Sleep Apnea Treatments Wellington FL
What is Sleep Apnea?
Sleep Apnea is a medical condition characterized by moments during a person’s sleep when a person stops breathing for approximately 10 seconds which causes the patient to wake up. The result of such a pattern of sleep and arousal means the individual does not get the needed rest. Unfortunately, it can also mean a host of other medical problems and/or conditions. There are different types of sleep apnea but the important thing to note is that it is a disorder that has potentially very serious consequences. A physician needs to be consulted.
SomnoMed Patient Testimonial Video
“Dr. Marisol Lopez-Belio and her assistant Danielle Prieto attended the 22nd Annual American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine convention in Baltimore, Maryland. They have been working with sleep physicians in South Florida since 2009, treating sleep apnea with oral appliances, and having excellent results. Attendance at this conference is a testimony to their continued resolve to provide patients with the latest scientific and technological advances for the best possible treatment.”
May / June 2013
How does a dentist approach treatment for sleep apnea? How can we help you?
One of the appliances we use is the SomnoDent Flex™ — pictured below (Left). It has a “drop in” fit, and patients find it easy and comfortable to use, and more importantly, very effective. We also use the ProSomnus® MicrO2® Sleep and Snore Device, equally comfortable – making it easy for patients to comply with their treatment for sleep apnea (Photo on Right).
Sleep Questions You Should Ask Yourself:
The Epworth Sleepiness Scale
This scale is used to determine the level of daytime sleepiness. It provides an indication as to whether a person needs to improve their sleep hygiene and/or see a sleep specialist.
How likely are you to fall asleep in the following situations?
|Sitting & Reading||________|
|Sitting, inactive, in a public place (Theater, Meeting)||________|
|As a passenger in a car for an hour with no break||________|
|Lying down to rest in the afternoon, if circumstances permit||________|
|Sitting and talking to someone||________|
|Sitting quietly after lunch without alcohol||________|
|In a car while stopped for a few minutes in traffic||________|
A score of 10 or more is considered sleepy. A score of 18 or more is very sleepy. If you score 10 or more on this test, you should consider whether you are obtaining adequate sleep, need to improve your sleep hygiene and/or see a sleep specialist.
With a score of 10 or above, you may be having a problem with daytime sleepiness. However, below 10 does not necessarily mean you do not have a problem.
The Watch-PAT Home Sleep Study is now available in our office to detect sleep-related breathing disorders.
Unlike the traditional PSG sleep studies that take place in hospitals or sleep centers, this test is taken at home, while wearing a device that looks like a watch, and a sensor on one finger. It can also be used as a follow-up test following the use of oral appliance therapy to test the results.