Sleep Apnea/Snoring

Having trouble sleeping? Is snoring an issue?

Sleep apnea is proven to reduce life expectancy by 10-12 years.

Sleep ApneaSleep apnea is a potentially life-threatening breathing disorder that Dr. Becker is committed to successfully treating. If you have sleep apnea, you’re not getting enough oxygen while sleeping. This lack of oxygen causes your heart to work harder, which helps explain why 50-60% of people with impaired cardiac function suffer from sleep-related breathing disorders like sleep apnea.

Left untreated, you could develop:

  • Depression
  • Diabetes
  • Dementia
  • Hypertension
  • Heart arrhythmia (heart rhythm problems)
  • Heart attack
  • Stroke

Please call us at 410-461-3311 to make an appointment.

Free screenings for sleep apnea

Dentists tend to spot sleep apnea more frequently than physicians. When you recline in the dental chair, we can see if your airway is blocked by a large tongue. And because 70% of people who snore have sleep apnea, we always ask about snoring and other risk factors at each appointment.

Pulse OximeterIf we suspect you have sleep apnea, we’ll send you home with a Pulse Oximeter, which looks like a wristwatch with a little finger cup attached. While you sleep, it records your pulse and oxygen levels.

When you return it to us, we’ll download the information and review the data. If it records decreases in oxygen levels during the night, we’ll refer you for a sleep test that is done in the comfort of your own bed.

  • Home sleep tests are administered by a company outside of our dental practice.
  • The company will mail you everything you need to perform the test at home.
  • Once complete, you mail everything back to the company and they provide us with a report.

Treatment for sleep apnea

During a free consultation, we review results with you. Mild or moderate sleep apnea can be treated with a custom-made oral appliance. (Severe sleep apnea is best treated with a Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) machine.)

oral appliance for sleep apneaAn oral appliance moves your jaw forward, which moves your tongue forward and opens your airways so you can get more oxygen.

  • The is typically covered by medical insurance, but we’ll pre-authorize with your insurance company so you know your out-of-pocket cost ahead of time.
  • A one-hour appointment to take an impression and measurements.
  • Everything will be sent to the lab; your appliance will be ready in about one week. When you pick up your appliance, we’ll check the fit and review how to use it.

Once you have your appliance, we’ll see you at three week intervals for two months to ensure the appliance is working properly. During this time, we’ll use the Pulse Oximeter to measure your oxygen levels at night. If needed, we’ll order another sleep study to confirm your sleep apnea is being full addressed.

We look forward to helping you live a healthier and longer life!

“I have been using my appliance for over a year now and I am very happy with the results. I am able to sleep through the night much more frequently, which allows me to wake up energized and refreshed. In fact, on the occasional night where I forget to wear it, I find myself tossing and turning until I finally remember to put it in. And if anyone is happier about this than me, it would be my wife who no longer has to suffer through sleepless nights because of my constant snoring.”
– Adam W.

“My husband’s oral appliance made it possible for us to sleep in the same room again. He is much better rested and so am I. This treatment literally changed our lives!”
– Rachel W. (Adam’s wife)

Please call us at 410-461-3311 to make an appointment.