Your First Sleep Apnea Consultation in Silver Spring, MD
Take the First Step Towards Treating Sleep Apnea
Living with sleep apnea can leave you feeling groggy and discouraged. At Silver Spring Sleep Solutions, our sleep dentist Dr. Alice Bassford understands how challenging sleep apnea symptoms can make day-to-day life. During your first sleep apnea consultation, she’ll walk you through the examination and explain what you can expect in the weeks ahead.
Dr. Bassford is trusted among her peers and patients to deliver effective treatments customized to each patient’s needs. Patients from Silver Spring, Kensington, and Wheaton-Glenmont receive nothing but the best care from our sleep apnea specialist.
Why Seek Sleep Apnea Treatment?
Sleep apnea can disrupt your daily activities, and may even put a strain on your social connections. Along with dizziness, sleep apnea may also manifest itself in loud snoring or daytime mood swings, both of which can take a toll on your relationship with your partner and those around you.
Schedule a consultation with our sleep dentist in Silver Spring, MD today if you suspect you have sleep apnea. Untreated sleep disorders can lead to a host of physical and mental health issues, like heart disease and increased feelings of depression.
Getting the Right Diagnosis
Dr. Bassord and our team strive to create a warm and welcoming environment where every patient gets the care they need. At your consultation, we’ll discuss your sleep apnea symptoms. Our specialist will then examine the function of your head and neck, the roof of your mouth, throat, tongue, posture, body mass, and nasal septum to check for any areas that may obstruct your airway.
Dr. Bassford may also recommend a sleep study to get a clear diagnosis. This will provide us with more detailed information on the severity of your disorder so we can create a customized treatment plan tailored to meet your needs.
Creating Your Customized Treatment Plan
After you’re diagnosed with sleep apnea, Dr. Bassford will recommend certain lifestyle modifications such as mouth and throat exercises, positional therapy, and the use of an oral appliance to ensure you’re on the right track toward optimal treatment.
Oral appliance therapy is a preferred CPAP alternative that works by gently shifting your jaw forward to keep your airway from collapsing while you sleep. Dr. Bassford will work with you to determine the most effective treatment methods and how to incorporate them into your lifestyle.
Frequently Asked Questions
What questions should I ask at my sleep apnea consultation?
Your consultation is the perfect time to ask our sleep dentist, Dr. Bassford, any questions you have. It’s good to know a dentist before you commit to their treatment plan. You might consider asking:
- Why do patients prefer oral appliances over CPAP therapy?
- What are the costs of my treatment going to be?
- Will an oral appliance help with my snoring?
- Are oral appliances covered by insurance?
Any questions you have about your treatment are welcome and encouraged. Feeling comfortable with your treatment decision is one of our top priorities.
What if I snore, but I don’t have sleep apnea?
At Silver Spring Sleep Solutions, we specialize in treating patients suffering from interrupted sleep patterns due to snoring and sleep apnea. If a sleep physician has confirmed that you don’t have sleep apnea, we can easily solve your snoring problems with a custom-fitted oral appliance.
Whether you’re suffering from sleep apnea or snoring, you shouldn’t wait to receive treatment. For the sake of your health, it’s best to seek help and begin reversing the long-term damage.
Does insurance cover sleep apnea treatment?
Insurance typically covers a portion of the sleep study and treatment. For a better understanding of your plan’s coverage, we recommend contacting your provider for more details before your appointment. If there are any questions we can answer, don’t hesitate to call us at (240) 234-0948 and one of our helpful team members will be happy to assist you.
Can I develop sleep apnea as an older adult?
Sleep apnea can occur at any age, from infants to older adults. In children, it’s most commonly due to enlarged tonsils and lymphatic tissues called adenoids. Sleep apnea can manifest on its own or as a result of another medical condition.
No matter the cause of your sleep apnea, it’s important to treat the disorder and reduce the risk of long-term consequences. If you’re suffering from symptoms related to sleep apnea, schedule a consultation with our Silver Spring sleep specialist by calling (240) 234-0948.
Begin Your Journey to a Restful Night’s Sleep
Living with sleep apnea can leave you feeling hopeless. Dr. Bassford and our team of experts can help you reclaim your night’s rest so you can enjoy energized mornings and productive days. Contact our Silver Spring, MD office to schedule your consultation today by calling (240) 234-0948. You can also fill out our convenient contact form to book your appointment online. We look forward to helping you get the quality rest you deserve!