Are you bothered by sleep issues or difficulty breathing? As you sleep, do you wake up gasping for air or sweating profusely? If so, you may have sleep apnea.

Definition

Sleep apnea is a serious disorder in which there is a disturbance in the normal breathing cycle. Individuals with untreated sleep apnea often stop breathing during sleep. This means the brain and the rest of the body may not get enough oxygen. There are two main types of sleep apnea:

  • Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) – occurs when the throat muscles relax and a blockage of the airway occurs. This is the most common form of sleep apnea.
  • Central Sleep Apnea (CSA) – occurs when the brain fails to signal the muscles to breathe and is linked to the instability in the respiratory control center.

If you think you might have sleep apnea, consult your primary care physician. Treatment may be required to avoid other health-related complications, such as high blood pressure or heart problems, increased risk of stroke, sudden death due to low levels of oxygen, atrial fibrillation, congestive heart failure or other vascular diseases, daytime fatigue, complications with medications and surgery, liver problems, headaches, mood swings, feelings of depression, frequent urination at night, decrease in sex drive, and sleep-deprived partners.

Diagnostic Testing

Your doctor may make an evaluation based on your signs and symptoms or may refer you to a sleep disorder center. At the sleep disorder center, you will undergo a nocturnal polysomnography, a special sleep study by physician. During this test you are hooked up to equipment that monitors your heart, lung, and brain activity, breathing problems, arm and leg movements, and blood oxygen levels while you sleep.

If your physician suspects that you have obstructive sleep apnea, they may refer you to an ENT physician to rule out any blockage in your nose or throat. The physician may also refer you for an evaluation by a cardiologist or neurologist to determine causes of central sleep apnea. You will get fitted for one of the four sleep apnea devices: Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP), Adjustable Airway Pressure Device (AAPD), Expiratory Positive Airway Pressure (EPAP), or the SomnoDent® MAS Appliance.

After great research, our talented dentist, Dr. Tyler P. Lasseigne, is excited about helping you overcome your sleep apnea. A new alternative to using the CPAP, AAPD, and EPAP has been developed. The SomonoDent MAS Appliance enables your airways to remain open, allowing better air quality to give you a more restful, safe night’s sleep.

First Appointment:

  • Consultation. Dr. Tyler P. Lasseigne will gather your medical history, discuss sleep and breathing problems, perform a screening of your hard and soft tissues, and study diagnostic models, radiographs, and your occlusal analysis, including muscle and TMJ palpation/range of motion of mandible. If you are a candidate for the appliance, a referral will be given to have a sleep test done if you have not had it done already. The sleep test needs to be done within a year of treatment. Patients with severe sleep apnea are not candidates for this appliance.
  • Financial Coordinator. You will sit down with our coordinator to review treatment cost, financial responsibility of patient, and insurance reimbursements. If you accept treatment, we will have you sign a series of paperwork, including consent forms. A second appointment is then scheduled.

Second Appointment:

  • Upper and lower impressions. We will take detailed molds and impressions of your teeth and jaws to understand your smile and how your teeth bite together. Your custom-made sleep apnea device will be made from these impressions.

Third Appointment:

  • Delivery and fitting of the SomnoDent MAS. This appointment is usually three weeks after the second visit.

Fourth Appointment:

  • Two Week Check-up.We will perform an exam and evaluate how your SomnoDent MAS Appliance is working. We will also check the fit and make of your sleep apnea device to see if
    any adjustments are needed.

For your fifth and sixth appointments, we will continue to evaluate your SomnoDent MAS Appliance. During your sixth appointment, Dr. Tyler P. Lasseigne will request you go in to have a new sleep test done to check if your appliance is proving efficient. The SomnoDent MAS Appliance in Baton Rouge, Louisiana offers patients a chance to eliminate their side effects of sleep apnea. No more sleep deprivation, gasping for air, or night sweats! If you are tired of dealing with sleep apnea, please contact Esthetic Associates for more information on sleep apnea treatment in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.