Ask Dr. Dave DDS Blog
We are concerned about your overall health, including your sleep health.
So often we hear:
Most cases (approximately 83%) remain undiagnosed and contribute to:
Dentistry serves a vital role in treating this silent epidemic. The American Academy of Sleep Medicine recommends oral appliances as a primary therapy for the treatment of mild to moderate obstructive sleep apnea and for patients with severe sleep apnea who cannot tolerate CPAP treatment.
Dr. Richardson, along with Board-Certified Sleep Specialists and Awaken2Sleep, are keenly aware of the benefits of all treatment modalities for obstructive sleep apnea, including the advances in oral appliance therapy. Testing has never been easier… a small at-home tester is delivered by Awaken2Sleep and utilized for two evenings. No need to go to a sleep center! Medical insurance billing is handled for you by the Kirkland Dentistry team and Awaken2Sleep.
How often do you stop breathing for at least 10 seconds at a time each night? Know your AHI number! Apnea–Hypopnea Index or Apnoea–Hypopnoea Index (AHI) is an index used to indicate the severity of sleep apnea – how often breathing is interrupted. It is represented by the number of apnea and hypopnea events per night. Treatment recommendations are based on AASM (American Academy of Sleep Medicine) guidelines. According to these standards, mild to moderate obstructive sleep apnea (AHI 5 – 30) can be treated with oral appliance therapy as the first modality of care. Whereas, patients with severe obstructive sleep apnea (AHI > 30) are required to use CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure).
There are few things in life more refreshing than a “good night’s sleep”. Dr. Richardson and the Kirkland Dentistry team are pleased to have the ability to change lives in such a dramatic way and value this incredible opportunity.
Contact our office at (425) 823-6820 today to learn more!