What to Expect at Oral Appliance Consultation

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Do You Know What to Expect at an Oral Appliance Consultation? Learn about how we listen to our patients and learn about their sleep concerns and issues, and then help them learn more about sleep apnea, and the options available to them at Pittsburgh Dental Sleep Medicine. Here’s a sneak peek at how our practice consults with potential patients.

Wexford location offices
Most individuals who come to our office have already determined that they suffer from sleep apnea, and have obtained an evaluation by their physician which states their formal diagnosis based on a medical sleep study.

*Note: If you have not taken this step, speak to your physician and request a sleep study  to test for sleep apnea. After you have a sleep evaluation from your doctor, then you can schedule an oral appliance consultation at one of our network locations. Our office is in Wexford. We also participate with most insurance plans. Call 724.935.6670 to schedule an appointment.

Wexford location reception area
Once you arrive at our office, you are greeted by one of our office receptionists. Here you will fill out any forms you haven’t filled out already. All patient forms are available on our website in case you wish to fill them out prior to your appointment. We value your time and therefore don’t have a waiting room. We simply have a reception area, where you will sign in and then be received very shortly afterwards.

Wexford location consultation room
After that, one of our medical professionals will escort you to our Oral Appliance Consultation Room. Here, you will sit down with Dr. Rogers, and then we will show you a short film we developed to help share our treatment options and provide a quick overview of sleep apnea. After having watched the video,  Dr. Rogers will answer any questions you may have, discuss your sleep apnea condition, review your medical status, and then share information about the advantages, limitations and risks of oral appliance therapy. Dr. Rogers will tell you about the various appliances we have available and how the process works here at Pittsburgh Dental Sleep Medicine.

Then, you will go down the hall, where we take an x-ray of your teeth and jaw joint. We will thoroughly exam your teeth, jaw joint, and bite. We will take impressions of your teeth, and take a photograph of your bite to help create your unique oral appliance.

After your teeth, jaw joint, and bite are thoroughly recorded, your first appointment with the Pittsburgh Dental Sleep Medicine is complete. We will then schedule your second session. In total, you will visit us three times to complete your first oral appliance therapy session. The first appointment is for learning about our options and you. The second appointment is when you will receive your oral appliance and we will custom fit the oral appliance for you. During your second visit is also when you will learn how to use and care for your new oral appliance.

We then schedule your third appointment about 4 weeks after you receive your new oral appliance. This third appointment is a follow-up visit so we can monitor the effects of the appliance, and make any necessary adjustments to ensure your comfort and the effectiveness of the device.

Our main priority at Pittsburgh Dental Sleep Medicine is to help you live better by providing effective options to treat sleep apnea. We pride ourselves on our experience in practicing sleep medicine, and our unwavering commitment to our patients health above all.
To learn more about the accomplished sleep doctors in our network, visit our About Us page. Thank you for your interest in the PDSM practice. If you are individual seeking a viable solution for your sleep apnea, you have come to the right place

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