Your First Consultation
Living with sleep apnea can leave you feeling groggy and discouraged on a daily basis. Dr. Bassford understands how challenging it can be to have to live through it. During your first consultation, she’ll walk you through the examination and explain what you can expect in the weeks ahead.
Dr. Bassford has achieved the highest honor of Diplomate status with The American Board of Dental Sleep Medicine. She’s trusted among her peers and patients to deliver effective treatments that are customized to each patient’s needs. When you’re in Dr. Bassford’s care, you can expect to see results.
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 towards optimal treatment.
An oral appliance 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 work them into your lifestyle.
The Start to Your Sleep Apnea Journey
Dr. Bassord and our team strive to create a warm and welcoming environment where every patient gets the care they need. To start off, you’ll explain the symptoms you’ve been experiencing and Dr. Bassford will examine the function of your head and neck, the roof of your mouth, throat, tongue, posture, body mass, and your nasal septum to look for any areas that may obstruct your airway.
If we’re your first stop on your sleep apnea journey, Dr. Bassford may recommend a sleep study to get a clear diagnosis. This will provide more detailed information on the severity of your disorder so she can create a customized treatment plan tailored to meet your needs.
Your Journey to a Restful Night’s Sleep
Living with sleep apnea can leave you feeling hopeless. Dr. Bassford can help you reclaim your night’s rest so you can enjoy energized mornings. Contact our office to schedule your consultation by calling (301) 593-5500 or fill out the contact form and we’ll help you get started on your sleep apnea journey.
Frequently Asked Questions
What questions should I ask at my first consultation?
Your consultation is the perfect time to ask Dr. Bassford any questions you have. It’s good to know a dentist before you commit to their treatment plan, so we’ve compiled a list of questions that may be beneficial for you. You might consider asking:
- Why do people prefer oral appliances over CPAP?
- 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 a priority.
What if I snore, but I don’t have sleep apnea?
At Silver Spring Sleep Solutions, we specialize in treating patients who are suffering from interrupted sleep patterns due to snoring and sleep apnea. If a sleep physician has confirmed that you are free of sleep apnea, we can still 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 coverage, we recommend contacting your provider for the details of your benefits prior to your appointment. If there are any questions we can answer, don’t hesitate to call us at (301) 593-5500 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 Dr. Bassford by calling (301) 593-5500. During the consultation, she’ll examine your mouth and throat and determine if you would benefit from a sleep study.