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Your Consultation With Our Dentists

Learning About Sleep Apnea

Obstructive Sleep Apnea There’s a lot of confusion about sleep apnea. People generally know it’s related to snoring, but many patients don’t realize that sleep apnea is a serious medical condition that’s been linked to medical conditions such as strokes, hypertension, and type 2 diabetes.


If you notice common sleep apnea symptoms such as loud snoring or you’re feeling tired, moody, or lethargic during the day, it’s time to call our dentists in Vista, CA to schedule your consultation. Our experienced sleep dentists will make sure you get the correct diagnosis and the treatment that’s right for you.

Getting the Right Care

Our dentists have special knowledge about the airway, the part of your body where sleep apnea occurs. When you meet with one of our dentists, he’ll examine your teeth and airway, looking for signs of sleep apnea. He’ll also ask you some questions about the type of sleep you’re getting and the way you’re feeling during the day.


Your Take-Home Sleep Apnea Test

The next step is getting a sleep study. This test, also known as a polysomnogram, is commonly conducted overnight at a sleep center. But many of our patients prefer to use our take-home sleep test from Ares, which is much more convenient.


The Ares home sleep test is a lightweight wireless device that you wear on your forehead for two consecutive nights. The information from your sleep test will be reviewed by a board-certified sleep physician.


If it turns out that you’re suffering from sleep apnea, you’ll be provided with a prescription so you can get the proper treatment. Many of our patients find relief using our quiet and comfortable oral appliances.


Have Your Questions Ready

Your consultation with one of our dentists is a great opportunity to learn more about sleep apnea and our available treatment options. It’s also a chance to get to know your dentist a little better and find out about his professional qualifications.


Having a list of questions ready will make the process easier for you. Possible questions for a potential sleep dentist include:

  • - What are the causes and symptoms of sleep apnea?
  • - Does everyone who snores loudly have sleep apnea?
  • - If it turns out I don’t have sleep apnea, can you still treat my snoring?
  • - Will insurance cover the cost of my treatment?
  • - Do you belong to any professional associations related to sleep dentistry?
  • - Do you have any treatment options that are more convenient than CPAP?
  • - Can I take my sleep test at home?


Meet Your Dentist in Vista Today

If you think that you or someone you care about could be suffering from sleep apnea, call 760-666-6554 to schedule a consultation with one of our dentists right away. Relief is closer than you think.

Frequently Asked Questions

What if I snore, but I don’t have sleep apnea?

At West Coast Snore and Sleep Apnea Solutions, we specialize in treating patients who are suffering from interrupted sleep patterns due to snoring and sleep apnea. If a sleep physician has confirmed that you are free of sleep apnea, we can still solve your snoring problems with a custom-fitted oral appliance.

Whether you’re suffering from sleep apnea or snoring, you shouldn’t wait to receive treatment. For the sake of your health and the well-being of your relationship, it’s best to seek help and begin reversing the long-term damage.

Does insurance cover sleep apnea treatment?

Insurance will usually cover a portion of the sleep study and treatment. For a better understanding of your coverage, we recommend contacting your provider for the details of your benefits prior to your appointment. If there are any questions we can answer, don’t hesitate to call us at (760) 940-2273 and one of our helpful team members will be happy to assist you.

What are the benefits of using the ARES at-home sleep test?

ARES is comfortable and designed to be worn in every sleeping position for added comfort. When participating in an at-home sleep study, the results offer a better understanding of your breathing patterns in your own environment.

Audio and visual indicators notify the user when ARES needs to be adjusted, making it more reliable. If you’re interested in taking a at-home ARES sleep study to determine if you have sleep apnea, contact our office to schedule a consultation by calling (760) 940-2273.

Can I develop sleep apnea as an older adult?

Sleep apnea can occur at any age, from infants to centenarians. In children, it’s most commonly due to enlarged tonsils and lymphatic tissues called adenoids. Sleep apnea can manifest on its own or as a result of another medical condition.

No matter the cause of your sleep apnea, it’s important to treat the disorder and reduce the risk of long-term consequences. If you’re suffering from symptoms related to sleep apnea, schedule a consultation with Dr. Henninger by calling (760) 940-2273. During the consultation, he’ll examine your mouth and throat and determine if you would benefit from a sleep study.

What should I bring to my first appointment?

In addition to bringing any questions you may have for Dr. Henninger, you’ll want to bring your insurance card and state ID. It’s best to arrive 15 minutes prior to your appointment to fill out the necessary paperwork.

If you have any questions about your insurance coverage, we recommend contacting your provider prior to your appointment. If there are any questions or concerns you have, please contact our office by calling (760) 940-2273. We look forward to meeting you.