Poulsbo, WA Cosmetic Dentist
Modern Dentistry
19301 8th Avenue NE
Poulsbo, WA 98370
(360) 779-3958

What is a sleep disorder?

A sleep disorder is something that prevents you from getting a good night’s sleep. Sleep disorders are common, though you may not know you have a sleep disorder because its symptoms have become a part of your everyday life.

What is sleep apnea?

Sleep apnea is a serious sleep disorder that means you have difficulty breathing while asleep. Anyone can have sleep apnea, even children.

Symptoms of sleep apnea include:

  • Headaches
  • Lack of energy
  • Daytime sleepiness
  • Snoring
  • Difficulty falling asleep and staying asleep
  • Difficulty breathing while asleep

What problems can sleep apnea cause?

Having sleep apnea means more than being tired. Sleep apnea can significantly affect your quality of life and long-term health.

Sleep apnea can cause:

  • Poor performance in work or school
  • Forgetfulness
  • Irritability
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • High blood pressure
  • Diabetes
  • Stroke
  • Heart failure and heart attacks

How do I know if I have sleep apnea?

The best way to determine whether you have sleep apnea is for you to complete a sleep study. Either Modern Dentistry or your doctor can refer you to a sleep center to complete the study. After a sleep center physician reviews the results of your sleep study, he or she may suggest oral appliance therapy at Modern Dentistry.

If I have sleep apnea, how can Modern Dentistry help?

The team at Modern Dentistry has advanced training in dental sleep medicine. We use a well -tested approach to treat sleep apnea using an oral appliance, a small dental device that you wear in your mouth while you sleep. It treats sleep apnea by opening your airway so you can breathe better during sleep.

Modern Dentistry will use the information from your sleep study to customize your oral appliance. Once your oral appliance fits comfortably, you will return to the sleep center for a follow up sleep study and minor adjustments to your oral appliance. After just a few adjustments, your oral appliance will open your airway so you can breathe easier and get a better night's sleep.

Benefits of oral appliance therapy include:

  • Comfortable device that is specifically designed for you
  • Possible reduction in snoring, and improvement in sleep and overall health
  • Effective treatment alternative to using a CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) machine

Will my insurance cover treatment for sleep apnea?

Oral appliance therapy is typically covered by your medical insurance. Modern Dentistry will work with you and your insurance company to determine your coverage prior to beginning treatment.

If I have sleep apnea, how can Modern Dentistry help?

Treating sleep apnea involves opening your airway so you can breathe better during sleep. Modern Dentistry
uses a well-tested approach to treat sleep apnea using a dental device to help keep your airway open.

Benefits of this approach include:

  • Comfortable device that is specifically designed for you
  • Treatment is an effective alternative to using a CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) machine
  • Treatment is typically covered by your medical insurance

After Modern Dentistry reviews the results from your sleep screening, we can provide you with more
information and a detailed plan for treatment.

Jeromy A. Peterson, DDS

Jeromy A. Peterson, DDS"I remember our family dentist. He knew everything about our family's oral health history, and that made us feel completely comfortable. We knew we were receiving high-quality, personalized care. That's the kind of dentist I want to be for you and your family."
 

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R. Scott Puhn, DDS, PS

R. Scott Puhn, DDS, PSDr. Puhn is a well respected dentist who has been serving the Poulsbo area for over 25 years. Dr. Puhn puts his patients at ease with his easy going manner, dedication to patient comfort and expertise of his craft.
 

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