What Is Sleep Apnea?
Sleep apnea is a serious sleep disorder where breathing stops multiple times while you’re sleeping. If not treated properly, it could lead to serious health risks, including heart disease, fatigue, and even death. Never fear! We are located in Sioux Falls, SD, and Dr. Corey Karmazin and Dr. Molly Karmazin are trained to catch signs of sleep apnea and even offer comfortable solutions. But first, what exactly are the signs of sleep apnea:
You can think of Karmazin Dental as your front line to recognizing the signs of sleep apnea. When we see you every six months for a checkup, we ask basic questions to identify and strategize a treatment plan to combat this sleeping disorder. We use the PAT® or the MediByte system to evaluate your sleep and determine the severity of your condition. From there, we’ll work directly with your physician for a proper diagnosis and discuss multiple options to help combat sleep apnea on your terms. Some of those options include:
Why Choose Karmazin Dental For Sleep Apnea and Snoring Treatment?
As your healthcare providers, we work closely with your physician to treat your apnea or snoring.
Instead of a CPAP mask that covers all or at least part of your face, we have oral appliance therapy, which is comfortable to wear and can stop your snoring almost instantly.
Stopping the snore not only benefits your overall health but your relationships as well. You can feel rested and sleep in the same room without bothering loved ones.
By investing in the best technologies coupled with our extensive knowledge in dentistry, we’re dedicated to helping you sleep soundly. Patients often express our commitment to giving 100% to every patient and making sure they’re confident in the care they receive
The moment you see us for treatment, you can trust your well-being in the hands of our caring experts. We never pressure you to pursue treatment you’re not comfortable with and you’re always in the driver’s seat.
You can never put a price on your well-being. However, we’re confident you’ll receive the finest care at an affordable and fair cost. Talk to us about how we can accommodate your financial needs through CareCredit or your insurance plan.
‘‘My spouse and I had not slept in the same room for over 7 years due to my snoring. My wife referred me to Karmazin Dental. They ran a sleep study and uncovered I had some sleep apnea. Dr. Corey created a small retainer that I wear and my snoring is gone! I sleep better, and my wife is happy - win-win! I highly recommend Karmazin Dental!
Brandon M., Actual Patient at Karmazin Dental
- Is this sleep disorder common?
It’s estimated about 22 million Americans have sleep apnea, with 80% of those cases being moderate and severe. SOURCE
- How severe is sleep apnea?
There are different levels of this sleep disorder, and it can become very severe and life-threatening if you don’t take action to treat it. One level is Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) where the muscles and tissues in the throat and airway passage collapse while sleeping, cutting off oxygen to the brain. There are three levels of OSA:
- Mild OSA- The sufferer experiences 5-14 episodes of interruptions in breathing in an hour.
- Moderate OSA- The sufferer experiences 15-30 episodes of interruptions in breathing in an hour.
- Severe OSA- The sufferer experiences 30 or more interruptions in breathing in an hour.
Other levels of sleep apnea include:
- Central Sleep Apnea: When a victim stops breathing because the brain stops sending signals to the muscles that control breathing.
- Mixed Sleep Apnea: A combination obstructive and central sleep apnea where medication and CPAP are needed to treat this sleep disorder.
- How is it diagnosed?
A home sleep test or a PSG (Polysomnogram). An overnight home sleep test is one of the first diagnostic tools we would recommend for our patients to begin to understand their specific sleep habits/patterns. From there, we can communicate with your doctor to discuss the proper steps to treat your specific findings.
- Will my insurance cover sleep apnea treatment?
Most medical insurance plans will cover a sleep study, diagnosis, and oral appliance for this kind of treatment. It’s recommended you contact your insurance provider to determine if you need to cover any deductible or co-payment amounts. Our front desk team are masters with the insurance world and will be more than happy to navigate through your insurance plan to help you understand it better.