Sleep medicine doctor for sleep apnea in Willoughby Hills
Tossing and turning, snoring, waking up feeling like you didn’t get enough sleep… if these symptoms sound familiar, you may be one of the millions of Americans who suffer from sleep apnea. At Snoring and CPAP Solutions, Willoughby Hills area patients seeking a sleep apnea doctor who can help diagnose and treat the condition will find high-quality, compassionate, and expert care from dentist Dr. Michael Stern, who is highly qualified in dental sleep medicine.
Diagnosing sleep apnea
If you think you might suffer from sleep apnea, the first step towards better sleep and better health is to obtain a diagnosis. The time-tested way of diagnosing sleep apnea is with a sleep test. This can be done in a specialized sleep lab, but that option tends to be costly and inconvenient, and it can be difficult to get comfortable enough to sleep in the lab environment, leading to potential inaccuracies in the results. As an alternative, Dr. Stern offers patients an at-home sleep study that they can conduct in the comfort and convenience of their own homes. You simply pick up a small device from the office, and then using the instructions we give you, wear it while you sleep. It will collect important data about your oxygen levels and other metrics that enable a qualified medical professional to then determine your apnea-hypopnea index (AHI).
Oral appliance treatment for sleep apnea
If you are diagnosed with sleep apnea, the next step is to determine the best treatment for your specific needs. For patients with mild to moderate sleep apnea, oral appliance therapy can be a convenient and highly effective way of treating the condition. Oral appliance therapy is safe and effective, and has been approved by the FDA for the treatment of mild to moderate sleep apnea. In contrast to CPAP machines, which can be cumbersome and hard to use, oral appliances designed by Dr. Stern are:
- Portable and easy to travel with
- Convenient – no tubing, machines, or electricity necessary