Sleep Apnea Screening
It’s Not Just About Snoring
Snoring and gasping during sleep is not only bothersome to your bedmate, it can be dangerous. Patients with obstructive sleep apnea actually stop breathing for 10 to 20 seconds or more in their sleep, hundreds of times a night. Dr. Staten can diagnose sleep apnea by examining the soft tissues in your throat and mouth to determine if they are enlarged and are blocking airflow.
Sleep apnea patients may be fitted with a SomnoMed appliance to wear during sleep. It positions the jaw and tongue slightly forward to enhance airflow and end snoring and apnea.
Ensuring Optimum Health
After your exam, an oral hygienist will use a handheld instrument and ultrasonic scaler to remove plaque and tartar buildup from your teeth. The ultrasonic device uses vibrations to dislodge plaque and bacteria from the hard-to-reach crevices in your teeth and gum line.
Patients also may receive preventive sealants and/or fluoride treatments.