Sleep Apnea Treatment FAQs

Can I keep seeing my existing dentist?

The primary objective at Carolina Sleep Solutions is to successfully treat your snoring and sleep apnea. Be that as it may, while Dr. Van Gurp has vast expertise and training to take care of your general dental needs, this does not preclude sleep patients at Carolina Sleep Solutions from continuing to see their existing dentist should they choose to do so.

In those cases, we will work closely with your dentist to ensure that your patient care is well-coordinated. On the other hand and should you desire, we are more than happy to service your general dental needs.

Can You Make A Dental Device Just For Snoring?

Chronic snoring is one of the most common symptoms of Obstructive Sleep Apnea. Thus we recommend that if you snore, you undergo a home sleep test (HST) to rule out this disorder.

If the home sleep test rules out Obstructive Sleep Apnea, we are happy to make a dental device to control the sound and severity of your snoring.

Is A Dental Sleep Device Comfortable?

Like anything new, it may take some time to get used to a dental sleep device. Be that as it may, very few patients are unable to adapt to it. In fact, research shows that compliance rates for dental sleep devices are much higher than that for CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure) and other forms of non-surgical treatment.

At some point, most patients find that the device simply becomes part of their routine. In addition, because of the positive effect it can have on your quality of life, many patients tell us that they simply won’t go to bed without it.

Can My Physician or Regular Dentist Make My Dental Sleep Device?

According to the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM), dental sleep devices should be made by a dentist with advanced training in the field of sleep medicine. They recommend this with good reason.

Physicians are prohibited from making these devices and only a dentist with proper training will both understand the nature of your disorder, the appropriate device selection and how to tailor the device to maximize effectiveness yet minimize side effects.

It is also worthwhile noting that the AASM advocates dental sleep devices as the primary treatment option for anyone who has mild or moderate Obstructive Sleep Apnea.

How Long Do Dental Sleep Devices Last?

How long your dental sleep device lasts is dependent on several factors including the type of device made, how hard you are on the device and how well you take care of the device.

With proper maintenance, you can expect your dental sleep device to last two to five years or longer before a replacement is needed. Most medical insurance providers will cover a replacement device after two years.

At Carolina Sleep Solutions, we provide a one year complete warranty on devices that are defective in construction. If, after the first year, the device is damaged and requires repair, the repair cost is the responsibility of the patient. If replacement is required, the new device will be made at a fee to the patient that is less than that of the original device. Once the appliance life has reached the term of replacement as deemed by the patient’s medical insurance plan, a new device will be made at the full fee.

704.746.3160 Carolina Sleep Solutions
3111 Springbank Lane, Suite F2
Charlotte, NC 28226