Complete Family Dentistry | Snoring and Sleep Apnea in Lafayette

Complete Family Dentistry | Lalit G. Thanki, DDS | Jyoti L. Thank, DMD

3231 Kaliste Saloom Rd
Lafayette, LA 70508
(337) 981-9848

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Snoring and Sleep Apnea
 

SLEEP FORMS

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Snoring Isn't Sexy, Lafayette LA

Snoring Isn't Sexy And It Isn't Healthy

Snoring really isn't sexy. Neither is cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, stroke, depression and even erectile dysfunction. Nor are the accidents caused by the drowsy driving related to sleep apnea. And now a new study has shown that loud snoring itself can have devastating consequences. An article published in March, 2008 stated that loud snorers had 40% greater odds of having hypertension, 34 % greater odds of having a heart attack and 67 % greater odds of having a stroke than people who did not snore.

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It doesn't matter if you are a man or woman (although men do snore more), or young or old or thin or heavy, snoring and sleep apnea can affect everyone - even young children! Snoring can be a sign of obstructive sleep apnea. It's not just unsexy. It's unhealthy. But you're not alone, which is why we've created this resource.

Increased Stroke Risk If You Snore

Did you know that you face a 75% increased risk of stroke if you snore? Just another reason why snoring should no longer be considered a joke.

Nearly One Half Of Adults Snore

Snoring affects every age group and both sexes. People all over the globe snore. Snoring is a universal problem with universal consequences both for health and the quality of interpersonal relationships.

Snoring Can Be A Relationship Deal Breaker

Snoring can disrupt marriages and cause sleepless nights for bed-partners. The emotional costs of snoring are as severe as snoring's physical damage. And it's a definitely a relationship deal breaker in the early stages of an intimate relationship.

Can't Tolerate Your CPAP?

Dental sleep medicine provides a solution for patients who may actively dislike their or be totally intolerant of CPAP. Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) is generally considered the mainstay of treatment for obstructive sleep apnea. However, in almost half of the cases where it is prescribed, it is poorly tolerated or simply rejected due to its cumbersome and intrusive nature. If you or a loved one snores or has had difficulty wearing their medically prescribed CPAP, we have had the years of experience necessary to offer a dental solution.

OK, so how can you get a dental sleep appliance?

First of all, there needs to be a diagnosis for either simple snoring, or Obstructive Sleep Apnea. This can be done either at a sleep clinic, or at your home. A board certified physician will interpret the results of the sleep study and make a determination of the presence of sleep apnea, and the severity of the condition. Even if you have not had a sleep study, you should consult with Dr. Thanki. He can arrange for you to obtain a sleep study either at home, or with a sleep clinic.

Dr. Thanki will determine what type of appliance would best work for you, as there are over 40 FDA approved appliances. He will take appropriate records for the construction of your device. Once the appliance is fitted to your teeth, Dr. Thanki gradually make adjustments until you perceive a real life change in the quality of your sleep, happier sleep partner, and better alertness during the day. To further optimize the device, he will have you sleep at home with a sleep monitoring device. After that you will once again be referred for another sleep study interpretted by a sleep physician.

How much does it cost?

The fees for the appliances vary depending on the type of appliance used. The treatment however is covered by most of the medical insurance plans, and is 100% covered by Medicare and Medicare supplemental plans. When you come in for your consultation a complementary insurance coverage check will be done to let you know how much insurance benefits you have.

Why should I choose Dr. Thanki?

Dr. Thanki is a general dentist, however he has taken a special interest in the management of Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA). For many years he has been performing orthodontic treatment for his patients, and has realize after treatment that his patients were having less sleep related issues, and were more focused at school. Studies have been done to support this finding. Palatal expansion along with tonsilo-andoid surgary decreases the severity of sleep apnea in children.

Dr. Thanki lectures to physicans, and respiratory therapists about the use of oral appliances in the management of Obstructive Sleep Apnea. He is also a member of the American Association of Dental Sleep Medicine, which is the primary organization that board certifies dentists in this field.

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Lafayette Dentist | Snoring and Sleep Apnea. Jyoti L. Thanki, DDS Lalit G. Thanki, DDS is a Lafayette Dentist.