2 Ways to Increase Patient Satisfaction at Your Dental Practice

When it comes to customer satisfaction, it’s not simply excellent customer service, or clinical competency that is going to render high customer satisfaction, but the combination of both. Even if you are the best dentist in the field, you’re not going to keep customers if the service end of your practice is lacking. In fact, according to Linda Drevenstedt, an expert in the field, those who have a high level of patient satisfaction have an average of 10% higher profits.

This doesn’t mean having mediocre or sufficient customer satisfaction will help your practice to grow, as dissatisfied customers are likely to tell at least 11 other people about their unpleasant experience, yet a patient has to be extremely satisfied in order to share a positive experience with others. This is the reason it is so important to have the highest patient satisfaction rate possible. If a practice is able to increase their customer satisfaction rate to such a level, Drevenstedt continues, 70% of people will be willing to pay extra for services. How does one achieve such a level of customer satisfaction? Here are 2 tips to increase patient satisfaction at your dental practice:

Stay Positive, Enthusiastic and Personable

One of the biggest complaints from dissatisfied patients is a dentist who will not talk to them on their level. Someone who uses technical jargon, shows a lack of interest or enthusiasm, speaks in a condescending tone, in long monologues, or fails to build rapport will likely give patients a reason for dissatisfaction with services. Patients like to feel valued and respected, and not like they’re just another number in the database.

Taking the time to explain procedures and insurance, and respecting patients’ need for privacy by discussing financial matters in a non-public space is something that could go a long way with satisfaction. Another way to keep patients happy is punctuality. Patients tend to become unhappy if they are kept waiting longer than ten minutes. They also associate great clinical competence with customer service, so if they’re treated well and engaged by staff, they’ll likely view their procedure in a more positive light, according to Dr. Roger Levin.

Create An Excellent Patient Experience

One of the best ways to increase patient satisfaction is to provide them with an experience that surpasses their expectations, according to Dr. Levin. This could begin with small things such as remembering a personal detail each time they come in, placing beverage service in the waiting room, and building rapport by taking some time to talk about something personal before going straight to business.

Another way to create an excellent experience for patients is by training staff to be prepared to answer all patient questions and concerns with competence and care. There could be a training manual for staff so that they know each and every task required in boosting patient satisfaction, and have a chance to practice before their first patient interaction. Planned out answers to frequently asked questions and protocols could help assist in achieving a higher level of patient satisfaction.

Each and every little thing staff does to enhance the comfort of the patient and their overall satisfaction with their experience can go a long way. Would you care for more assistance in creating a more positive experience for your patients? Dental Billing Sleep Solutions offers services to help streamline your dental billing process; freeing up valuable time you and your employees may use to increase patient satisfaction.

Using Social Media to Bring New Clients to Your Dental Practice

Social media is a great way to bring in new clients to your dental practice. In fact, for most of your current and prospective client base, social media is their number one resource for purchasing decisions. 71% say that they’d be more likely to become a customer based upon social media referrals, according to Diana Friedman of Dentistry IQ. This just goes to show that through creating a strong online presence, you can position yourself on social media in a way that strengthens ties with your current customer base, while bringing in new patients.

Facebook & Twitter

Facebook allows businesses to create customizable pages that feature their services and brand in a positive way to bring in new customers. Practices may post a variety of relevant multimedia content to educate current and prospective patients and engage with them. This site has over 1 billion users worldwide, and active users tend to spend an average of 55 minutes on the site per day.

42% of all active 200 million Twitter users rely on the site to inform them when it comes to making purchasing decisions. Engaging in just seconds is easy when sending tweets of 140 characters or less.

Social Media Takes Time

One of the biggest things missed by so many experts is the fact that social media marketing takes time, according to Sam Weisz of Dentistry IQ. It takes time to build the perfect ambiance online, and to be disciplined and consistent with delivering quality content that provides value for potential and current patients, educates them, engages them and allows for a wonderful social community to grow. Just like anything that grows, patience and the proper nutrients are key. So often we find ourselves becoming focused solely on ROI, shares, hits and likes, rather than the growth of the community as a whole.

Create Compelling Content

Creating content that compels others to read it is key in marketing your dental practice. Showcase content that reinforces your brand, engages with your patients and gives word-of-mouth referrals. Before you know if you will have a strong community built up around you. You may even offer deals for those who follow or like your social media page for their next visit. Incentives, contests, behind-the-scenes pictures and customer reviews are all great pieces of content to showcase, as are educational articles that are brand relevant. If you’re short on time you may always hire a professional team of digital marketers to help pave the way for you. Or you may call DBSS to handle your dental billing so you can focus on developing an online social media presence that will bring your practice success.

3 Ways to Run a More Efficient Dental Practice

When it comes to running a dental practice, efficiency is often times key to attracting and keeping quality patients. From the daily running of business to the ways inventory, accounting and scheduling are conducted, everything you and staff do contribute to the overall efficiency of the practice – in one way or another. How does one keep business flowing at an optimal rate? With the following three tips you could be on your way toward running a dental practice that is full of patients who keep coming back.

Organize

Organization is key to running a successful and efficient dental practice. This begins with the basics such as data entry and file storage procedures. Everything in the office should be organized and easy to find. If everything has a place and is kept there, everyone should have the necessary tools they need to work as efficiently as possible. Inventory should be organized and stocked. The dental office should be clean and have a positive energy flow, perhaps with some tasteful décor and pleasant, soothing effects. Keeping a clean and organized space can improve the overall work-flow of staff, and mood of patients

Streamline/Digitize

When it comes to everyday tasks such as scheduling and billing, they can become rather time consuming. Streamlining this into an automated system digitally can save employees valuable time that could be spent helping patients and the overall work-flow. Giving patients the option of scheduling appointments online can save valuable time, as can automating the billing through a digital software program. There are even scheduling programs for managing staff schedules online. This makes the process of requesting time off, swapping shifts and obtaining a weekly schedule much easier, as the program organizes the information for you.

Build

In order to develop a successful, efficient practice, one must constantly be building toward success. This includes expanding the team of staff, extending hours and scheduling as many clients per day as possible. When organization and streamlined principles come into play with building, it entails staying on top of the things like daily appointments, and updating any cancellations or reschedules, no-shows, and filling the spaces with last minute requests and walk-ins. Making the most of time and not having dead time is key. Other things such as marketing services and boosting employee morale can help your practice become as successful and efficient as possible.

5 Ways to Market your Dental Practice

In this day and age, competition in the marketplace is fierce and the business world can be cut throat. The same can be said of the health care industry. Several providers may be competing for the same market share, and who do you think is going to win? The one with the best marketing strategy. Getting your name out there so people remember your brand the next time they have a toothache or need a cleaning is the best way to ensure your practice long-term success.

Google Search

Now that we’ve established a need for marketing your dental practice, what’s the best way to go about it? There are a variety of ways dentists are marketing their services today, and they should be catered to your own practice’s needs. A good way to determine what those needs are is by conducting research on yourself. Google search the services you provide in your area and see what comes up. Are you listed in the mix and, if so, how many pages must you scroll through before you find your site? If it isn’t listed on the first page, chances are your potential patients will not see it.

Strategic Marketing Plan

Strategically marketing your business to fill in the gaps you discovered when you researched yourself will give you an advantage. Once you search for your services, try looking for your name, or the name of your practice. If it doesn’t come up, you should definitely be doing something to market yourself. Something may even come up that’s negative, such as a bad customer review. This is something that can be combated through strategic marketing.Hipster Writing SEO Concepts on his Note

Website

Every successful practice should have a website. One of the primary purposes of your website is to encourage new patients to call. Your website should have a link available on each page directing them to your contact information. You may even want to offer a space for patients to leave reviews.

Social Media

Branching out into social media is never a bad idea for marketing your practice. Studies have shown that when people are looking for a good doctor or service provider, they rely heavily on social media, often looking toward others in their circle of friends to see if they’ve tried a particular service. If a person they know and trust likes you, they’ll be more inclined to give you a try.

Business Cards

The age-old method of passing out business cards is still an effective strategy. Wherever you go during your day, bring a stack of business cards with you. Before handing one out, jot down a short note, including the person’s name you’re giving it to. This will leave a lasting impression that will make them want to hold onto your card.

Be the Expert

If you want to be respected as an expert in your city, present yourself to the world as the expert. You can do this through effective PR and marketing tactics that form positive collaborations within your community, strategically placing you in a positive public light. This image should be maintained through your digital marketing content and voice.

Are you looking for an extra boost for your marketing efforts? Try teaming up with Dental Billing Sleep Solutions. You’ll join a professional network that markets your services between sleep centers, DME providers, other dentists, doctors, and patients. There’s no better marketing than positive word-of-mouth, and that’s what you’ll get with us on your side.

3 Dental Procedures Your Patients Want You To Have at Your Practice

In this age of innovative technology advancement, it’s important to stay up to date and ahead of the pack if you’d like your practice to achieve and maintain excellence. There are a number of new technological advancements available for dentists today that may significantly change the way patients view dental visits. If a dentist can provide options for a pain-free, minimally invasive experience, it may increase the client base and their frequency of visits. Below are three dental procedures your patients want you to have at your practice, even if they don’t know it yet.

OSA Treatment

Obstructive Sleep Apnea is one of the most common sleep disorders, and it can even become life-threatening. A large majority of sleep disorders, such as OSA, go undiagnosed in the United States. In fact, a report by the Institute of Medicine found that 50 to 70 million people in the U.S. suffer from a sleep disorder of chronic nature.

According to the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine, this costs our economy $150 billion per year in lost work productivity from excessive daytime sleepiness. It then costs us another $48 billion annually from automobile accidents caused by “drowsy driving.” In fact, approximately 20% (one in five) car accidents that cause serious injury is associated with “drowsy driving.”

Before dental sleep treatment can begin, a patient must be diagnosed by a board-certified doctor of sleep medicine through a sleep study conducted at an AASM-accredited sleep center. Once this has been done, a dentist can:

  • Conduct oral appliance therapy

  • Recommend upper airway surgery

Oral appliance therapy involves fitting a patient’s mouth with a custom mouth piece for significantly reducing the symptoms to a mild or moderate level. This device will either help keep the tongue forward or support the jaw forward.

If the mouth piece and other treatment methods are not working to a tolerable degree, upper airway surgery recommendations may be necessary. Depending on the location of the obstruction causing the OSA (there are various causes unique to each case) there may be a minimally invasive, or more intrusive procedure recommended. Surgery to remove the tonsils, or other parts of the soft palate and throat may be necessary to eliminate symptoms.

New Tooth Decay Treatment

Dentist and nurse examining a scared patient in dental clinicResearchers from King’s College in London are working on a new device that has the ability to repair teeth through sending electrical currents into the teeth that boost regeneration and repair. This could eliminate the need for cavities in cases of new tooth decay when the tooth hasn’t lost too much enamel or dentin. There is a similar device being executed by Harvard engineers that accomplishes the same result through low-powered light triggering stem cells to repair the tooth. Getting ahead of the pack on these new technologies after clinical trials and safety approvals could seriously boost your practice.

Laser Dentistry

Laser technology provides painless options for may dental procedures, and is fast and effective. Let’s face it, patients want the most pain-free, fast and simple dentist experience possible. If you could provide such a service, why not?

Give us a call today if you’d like our assistance in improving your patients’ experiences. We can help with your billing, and eliminate some headache so you can focus on what matters most: caring for your patients.

Benefits of the Home Sleep Study Vs. the Polysomnograph

Typically, when someone has a difficult time reaching REM sleep, they’re left with feelings of unrest and fatigue. A way to diagnose whether or not someone is suffering from a sleep disorder is to undergo an in-lab polysomnograph, aka, an overnight sleep study.

An alternative method has been growing in popularity as of late: conducting sleep studies at home. According to Sharon O’Brien of the Clinical Advisor, insurance companies have been promoting at-home studies instead of polysomnographs due to the fact that they’re more cost effective.

While conducting a personal sleep study at home may be more convenient and affordable, it isn’t necessarily the best option for everyone concerned with symptoms of a sleep disorder. There are a number of benefits to both the polysomnograph and the home sleep study, especially when they’re being used to test for obstructive sleep apnea. There are certain patients and situations that would most benefit from a home study, and others that require a polysomnograph.

Benefits of the Home Sleep Study:

One of the most common sleep orders tested for is obstructive sleep apnea. If a patient is fairly certain they have OSA, and exhibit no other symptoms of any co-morbid disorders, a home study may be an option. Home sleep studies are highly beneficial when a patient:

•    Is immobile/home-bound
•    Feels too ill to travel to a sleep lab
•    Is located in an area that lacks in quality sleep centers
•    Suffers solely from symptoms of OSA

Another benefit of a home study is the fact that a patient is likely to be more comfortable sleeping at home than in a laboratory, and perhaps a clearer image of what their sleeping patterns look like can be attained at home vs. a lab environment.

Some concerns to consider before opting for a home test include the fact that 20% of tests experience technical malfunctioning, requiring a repeat test. If you want accurate results fast, a polysomnograph may be the best option—after all, it’s still considered the gold standard in testing for OSA. There are other sleep disorders that an at-home test could fail to detect. These include:

•    REM sleep behavior disorder
•    Various parasomnias
•    Bruxism
•    Nocturnal seizures detected via abnormal brain waves
•    Periodic limb movements

If you’re unsure about the nature of your sleep disorder, a polysomnograph may be your best bet. In the event that the symptoms are more complicated that just OSA, but present additional co-morbid affects or another disorder all-together, the posysomnograph will detect it.

This method is far more reliable than the home method, as there are professionals monitoring the equipment and administering the test. With an at-home test, the patients must administer it themselves, or with the assistance of their caregiver.

Do you often feel fatigued after a full night of sleep? You might be suffering from OSA or another sleep disorder.

If you’re concerned about the quality of sleep your getting, a polysomnograph or home test may be right for you.

If you want more information, or would like some assistance, give us a call at (800) 561-0693 today. From choosing the best test option to assisting with billing the insurance companies, we’re happy to help.

When is Surgery an Appropriate Option for Treating OSA?

When it comes to treating obstructive sleep apnea, surgery is often a last resort for those who failed to see improvement with other treatments. This is something an ear, nose and throat doctor would recommend in extreme cases. It’s also recommended that patients seek more than one opinion, as very few random clinical trials measuring the long-term effectiveness of surgery have been done.

Many doctors recommend that clients try Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) therapy before opting for surgery.

CPAP has been highly effective in treating many cases of OSA. There are, however, cases that may respond better to surgery if CPAP is not as effective as hoped for. It’s important to note that even with surgery, a patient may be required to continue with CPAP afterward.

There are several surgeries available for treating OSA, and the best surgery for each person truly depends on the unique medical condition of each patient.

Surgeries typically used to treat OSA are:

Uvulopalatopharyngoplasty (UPPP)

  • Mostly beneficial when the problem lies solely within the soft palate
  • 50-65% success rates
  • Painful surgery: Recovery may take weeks
  • Several risky complications include:
    • Difficulty swallowing
    • Mucus
    • Infection
    • Difficulty keeping liquids out of airways due to decreased function in soft palate and throat muscles
    • Voice frequency changes
    • Failure and recurrence, CPAP becomes less effective
    • Regurgitating fluids through mouth and nose
    • Weakened sense of smell

Laser Assisted Uvulopalatoplasty (LAUP)

  • Used to reduce snoring
  • Modest long-term success rates for treatment of OSA
  • Doesn’t always improve symptoms, and could actually worsen them (according to the American Academy of Sleep Medicine).

Pillar Palatal Implant

  • Ten minute procedure in doctor’s office
  • Three pieces of polyester string are inserted into the soft palate
  • Mostly used to reduce snoring
  • No evidence supporting long-term effects of treating OSA

Tracheostomy

  • Only performed if OSA is life threatening
  • Used to be only treatment for OSA
  • Requires throat opening the size of a quarter
  • Surgeons make an opening in the neck into the windpipe and insert a tube
  • Several potential medical and psychological risks associated with recovery
  • Nearly 100% success rates

Removing Tonsils and Adenoids in Children

  • This is most effective at treating OSA in children
  • Respiratory illness is the most common complication, affecting 25% of patients

Additional Surgical Procedures

  • There are additional procedures available for more specific issues that may be causing OSA, such as conditions that obstruct the airways and facial abnormalities.
  • Surgeries done to correct such conditions include:
    • Genioplasty: Plastic surgery of the chin
    • Radiofrequency ablation (RFA): Reduction of the palate or tongue
    • Hyoid advancement surgery: The movable bone under the chin is pushed forward, moving the tongue forward with it.
    • Genioglossus (tongue advancement): An opening is cut where the jawbone and tongue connect, and the entire area is moved forward.
    • Maxillomandibular advanacement (MMA): The upper (maxilla) or the lower (mandible) jawbone are moved forward.
      Nasal obstruction surgeries: Corrects nasal obstructions such as deviated septums.

According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, of all the surgical procedures listed, very little evidence exists showing long-term effectiveness in treating OSA. Many of these procedures are new, and very little clinical trials have been done to measure their efficacy.

If you’re seeking relief from a sleep disorder you don’t have to suffer anymore. Give us a call today at (800) 561-0693. There may be a dental procedure or surgery that’s right for you. From putting you in touch with the right care to billing the insurance companies, we’re here to help.

5 Most Common Sleep Disorders

We all know sleep is essential for maintaining a healthy mind, body and weight. But getting enough sleep can be challenging for many, and there are a variety of disorders that can prevent or interfere with a good night’s rest. Here are the five most common:

Obstructive Sleep Apnea

Obstructive Sleep Apnea is actually the most common sleep disorder. It results when the throat muscles either partially or fully relax during sleep, thus blocking the airway and causing disruptions in breathing for 10 seconds or longer. CPAP Machine for Obstructive Sleep Apnea

When a person stops breathing, the oxygen levels in the blood drop, activating the brain to start breathing again. The person will wake up gasping, snorting or choking. This often goes unnoticed and undiagnosed, but can leave one feeling tired upon waking and throughout the day.

Studies found that 1 in 4 men and 1 in 10 women stop breathing more than five times per hour during sleep. While not all sleep disruptions are a result of sleep apnea, remember that it’s one of the most common disorders.

It can affect one’s ability to concentrate throughout the day, increase the likelihood for car accidents 3 to 7 times, and create a higher risk of heart disease, high blood pressure, stroke and early death. To diagnose sleep apnea, patients can participate in sleep studies or measure their ability to breathe throughout the night at home.

 

Insomnia

Insomnia occurs when a person consistently has a difficult time falling asleep, or continuously wakes up during the night, or early in the morInsomnianing, with difficulty going back to sleep.

Insomnia can be chronic or temporary. Temporary Insomnia occurs in instances of adjustment, emotional disturbance and stress. Chronic insomnia occurs for at least three nights per week, for more a month.

There are a variety of factors that can contribute to insomnia, including medications, age (those over 65 have a greater risk), stimulants, and daytime naps. Four of out 10 adults report issues with insomnia, and it’s more prevalent in women than men.

 

Restless Leg Syndrome (RLS)

Restless Leg Syndrome occurs when a person lies down to sleep and feels discomfort or restlessness in their legs. Discomfort presents with sensations of a tingling, prickly, crawling or pulling nature and many will move their legs to find temporary relief. This movement can disrupt one’s sleep dramatically.

A variety of factors can cause this disorder, from genetics to low iron. RLS affects approximately 10% of the population, and only 20-30% require treatment. It’s very common in pregnant women, affecting 20%. Research shows RLS worsens over time, presenting symptoms daily after age 50.

Narcolepsy

For the average person, REM sleep is typically reached after 90 minutes. A person with narcolepsy, however, reaches REM sleep immediately and randomly throughout the day, coupled with spontaneous muscle paralysis and vivid dreams.

These symptoms—in addition to hallucinations, slurred speech, and loss of muscle tone—make tasks, such as driving or operating heavy machinery, extremely dangerous. The onset of symptoms tends to follow intense emotions, such as laughter, anger or surprise. Narcolepsy affects one in 2,000 people, according to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, and is roughly as prevalent as MS and Parkinson’s disease.

Narcolepsy is more prevalent in some countries than others. It affects 1 in 600 people in Japan, for example, and 1 in 5,000 people in Israel.

In the U.S., approximately 125,000-200,000 people suffer from narcolepsy, yet only an average of 50,000 are diagnosed.

Night Terrors and Sleepwalking

This is most common in children ages 3-12. Night terrors can occur during REM sleep or not. They may cause kicking, jumping, fighting, or even sleepwalking in the child. A racing heartbeat and an inability to fully wake up while in a state of terror are common amongst children who experience these. Night terrors often result out of stress, or a traumatic event.

If you think you may be suffering from one of these disorders, we recommend consulting your doctor and seeking treatment options. Not sure where to start? We welcome you to contact Dental Billing Sleep Solutions today. We can be reached at 800-561-0693.

How Weight Loss Impacts Obstructive Sleep Apnea

There’s a strong correlation between those afflicted with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) and obesity, according to researchers. In fact, they’ve estimated that as much as 45% of adults with obesity also suffer from obstructive sleep apnea, though there are additional factors that contribute to this disorder as well—such as a deviated septum, large tonsils, and even a severely receded chin, as reported by the National Sleep Foundation.

Weight Loss and OSA

How does weight loss impact obstructive sleep apnea?

Several researchers discovered that intense weight-loss-geared workouts correlated to longer periods of remission from OSA.

However, those with OSA tend to gain weight more easily than those without OSA, due to the fact that decreased sleep affects the body’s metabolic rate. This makes losing weight with the disorder much more difficult. In fact, according to the National Sleep Foundation, there are extreme cases in which obstructive sleep apnea will slow the metabolic rate to the point that it isn’t Obstruction Sleep Apneapossible for a person to lose weight at all.

When this happens, a person can seek other methods of treating OSA, such as continuous positive airway pressure, which is the most common method of treatment. Once a person is better able to manage their sleep patterns, they will likely have an easier time achieving weight loss.

Sometimes patients opt for weight loss as a treatment modality. Studies have shown this enables a person to achieve overall health benefits beyond simply getting a better night’s rest, including lower blood pressure, healthier joints, and lower risk for heart disease and diabetes.

 

OSA and Mental Health

A person who suffers from OSA is likely to experience an imbalance in the levels of neurotransmitters in the brain. Increased levels of depressionSerotonin molecule as a neurotransmitter in the human brain. Dig and other mood disorders may result from this, which can also contribute to weight gain.

During sleep, our brains are able to naturally reset and rebalance neurotransmitter levels, such as serotonin and dopamine, which contribute to mood. Getting consistent, uninterrupted REM sleep is the body’s natural way of stabilizing one’s mood, according to the American Psychological Association (APA). Exercise is also a healthy way of alleviating symptoms of mental illness.

The conundrum in all of this is that depression, in its atypical and melancholic forms, affect one’s sleep by either inducing hypersomnia (too much sleep) in atypical cases, or insomnia (not enough sleep) in melancholic cases.

Depressed moods also contribute to a person’s appetite, causing those who suffer from atypical depression to eat more, while those who have melancholic depression tend to eat less. Either will affect one’s metabolism, and ultimately affect the rate at which the person is able to burn calories. Of the above studies, it was noted that those who are obese don’t necessarily eat more, but tend to eat highly caloric foods and empty calories.

 

Conclusion

All in all, it’s safe to say that weight loss can combat obstructive sleep apnea, but additional treatment methods may be needed to help reach remission.

Do you suffer from obstructive sleep apnea? If so, a professional sleep study paired with exploring your treatment options may be necessary. Please give us a call today if you’d like some assistance: 800-561-0693.

Oral Appliance Therapy (OAT) vs. Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP)

Suffering from a sleep disorder can be one of the most frustrating conditions to live with. After all, it can affect every aspect of a person’s life, from mental, physical and emotional health, to personal relationships and your overall well-being.

For those struggling with a sleep disorder like obstructive sleep apnea—which is characterized by pauses in breathing while sleeping, according to the National Institutes of Health—finding a treatment option that works for you can provide much-needed relief and greatly improve your life.

If you’ve been exploring treatment options for obstructive sleep apnea, here’s what you need to know about oral appliance therapy (OAT) and continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP).

 

 

What is oral appliance therapy?

Oral appliance therapy, or OAT, is typically considered one of the most effective and simplest treatment options for patients who suffer from moderate or mild obstructive sleep apnea.

As its name implies, a small oral appliance device fits into a person’s mouth during sleeping hours, much as a retainer would.

It’s designed to keep the throat airway open during sleep, preventing the tongue and other soft tissues in the back of the throat from caving and, thus, allowing flow of air and preventing sleep apnea from occurring.

According to the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine, an oral appliance device may be used alone or in conjunction with other treatment options.

 

What is continuous positive airway pressure?

When compared to oral appliance therapy, continuous positive airway pressure, or CPAP, is more invasive, although an incredibly effective means of treating obstructive sleep apnea.

CPAP treatment relies on the use of a machine that pushes air into the lungs while you sleep, preventing a lapse in breathing from occurring.

One version of the device requires a mask that typically covers the nose, or the nose and mouth. The alternative is to skip the mask and instead fit two small prongs into the nasal cavity, which push air into the nose.

According to the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, the mild air pressure provided by a CPAP machine can prevent a person’s airways from collapsing or becoming blocked.

Because there are so many different types of CPAP machines and masks available, a patient who experiences discomfort with one machine can usually find another one that’s more suitable.

 

Contact Dental Billing Sleep Solutions for Your Obstructive Sleep Apnea Solutions Today

If you’re suffering from obstructive sleep apnea, we highly recommend undergoing a professional sleep study and seeking treatment options for your condition. If you’re not sure where to start, contact Dental Billing Sleep Solutions today. Our professional team members can be reached at 800-561-0693.

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