Arriving at Dental Sleep Medicine
When patients visit us to relieve their sleep apnea symptoms, the majority have been using CPAP or have used it in the past. For whatever reason, they become fed up with the restrictive, noisy, uncomfortable device and need a change.
At Dental Sleep Medicine, we’ll answer any questions you have about your possible sleep disorder. We’ll also do everything in our power to get you the correct diagnosis and treatment that’s unique to your situation.
Upon arriving for your consultation, Dr. Clinton will review your medical history and exam your oral structure, including the throat. During this time, you’ll have a chance to discuss any sleep-related issues you’re having.
Dr. Clinton Explains the Process
Now that Dr. Clinton understands your snoring and sleep apnea, he’ll go over your treatment options. Depending on your symptoms and concerns, he’ll likely suggest oral appliance therapy.
Dr. Clinton will elaborate on any details that you want, so It’s crucial that you feel comfortable when choosing a treatment option and understand the process.
During your consultation, we’ll give you an estimated overall cost and go over your financial options. Once you feel confident that the treatment is for you, we’ll begin the process and create a one-of-a-kind oral appliance.
Don’t Be Afraid to Ask Questions
One way to maximize your benefit from the consultation is to come prepared with questions. This will ensure that your treatment starts smoothly and that everyone is on the same page.
Some common questions that you can ask during your consultation include:
- Why are oral appliances preferred over CPAP?
- Will your treatment help me feel more energized?
- How much will treatment be?
- Will I stop snoring after using an oral appliance?
- Will my insurance cover oral appliance therapy?
These are just a few examples to get the ideas flowing. Remember, there’s no such thing as a bad question when your health and safety are involved. Dr. Cooper is always glad to help.
Frequently Asked Questions
What happens during a sleep study consultation?
During your initial consultation, you’ll discuss your symptoms and Dr. Clinton will perform a thorough examination to look for any signs of airway obstruction.
At this time, he may recommend a sleep study to provide a clear diagnosis. After you’ve been diagnosed with sleep apnea, Dr. Clinton will review the data and create a customized treatment plan. Treatment typically includes the use of an oral appliance and certain lifestyle modifications so you get the most out of your treatment.
What should I bring to my first appointment?
In addition to bringing any questions you may have for Dr. Clinton, you’ll want to bring your insurance card and state ID. It’s best to arrive 15 minutes prior to your consultation to fill out the necessary paperwork.
If you have any questions about your insurance coverage, we recommend contacting your provider prior to your appointment. If there are any questions or concerns you have, please contact our office by calling (972) 73-SLEEP. We look forward to meeting you!