Dental Sleep Solutions
We offer Dental Sleep Solutions, which can help treat sleep related breathing disorders.
Do you snore? If so, you might be a good candidate for one of these devices.
We can custom-make your specialty appliance right in our office, which meant that Dr. Selmeczy had to go through special training and certification to learn how to treat sleep conditions. Why would he do that? Because he cares about more than just your dental health. He cares about each of his patients individually.
Snoring and sleep related breathing disorders can cause you to be extra tired even after a full night’s sleep, can affect your ability to think clearly, can put you at higher risk for heart attack, stroke, diabetes, and many other serious conditions.
To see if you are a candidate for this assessment, please fill out the form found at this website.
Frequently Asked Questions:Is a dental device comfortable?
Most people easily adapt to wearing a dental sleep device at night. After wearing the device for a short period of time it will become part of your routine, and most people will hate to go to sleep without it after they realize how much better they feel in the morning.
Compliance rates for dental sleep therapy are much higher than for other forms of non-surgical treatment of sleep related disorders. In other words, patients are much more likely to use a dental device successfully than any other form of treatment. Most scientific studies show that up to 95% of individuals will comfortably wear their devices nightly.
Once patients experience better sleep and improved health associated with use of a dental device, it is rare for someone to stop using it. Several Dental Sleep Solutions® dentists wear dental devices every night, and they know firsthand the benefits of dental device use.
How long do dental sleep devices last?
Longevity of dental sleep devices is highly dependent on the person using the device, and depends on the specific device made, forces placed on the device, and your care of the device. If the device is well-maintained, it should easily last for two to five years before needing to be replaced. Most medical insurance providers will pay for construction of a new dental sleep device every two years and their longevity can be from one to many years in length.
Each type of device has its own warranty, and typically any problems with the device during the first year are covered by the cost of your initial treatment fee. If after the first year a dental sleep device needs repair or to be reconstructed, the replacement fee is less than the initial cost of the device.
Can you make an appliance just for snoring?
Yes, dental sleep devices work quite well at reducing the sound and severity of snoring. However, if you are a snorer and have never had a sleep test it is advisable to be screened or tested for the more serious disorder of Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA). Many snorers also have obstructive sleep apnea, often without even realizing it.
If a diagnosis is made of Primary Snoring then a dental sleep device can be made to control the sound and severity of your snoring. Usually, the procedures needed to treat snoring are simpler than for treatment of obstructive sleep apnea. This often results in fewer office visits and follow-up observations for people whose primary symptom is snoring.
Do I need a custom device and why can’t I just order one off TV?
Substantial scientific evidence indicates that custom-made adjustable dental sleep devices are far more effective and comfortable than self-fitting, “boil and bite” devices that sometimes appear on television commercials. The self-fitting devices are typically much larger, which decreases their effectiveness because the device may actually obstruct your airway during sleep. Most “as seen on TV” self-fitting devices are not adjustable, which can lead to discomfort and pain. Successful dental sleep therapy is extremely dependent on precise adjustments of the dental sleep device. Without this ability to finely adjust the device, treatment success rates drop dramatically.
If I have TMJ (jaw) problems can I still wear a dental sleep device?
The answer to this question is unique for each patient, but most patients who have TMJ (jaw joint) problems can be treated successfully with a dental device. Many people incorrectly believe that they are not candidates for a dental sleep device if they have TMJ or jaw disorders. In some instances dental sleep devices are not recommended when certain TMJ or jaw disorders are present, but often these problems will not prevent treatment with dental sleep devices. Use of some dental appliances can sometimes even improve TMJ symptoms.
Dr. Endre Selmeczy, D.M.D.