John Dobry DDS on sleep apnea treatment
I am a severe sleep apnea patient. I wear a BiPAP at night. I will, if a patient claims they cannot use traditional sleep apnea treatment, if they have a prescription from their physician, then I can make them an appliance that they will also have to, once they have the appliance made, they will have to go back and have another sleep study done to make sure that it’s working effectively. There’s probably 15 or 20 different appliances on the market. It all depends on the patient, which one is the best one depending on their sleep apnea. If it’s somebody who’s just a snorer, you just need a simple appliance just to bring your lower jaw forward so they stop snoring. With the sleep apnea appliance, it’s going to do roughly the same thing, but there’s varying appliances. I happen to use mostly an appliance called a Strong appliance. It’s a lab out of Windsor that makes a very good appliance to prevent sleep apnea, but like I said, in Michigan, that’s a medical call, and it’s going to have to be followed up with their medical physician with another sleep study.