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Regular Check-Ups

An Analogy
Think of your annual check-up at SleepWell Solutions like going to the dentist or doctor for your annual check-up. When you see the dentist, he checks your teeth for cavities. He is able to catch them early before they become a big problem. Likewise, your doctor gives you tests when you see her every year. She measures your blood pressure and your cholesterol. If she notices a problem, she may start you on medication or give you advice on how to keep your heart healthy.

Part of being healthy is making sure that any health problems you have do not get worse over time. Because changes can occur that affect your snoring and sleep apnea, SleepWell Solutions wants to ensure that your chosen therapy continues to be effective and that your TAP appliance is working properly.

SleepWell Solutions strongly recommends that all patients return to our office for a regular check-up

    • Every six months for the first year
    • Once a year after first year

What Happens at a Check-Up Appointment?
A check-up at SleepWell Solutions is a short appointment to make sure that your treatment is working, that your sleep disordered breathing is well managed and that your condition is stable.

There are two steps to the annual check-up.

  • An overnight, home sleep study (prior to your appointment)
  • The check-up appointment1

At your check-up, the doctor will2

  • Ask how well the device is working for you and if any new symptoms have developed
  • Evaluate the TAP for wear and tear
  • Examine your mouth, teeth and bite
  • Review your sleep study for any change in snoring and/or sleep apnea
  • Make any necessary adjustments to the TAP
  • Recommend additional therapy, if needed

References
1Patients being treated for snoring may choose not to have a home sleep study prior to the check-up.
2Kushida CA et al. (2006) Practice Parameters for the Treatment of Snoring and Obstructive Sleep Apnea with Oral Appliances: An Update for 2005. Sleep, Vol. 29, No. 2, p. 240-243.

 

 
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