Sleep apnea is a problem for a lot of people. New treatments for sleep apnea are now available from the AZ Sleep & Snore Center in Scottsdale. Dr. Roger Briggs, a veteran Scottsdale dentist, explains what the center can do for people with snoring issues.
The Sleep & Snore Center focuses on the treatment of obstructive sleep apnea, a condition where a patient’s airway collapses at night. About 50% of people who snore at night have a sleep apnea problem.
Diagnosing sleep apnea can be done in a laboratory where patients get a full night’s sleep with technicians measuring and monitoring the sleep experience. Dr. Briggs explains that, in most cases, a diagnosis can be obtained from a home sleep test using testing equipment supplied by the Sleep & Snore Center. Then, the results of the home test can be analyzed and a treatment plan can be arrived at for whatever sleep disorder a patient might have.
Patients can download a free app, SnoreLab, for smartphones, either iPhones or Android phones. The app will record someone’s snoring and display a report on the snoring. The information from the SnoreLab app can show patients why they need help from the Sleep & Snore Center.
Snoring is more than just a social problem. It can help create calcification in the carotid artery, and that can lead to strokes.
For people with sleep apnea, CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) is the baseline treatment. In more recent years, other treatments have come along, including APAP (automatic positive airway pressure). The Sleep & Snore Center can offer a full range of treatment options. For example, Dr. Briggs, through his experience with sleep dentistry, can create oral appliances to reposition a patient’s lower jaw during sleep, thus keeping the airway open and eliminating sleep apnea.
Another treatment option the Sleep & Snore Center offers is NightLase®. This new treatment involves shining a light on the back of the throat to stimulate collagen growth. This non-surgical procedure is a blessing for patients who are unable to use oral appliances or CPAP to treat sleep apnea.
Patients often have questions about whether they have insurance for these treatments. Dr. Briggs explains that sleep apnea treatment falls under medical insurance, so dental insurance is not an issue. Staff members at the Sleep & Snore Center can help patients with insurance claims so as to maximize benefit payments.
The Snore & Sleep Center is also unique in that it offers patients the skilled services of both Dr. Roger Briggs, a dentist, and Dr. Leonard Moss, a medical doctor, who are skilled practitioners in the treatment of sleep disorders. Together, they can devise the best treatment for their patients.