Treating Sleep Apnea

Why is it important that this condition be treated?

There are two reasons to treat snoring and apnea. The first is to improve your quality of life. Apnea and snoring can result in altered sleep patterns, and we know sleep is very important to the healing process and our ability to perform normally throughout the day. Snoring, of course, can be a nuisance to a bed partner as well.

The second reason is the relationship of apnea to serious medical consequences. Untreated sleep apnea can cause or worsen the following:

  • High Blood Pressure/Cardiovascular Disease
  • Risk for heart attack
  • Risk for stroke
  • Pulmonary Hypertension
  • Weight gain
  • Migraine headaches
  • Morning headaches
  • Hyperactivity in children
  • Diabetes
  • Impotency and sexual dysfunction
  • Depression and anxiety
  • Mood swings
  • Job impairment
  • Marital and other personal relations
  • The likelihood of motor vehicle accidents
  • Accidents at the workplace
  • Acid reflux
  • Bruxism (teeth grinding)
  • Brain and cognitive changes
What is Oral Appliance Therapy (OAT)?

OAT is often a viable alternative to CPAP therapy. A specially designed and adjusted customized oral appliance repositions the jaw and tongue during sleep. The oral appliance created support for the airway that tends to collapse during sleep, stiffens the soft palate, and can be a highly effective therapy for snoring and sleep apnea.

Which appliance should I have?

There are several appliance choices. One of the purposes of the first visit is to decide which is best for you.

Will I be able to use an oral appliance? How effective is it?

One of the major advantages of the oral appliance is patient compliance. Over 80% of those given an oral appliance report continued use of the appliance after two years. The oral appliance has been shown to effectively control snoring in over 90% of patients. Mild and moderate sleep apnea respond extremely well, even many cases of severe apnea have been resolved with oral appliance usage.

Dr. Miller's practice is limited to the treatment of sleep-disturbed breathing, chronic facial pain, and Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction.

He is one of the leading authorities in dental sleep medicine. He teaches at multiple hospitals and frequently speaks at major dental meetings on the diagnosis and treatment of sleep apnea.

Dr. Miller is experienced in all phases of diagnosis and treatment.

How do I make an appointment?

Simply call Dr. Miller at 631-743-9090.

If you have medical insurance have your information available when you call. The first appointment procedures will be explained to you in detail and any questions you have will be answered. When you set your appointment date, our office will send you important medical forms and request a copy of your sleep study from the sleep center. Dr. Miller will review both your medical history and your sleep study at the time of your appointment.

Will my insurance cover the device and follow-up visits?

Oral appliance therapy is a medical procedure covered under medical insurance. Please call for a complimentary consultation. At that time Dr. Miller and staff will answer all your questions concerning treatment and insurance. We work with all major medical companies, including Medicare.

How long will it take to get the appliance?

Your appliance will be ready for fitting approximately 2-3 weeks after impressions are taken.

Should I try a non-custom appliance that I've seen on TV first?

You can consider this option, but it is NOT recommended. While it MAY possibly resolve snoring, the critical bite relationship cannot be determined without a full examination. A generic appliance is more likely to be uncomfortable and may create side effects of the joint and muscle pain. The major function of such an appliance would be the resolution of snoring but not the apnea. This not only results in a false sense of security, but also the creation of what is termed a "silent apneic", which can be extremely dangerous to your overall health.

Send Us a Message