Solutions, we understand the importance of early detection of sleep apnea. That's why we offer a screening process for new patients to assess their risk of having the disorder. The screening process includes a questionnaire that will be conducted by Dr. Martinez, who will ask about the patient's symptoms and risk factors for sleep apnea. If the patient is already a dental patient, they can also request a free screening during their next regular dental appointment. The screening process is an essential step in identifying patients who may have sleep apnea and require further evaluation.
REFERRAL TO PHYSICIAN DIAGNOSIS AND TREATMENT
After the screening process, patients who are at risk of having sleep apnea will be referred to a qualified medical physician for a formal diagnosis. The physician will conduct a comprehensive evaluation, which may include a physical examination, medical history, and a polysomnography (sleep study) to confirm the diagnosis. Once the diagnosis is made, the physician will work with our team to determine the best treatment option for the patient, which may include CPAP therapy or an Oral Appliance. We will work with the patient's existing physician if they have one, or connect them with a physician (telemedicine or in-person) for their diagnosis and treatment options.
If the physician determines that the patient is a candidate for an Oral Sleep Appliance, the next step is to take dental impressions of the patient's bite. This is a crucial step in the process as it allows us to create a custom-fit appliance that will be comfortable for the patient to wear and effectively treat their sleep apnea. Dr. Martinez will take a digital scan of the patient's bite in our office or arrange for an impression kit to be mailed to their home. Once the impressions are received, we will use them to create a custom-fit appliance that is tailored to the patient's specific needs.
ASSESSING AIRWAY USING CBCT
At California Dental Sleep Solutions, we use state-of-the-art technology to accurately assess the patient's airway and determine if it is a contributing factor to their sleep apnea. One of the tools we use is a Cone Beam Computed Tomography (CBCT) scan. This type of scan uses a small amount of radiation to create detailed, three-dimensional images of the patient's airway, jaw, and teeth. The images can be used to measure the size and shape of the airway, identify any structural abnormalities, and determine if there is any crowding or shifting of the teeth that may be contributing to the patient's sleep apnea. The results of the CBCT scan will be used to help determine the most effective treatment plan for the patient, whether it be an Oral Appliance or other option. The use of CBCT scan is a non-invasive and efficient way to assess the patient's airway and provide accurate diagnosis and treatment.
DELIVERY AND TRAINING
After the custom-fit appliance has been created, we will deliver it to the patient. If the patient is able to visit our office, we will provide in-person delivery and training on the use and care of the appliance. If the patient is unable to visit our office, we will mail the appliance to their home and provide instructions on how to properly use and care for it. We will also schedule follow-up appointments to ensure that the appliance is working effectively and to make any necessary adjustments. Our goal is to ensure that the patient is comfortable and satisfied with their treatment and that their sleep apnea is effectively managed.