Snoring & Sleep Apnea Solutions

Solving Snoring & Sleep Apnea

Dr Farringer has been a member of the St. Thomas Sleep Disorders team for over 10 years and has successfully treated hundreds of patients for snoring and sleep apnea. In 2011, He was the only board certified dentist in Tennessee providing this FDA approved alternative to CPAP machines, having passed a rigorous certification process many years before.

Snoring Sleep ObstructionIf you have done a sleep test, Dr. Farringer can look at the results and determine with exceptional accuracy whether your snoring is the result of an obstructed airway. In some cases, the obstruction is significant enough that he will not be able to resolve the issue entirely, and you may still need a CPAP machine, but you may only need “nasal pillows,” rather than a full face mask.

During your first visit Dr. Farringer can show you a model to demonstrate in more detail what causes the snoring and how the appliance will work. If you agree that you would like to try this FDA approved approach, he will make models of your teeth as well as making measurements about how your mouth fits together and how much your jaw needs to move forward. From this information the office will make a custom appliance.

On your second visit, Dr. Farringer will ensure that the custom appliance fits properly. In about five minutes you will know how to use your own appliance. In some cases, you may need to come back for another appointment to adjust how the appliance fits within a few days to weeks. As your body ages, you may need a minor adjustment in a few years. (Bone structure changes throughout our lives.)

Most patients experience their first good night’s sleep the very first night they use the device. It generally takes about a week to get accustomed to using the device so that it feels completely normal.

Snoring is the first sign of Sleep Apnea

SnoringSnoring is often a symptom of a significant health condition called sleep apnea, in which the person actually stops breathing during the night.  The resulting loss of sleep has serious health consequences for both the snorer and anyone sleeping with them, such as susceptibility to heart attacks, high blood pressure, stroke, heartburn, morning headaches and depression. The typical treatment for snoring is often uncomfortable, loud, and unreliable; but it has been well publicized.

Snoring is not just a loud obnoxious noise when someone sleeps; it is always a sign that the airway to the person’s lungs is restricted. In serious cases it is a symptom of sleep apnea, which means that the person has actually quit breathing momentarily. It also signals that they may not be cycling through all of the important stages of sleep or getting enough oxygen to the brain.

The cumulative effect of such a lack of sleep ranges from:

  • Low Life Enjoyment
  • Poor work performance which translates into lower wages
  • Heart attacks
  • High blood pressure
  • Stroke
  • Heartburn
  • Morning headaches
  • Depression.

If the noise of the snoring is loud and startling enough, it can also break the sleeping cycles of anyone sleeping with the snorer, leading to similar health and lifestyle concerns.

Typical Treatments are Uncomfortable

Most, if not all, successful treatments for snoring attempt to keep the airway open. In very mild cases, an overweight individual may lose significant weight to resolve the problem. However, most snorers need additional assistance.

CPAPThe most common treatment is a motorized device, called a CPAP, which blows air into the nose and forces the throat to stay open. The machine consists of a full mask or a small nasal insert connected by tubing to an electric powered blower machine. To keep everything in place as the person tosses in their sleep, the patient wears straps across their head. Each of these parts can wear out and need replacing.

The typical CPAP system is uncomfortable and inconvenient enough that the health industry defines success for this approach as someone keeping the mask on for 4 hours, just about ½ of a good night’s sleep. Some insurance companies may have payment restrictions based on final usage of the CPAP machine.

Eliminate Snoring with an Easy to Use Appliance

TAPWe offer a surprisingly simple FDA approved approach using a dental appliance.  It is portable, reliable, quiet, comfortable, and an effective alternative to sleepless nights, sleepy days, and significant health concerns.

Each night when we sleep, our muscles relax; otherwise we do not get good rest. When our jaw muscles relax, our jaw and tongue tend to slide back into the throat, restricting the air flow. In young people, the restriction is usually not enough to cause any problems; so they rarely ever snore. However, as we get older, and especially as we gain weight, the airway may become restricted enough to cause snoring, and then later sleep apnea.

So, what if we could devise a way to simply move the jaw forward?

Sleep Apnea Oral DeviceAt Green Hills Dental Group, we treat snoring with a simple FDA approved appliance.  We design a custom fit oral appliance that you can wear at night that will keep the jaw in a forward position. The airway stays open. All of our patients have either gotten a good night’s sleep their first night wearing the appliance or have been able to change from using a full CPAP mask to using the nasal inserts, called pillows.

Benefits

How good would it feel to get a good and comfortable night’s sleep every night?  What could you enjoy more of each day? How much more productive would you be at work?

Whatever solution you choose, it needs to be one that you habitually make part of your daily routine. Compared to the CPAP machine our FDA Approved appliance is more likely to be part of your daily habits for these reasons.

  • Comfort. Most people get accustomed to the dental appliance in about a week. There are no masks and hoses to get between you and your partner or your pillow. There are not straps across the back of your head.

  • Quiet. There is no motor keeping the appliance running.

  • Portability. The appliance is small enough to fit in a purse or large pocket. It travels through airports very well.

  • Reliability. If the power goes out you, you can still sleep without snoring and without a backup generator. There are not mask and hose seals to wear out.

  • Looks. Do you really want to look like Darth Vader when you go to sleep?

  • A Full Nights Rest. Once you are asleep using our oral appliance, you are unlikely to wake-up in discomfort to remove the appliance. It also will not come off accidentally as you sleep. The companies promoting CPAP machines consider it a successful night if the user wears the mask for 4 hours.

  • Habitual. Most people using our solution are still using it 6 months later. Over 50% of all CPAP users quit within 6 months because of the discomfort and annoyances.

Cost

Unlike the CPAP machines, there are no ongoing costs to replace hoses and masks or motors. As your body changes due to the ageing process, you may need to have a follow-up visit to adjust how the appliance works.

Several major medical insurance companies will cover the cost of the appliance and the dental visits to fit and make the appliance. The sleep tests required to determine whether you have sleep apnea are typically covered by most insurance companies. Please, call us at 615-385-1190 to determine whether we have worked with your medical insurance company.

Contact us for an appointment with Dr. Farringer.