What Is Sleep Apnea?
Sleep apnea is a common and treatable condition that affects millions of people. While the snoring and restless nights might seem like minor (if annoying) inconveniences, their effects can still impact both your physical and dental health.
At My Family Dentistry, we’re experienced in helping sleep apnea patients achieve healthy, restful sleep through custom-fitted dental appliances. Dedicated professionals, like Jenny Morrow, help to make the process easy to understand.
Do you struggle with sleep?
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I’m a Registered Dental Hygienist and Knoxville Sleeps Coordinator. As a hygienist, I always liked helping my patients feel better about their smiles, but wanted to make more of an impact on their overall wellness. I began studying sleep apnea to really help my patients live healthier.
I’ve only been in the sleep coordinator role for about 6 months, but I feel like our treatments truly help our patients feel and sleep better. Not only does their sleep improve, but the following health risks are lowered as well:
- High blood pressure
- Heart attack
- Stroke, and
We’ve offered sleep apnea screenings at My Family Dentistry for a year now. I stepped into the coordinator role in order to streamline assessment and treatment.
Initially, when our patients displayed certain oral indications and symptoms, we referred them out to a sleep physician. However, we found that many did not follow up on their sleep test referral – meaning their condition often continued untreated.
To help make sure our patients don’t miss out on testing that can help improve their lives, we got our own HST (home sleep test) machine and also began providing the option to let patients perform their own sleep apnea testing in the comfort and privacy of their own bedrooms. After using the home test, the results are read by an affiliated physician licensed by the state of Tennessee. After receiving a diagnosis from them, we’re then able to offer treatment options based on patient needs.
CPAP has long been the standard for treating sleep apnea. While it’s still a very popular option, some people are simply unable to tolerate having a mask over their face all night long. We offer oral appliance therapy, which is less bulky and typically a lot more widely accepted by patients. All of the appliances we use to treat sleep apnea are FDA-approved, but they are not an over the counter “quick fix.” Each appliance is custom-fabricated to each patient’s specific needs. We then follow up throughout treatment to get them adjusted to the most comfortable and effective point. Dr. Mullins and I have both taken continuing education courses to stay up to date and informed on the latest developments in sleep apnea treatment.
When you’re looking for sleep apnea diagnosis and treatment in Knoxville, Dr. Mullins is the ideal choice.
Contact us to set up an appointment and learn more about sleep apnea.