In an effort to ensure the overall health of his patients, Dr. Greg Cook is a member of the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine. As such, he is able to easily recognize the signs and treat the symptoms of sleep apnea, and disorder that often goes undiagnosed. Our dentist has been involved in treating sleep apnea since 1993, and is experienced in finding the sleep appliances and solutions that work for you. For more information on treatment for sleep apnea in Alcoa, Tennessee, and to make your appointment at Appalachian Dental, please contact our office at 865-379-7555.
Sleep apnea is a sleeping disorder characterized by abnormal pausing in the breathing pattern. Individuals with sleep apnea rarely realize they have a problem and sometimes go years or decades without being treated or diagnosed. Some symptoms of sleep apnea are excessive daytime drowsiness, grinding of the teeth, changes in mood, fatigue, snoring, impotence (erectile dysfunction), high blood pressure, and many other debilitating diseases.
There are a variety of sleep apnea treatments available, ranging from CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) to UPPP (Uvulopalatopharyngoplasty) surgery to oral devices such as TAP3, DNA, and other various oral appliances. At our office, we feature iTamar in-home studies, a DNA appliance and the TAP3 appliance to help treat your sleep apnea.
Sleep apnea is often thought to be diagnosed through an in-office sleep study that involves many cords, wires, and computers. These distractions, as well as not being able to sleep in your own bed, often deter patients from completing the study or obtaining maximum results. Dr. Greg Cook offers an in-home sleep study, the iTamar watchPAT, recognized by the FDA and accepted by medical insurances.
Rather than cumbersome and distracting wires, the watchPAT is a small LCD screen worn on the wrist with three attachments: one to the index finger, one to the ring finger, and one to the base of the neck. Worn overnight, the watch PAT then monitors your breathing, oxygen rates, heart rate, and movement, which is then reviewed by a sleeping specialist. If the patient is diagnosed with sleep apnea, Dr. Cook can then make an oral appliance to wear (TAP3 or DNA) for treatment.
To learn more about sleep apnea treatment and to schedule your consultation with our dentist, call our practice today.