What to Do if You Suspect Sleep Apnea
If you suspect you may have sleep apnea, it’s crucial to seek professional help to get a diagnosis and treatment plan. The first step in this process is typically a consultation with a sleep specialist, like our Waxahachie, TX, sleep dentist, Dr. Scott Clinton. Here’s what you can expect from your first sleep apnea consultation.
Choosing a Sleep Specialist
The first step is to find a qualified sleep specialist. Your primary care physician may be able to recommend a specialist, or you can search for a sleep center or clinic in your area. If you’re looking for dental sleep medicine specifically, consider a dentist specializing in sleep apnea treatment, such as Dr. Scott Clinton at Dental Sleep Medicine of North Texas in Waxahachie, TX.
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 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 the treatment cost?
- 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. Clinton is always glad to help.
After your initial consultation and diagnosis, you’ll likely have follow-up appointments with Dr. Clinton to monitor your progress and make any necessary adjustments to your treatment plan. It’s important to keep up with these appointments to ensure your sleep apnea is effectively managed and your overall health isn’t compromised.
Frequently Asked Questions
How long does a sleep apnea consultation typically last?
A sleep apnea consultation can last anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour. The length of a sleep apnea consultation can vary depending on the individual and the complexity of their case.
Will I need to undergo a sleep study before my consultation?
Not necessarily. In some cases, a sleep study may be recommended after the consultation to confirm a diagnosis of sleep apnea. However, your sleep specialist may be able to diagnose sleep apnea based on your symptoms and medical history alone.
What should I bring to my first appointment?
In addition to bringing any questions you may have for your sleep dentist, you’ll want to bring your insurance card and state ID. It’s best to arrive 15 minutes before your appointment to fill out the necessary paperwork.
If you have any questions about your insurance coverage, we recommend contacting your insurance provider before your appointment.
What happens during a sleep study consultation?
During your initial consultation, you’ll discuss your symptoms and your sleep apnea dentist will perform a thorough examination to look for any signs of airway obstruction.
At this time, they may recommend a sleep study to provide a clear diagnosis. After you’ve been diagnosed with sleep apnea, they’ll review the data and create a customized treatment plan. Treatment typically includes oral appliance therapy and certain lifestyle modifications so you get the most out of your treatment.
Don’t Let Sleep Apnea Take Over Your Life
A consultation with a sleep specialist can help you get the diagnosis and treatment you need to improve your sleep and overall health. Contact our Waxahachie, TX, dental office at (972) 737-5337 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Clinton. He’ll be more than happy to talk to you about your treatment options.
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