Sleep Dentistry

Young woman soundly sleeping after sleep dentistry treatmentAre you currently under the care of a sleep physician or looking to find a sleep doctor to help you manage your chronic snoring or sleep apnea? Dr. Theron Manson works with many sleep experts to help our patients find solutions and get a better night’s rest.

Say Goodbye to CPAP Equipment

Some types of obstructive sleep apnea can be managed by wearing an oral appliance that naturally opens the airway and improves airflow as you rest. If you’re CPAP intolerant or dislike wearing the bulky prosthesis to bed, you may want to consider whether or not another option is available.

Depending on your oral anatomy and type of sleeping disorder, Dr. Manson can offer a few different types of oral appliances to choose from. Many of them work by repositioning the lower jaw in a way that prevents soft tissue blockage while you sleep.

What Does Sleep Apnea Have to do With My Mouth?

The effects of sleep apnea can cause a tremendous amount of wear to your teeth. Often times, people who aren’t sleeping properly tend to grind and clench their teeth together as they struggle for oxygen. This leads to damage to your teeth and existing restorations, ruining the investments of past dental treatments.

Some of the signs that Dr. Manson will look for during your exam may include:

  • Flat, worn, or chipped teeth
  • Broken fillings and crowns
  • Prominent jaw muscles
  • Tori, a non-pathological outgrowth of bone
  • Scalloping of the tongue
  • Large neck circumference

It’s not just your energy level that’s impacted by sleep-disordered breathing. The signs could be there without you even knowing that you have a problem.

What Comes Next?

If you’re not already seeing a sleep physician, we can refer you to one if necessary. We also have an in-house sleep monitor that you can use to screen for potential signs of apnea at night. We’ll record a baseline reading both before the oral appliance is made and during use, so we can read the information and determine if improvement has been made. Most of our patients can tell a huge difference within the first day or two of wearing their appliance.

Will My Insurance Pay for It?

man lying in bed awake from wife's snoring and wishing she would get some sleep dentistry therapyOur Kirkland dentist can help you jump through the hoops with your medical insurance, so you can take advantage of benefits that may cover your oral sleep apnea appliance. Financing is also available through CareCredit.

If you’re not sure whether or not you have sleep apnea, start to make note of how you feel in the morning, whether or not you’re tired during the day, and changes in your health (including weight gain.) Your solution may be as close as a visit to our Kirkland dentist office and a consult with your sleep physician.

Call us today to find out how you could be sleeping more comfortably in no time!

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On March 19, Gov. Jay Inslee announced new restrictions on non-urgent medical and dental procedures so the state can make sure Washington health care workers have enough protective equipment to wear as they work the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic. The order applies to any non-urgent procedure that requires medical and dental professionals to wear personal protective equipment (i.e. gloves, masks, gowns, etc). From now until May 18, 2020, all dental offices in Washington State must limit care to emergency treatment only, including our practice. 

Please note that effective March 23rd, all appointments between now and May 18th will need to be rescheduled. Please wait for our team to reach out to reschedule your appointment. We will have limited staff working at various intervals to handle any questions you may have, as well as take care of your emergency dental needs. Please feel free to leave a voicemail for our office and we will return your call at our first availability. Please be patient with us as we work to return the many questions coming our way. 

While this mandated closure is out of our control, we will continue to control what we can: to smile, stay positive and share kindness as we head into unknown territory. We are confident that the good fortune we have had to deliver outstanding dental care, will once again return and we are looking forward to that day. Until then, stay well.

  • Dr. Theron, Dr. Connie, Dr. Souquet and the Manson Dentistry Team