Don’t Wait to Sleep Better

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At Sierra Sleep Airway and Wellness Center, we take complete health dentistry seriously and believe everyone should have a sleep screening completed to rule out any sleep-disordered breathing.

What to Expect

Whether you’re visiting us from our home dental offices of Sierra Smiles or have been referred from another provider, here’s what you can expect as a new patient.

Step 1: Get on the schedule

Your first step is simple–just give us a call! We’ll schedule your Comprehensive Sleep and Airway Consultation and explain how the at-home sleep test will work.

We can’t wait to help you get started on your journey to better health. Don’t forget that we also do screenings for kids!

Step 2: Your at-home sleep study

Nervous about the sleep study? Don’t be! Our sleep study is nothing like the ones you may have had to endure in a hospital setting: no wires, no tubes, nothing taped to your face. 

Best of all? You don’t have to sleep in a lab at the hospital! 

The process is incredibly simple:

  • Stop by our office to pick up the at-home sleep kit, fill out some preliminary health questionnaires, and schedule your follow-up video call. 
  • Complete the sleep study–Just wear our sleep ring on your finger and go to bed and sleep like you normally do.
  • The ring will measure and record important data and automatically report it to us.

That’s it! No wires, no tubes, and no lost sleep.

Step 3: Your results

After you’ve completed your sleep study, we’ll meet with you over a video call to go over the data that the sleep ring sent to us.

We’ll discuss your:

  • Sleep quality
  • Pulse oximetry
  • Heart rate
  • Apnea events

In addition to going over the results, we’ll talk about your health history and any questions or concerns you have about your sleep and quality of life.

Step 4: Your comprehensive sleep and airway consultation

After your video call, we’ll have you come into our office for a full physical evaluation.

The exam will include:

  • A CT scan of your head and neck
  • Additional diagnostic photos
  • A comprehensive oral-facial exam (head and neck)

This $395 visit comes at a significant savings to you–outside our center these procedures could cost over $10,000! While we don’t accept insurance for this charge, you can use HSA and FSA dollars to cover it.

Step 5: Get on the path of healthy sleeping and breathing

After your consultation we’ll put together a treatment plan to help you address your sleeping and breathing concerns, then spend the next 12-24 months widening your airway.

This can include:

  • Sleeping with a small, retainer-like device or other appliances
  • Follow up appointments to ensure your treatment is on track
  • Looping in other physicians or providers 
  • Adjustments and new appliances as needed
  • Additional sleep tests to track the rate of improvement
  • End of treatment plans and determining  if orthodontic or cosmetic work is needed

As a completely customized program, treatments may differ from patient to patient. We will help guide you and work with your other providers to ensure a successful outcome.

The Sierra Sleep Difference

Working directly with a medical office without navigating insurance plans may feel strange at first. But if you’re like most of our patients, you’ll soon discover:
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It’s far easier to come to us directly than hassling with primary care providers and referrals

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It’s quicker to get the care you need when you don’t have to worry about the medical red tape that accompanies most insurance plans

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It often ends up costing less than what insurance plans expect you to pay for your co-pay

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It’s more effective than most other treatments because we address the root causes, not just the symptoms

You deserve to not only have a treatment plan built around your specific needs, but also to start that treatment plan as soon as you want. We can make that happen for you.

FAQ

We get it. It can be hard to accept the fact that you have sleep apnea, and exploring treatments can feel overwhelming, especially when it seems like the only real option is a cumbersome CPAP machine.

It’s hard to feel optimistic when there are so many unanswered questions.

That’s why we’ve compiled this handy list for you: frequently asked questions from real people interested in permanently treating their sleep apnea with airway development oral appliances, just like you.

How is this different from traditional sleep options?

Traditional Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) treatments like CPAP and mandibular repositioners only manage OSA. We have partnered with leading-edge companies to provide a treatment that focuses on the root cause of the sleep apnea condition and treats, rather than manages, sleep apnea.

How does this new method help treat sleep apnea?

In essence, Obstructive Sleep Apnea occurs when an airway is too small. However, new research has led to a revolutionary method that simply widens your airway up to 300% without surgery.

And the best part? Once that airway is widened, breathing easier becomes a permanent way of life.

Why can’t I just use a CPAP?

CPAP machines don’t cure sleep apnea; they force air into you while you sleep. However, the way they help you breathe can cause your airway muscles to atrophy after a while. This means that over time, your sleep apnea gets worse and you become increasingly reliant on your CPAP machine.

For the rest of your life.

Will I have to get surgery or endure an uncomfortable sleep study?

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No! After the pre-screening & sleep test and evaluation appointment with consultation you can be on your way with a custom oral airway development appliance that will gradually widen your airway and treat the sleep apnea. And that’s how you breathe better, sleep better and live better!

Is the procedure painful?

This procedure is about as painless as they get. Not only do patients avoid any type of surgical procedure, the sleep study is surprisingly, shockingly easy — even comfortable! Essentially, you get an oral appliance custom-fit to your mouth. The more you wear it, the faster treatment goes. Most people wear it 7- 8 hours at night while they sleep and find 3-4 more during waking hours.

Do you take insurance?

We do not take insurance, but we do accept HSA and FSA cards.

However, if you’re like most of our patients, you’ll soon discover it’s quicker to get the care you need when you don’t have to worry about the medical red tape that accompanies most insurance plans, and it often ends up costing less than what insurance plans expect you to co-pay.

Do you work with kids?

Absolutely! We’re passionate about helping kids with sleep apnea because sleep apnea in children is often misattributed to psychological or emotional issues. We’ve seen our simple treatment resolve the issues in our pediatric patients and we’re excited to help even more kids find freedom from the issues caused by sleep disorders.

Are you locally owned?

YES! We are family — and locally-owned office.

How do I make an appointment?

Give us a call at 775-977-0822 and one of our friendly scheduling coordinators will help you find a date and time that works for you.

Join the (well-rested!) Sierra Sleep Airway and Wellness Family Today.

We look forward to welcoming you.