What to Expect at Your First Appointment
Your first appointment may take up to an hour and a half. That’s how long it takes to ensure we can do everything we need to do at the time. In general, your initial appointment will roughly follow three stages.
We Listen to Your Experience
First, we need to know your current situation. We see patients at all stages of their sleep apnea treatment journey: people who aren’t yet diagnosed with sleep apnea, people diagnosed with sleep apnea considering their treatment options, and those who have been prescribed CPAP but can’t adapt to it and need an alternative. We need to know what you’ve been through so we can provide you with the best treatment for you.
We will ask questions to understand your experience better, but for the most part, during this phase, we simply let you talk, and we listen.
We Perform an Examination
Next, your sleep dentist will perform an exam. The primary goal of this exam is to determine whether you will be a good candidate for oral appliance therapy. If you haven’t tried any sleep apnea treatment, this examination will help you make an informed decision about what treatment might be best for you. Thanks to our detailed analyses, we have a success rate of greater than 90% for oral appliance therapy.
We Offer Solutions
Based on your experience and our examination, your sleep dentist will offer you one or more potential solutions for your sleep apnea. If you haven’t gotten a sleep study yet, we can help you get one. Most often, this will be a home sleep study, which you can take in the comfort of your bed. Sometimes, though, we might refer you to a sleep lab, especially if you have another sleep disorder that might interfere with the test or if you’ve already tried a home sleep study that didn’t work.
If you have a sleep apnea diagnosis and seem like a good candidate for oral appliance therapy, we might recommend an appointment to get fitted for your custom oral appliance. If you aren’t a good candidate for oral appliance therapy, we might refer you to a sleep doctor for CPAP, or, if you can’t adapt to CPAP, Inspire or other sleep apnea treatment options.