SUFFERING FROM SLEEP APNEA IN ROCKLAND COUNTY?
Do you snore? Have you often woken up after a full night’s sleep with a headache or feeling as if you haven’t rested at all? Like most people, you probably think snoring is merely an annoyance. You’re partly right; it is often annoying enough to cause a snorer’s bed partner to lose sleep – or worse, move to the guest room! But did you know that snoring could signal a serious disorder called Sleep Apnea?
Sleep apnea can aggravate many serious health problems and cause additional ones. Not everyone who snores has sleep apnea, but if you snore regularly, you might be at risk, and should come in for a free sleep evaluation. It’s worth getting informed to avoid serious health problems like diabetes, high blood pressure and dementia to name a few.
HOW DO I GET SCREENED FOR SLEEP APNEA?
Just answering some simple questions can allow Dr. Ollech to accurately predict whether or not you suffer from Sleep Apnea. If you screen positive, your likelihood of having Sleep Apnea is high. Then Dr. Ollech can arrange for an accurate test to be done in the comfort of your own bedroom.
If your test shows that you are simply snoring, Dr. Ollech can correct your habit with an oral appliance. If you have Sleep Apnea, Dr. Ollech offers customized, comfortable and effective oral appliance that will successfully treat this serious condition, at her Rockland County dental practice.
HOME SLEEP TESTING
Sleep Apnea is diagnosed by a physical exam and thorough health history followed by a sleep test. This test can be done overnight in the privacy of your home. The test will monitor your breathing, blood oxygen levels and heart rate while you sleep and will be interpreted by a Board Certified Sleep Physician. Most medical insurance plans, including Medicare will pay for this process 100%. If you have one of the few plans that don’t cover sleep testing, we can make a test available to you at a reasonable cost – that’s how much Dr. Ollech cares about helping you get the facts about Sleep Apnea.
If your test shows that you have SEVERE Sleep Apnea and are at higher risk for health problems (called “comorbidities”) that can go along with it, you may be sent to a sleep lab for a more detailed overnight test and have other treatment options recommended to you. Whatever the result, Dr. Ollech is here to listen to your concerns and find the right treatment for you.
WHAT IF I DON’T GET TREATED?
Left untreated, sleep apnea can lead to exhaustion that may cause motor vehicle accidents. Being deprived of the sleep stages your body and brain need to rejuvenate and repair, can lead to heart disease, diabetes, stroke, depression, impaired memory and other cognitive function, loss of sex drive, increased appetite and inability to lose weight.
The good news is that there are comfortable alternatives that dentists use to treat sleep apnea today. In order to treat sleep apnea effectively, you want a professional who has the proper training and experience to recognize signs and symptoms and advise you about your options.
EXPERTISE COMBINED WITH COMPASSION
Dr. Ollech has studied with sleep experts across the country to prepare her to best address your needs. Her practice, Sleep Solutions of Rockland, has been named a Qualified Practice by the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine. She is a member of many Sleep Dentistry organizations and passed the Diplomate exam of the American Sleep and Breathing Academy. Dr. Ollech cares about Rocklanders and does presentations in various venues about the importance of good sleep for optimal health.
Dr. Ollech will take the time to listen to your sleep story and combine it with clinical findings to determine your individual treatment. She has been educated in the use of multiple oral appliances, enabling her to select and customize one that specifically meets your needs. Her Sleep Coordinators are highly trained and will work closely with you to make sure you get treated successfully, and give your bedtime story a happy, healthy ending. To learn more about how Dr. Ollech can help you or someone you love deal with sleep apnea, contact or call our office to schedule your consultation today.