Testing & Diagnosis
Approaching your sleep dentist about being tested for sleep apnea is the first step on the road to getting a diagnosis of sleep apnea. Usually, your doctor will have this sleep test either in a lab or set up in the comfort of your own home. Your sleep and breathing will be monitored through the night and the results will be examined.
If this test results in a sleep apnea diagnosis, your sleep dentist will recommend a course of treatment himself, or refer you to a specialist.
There are two common treatments for sleep apnea.
At The Sleep Apnea & Facial Pain Center, we offer our oral appliance. The SilentPartner™ is an FDA-cleared TMJ-friendly oral sleep appliance that was developed by our Bellevue dentist, Dr. Doneskey, to effectively manage snoring and mild to moderate obstructive sleep apnea. Healthy jaw function, patient comfort, and full adjustability are at the heart of its design.
A (continuous positive airway pressure) CPAP machine is the most common treatment for sleep apnea. It is safe and highly effective. However, although it’s the most commonly prescribed treatment for sleep apnea, most patients complain that their CPAP is loud, uncomfortable, and awkward to use. Fortunately, Dr. Doneskey provides several alternatives to CPAP if you decide it isn’t for you.