Do I have sleep apnea?
Sleep apnea is a chronic medical condition. It can cause you to stop breathing up to hundreds of times a night and is a potentially life-threatening disease.
Left untreated it can cause (but not be limited to):
High blood pressure
Visit the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine for more information.
What is sleep apnea?
Meet the Team
Richard Greiner, DDS
Dr. Greiner is a Diplomate of the American Board of Dental Sleep Medicine, helping people suffering from sleep apnea to get a great night's sleep. He has also been a family and cosmetic dentist in Seattle since graduating from UW in 1981.
Jan is exceptionally skilled in working with insurance companies on our patients' behalf. With over 30 years experience in the dental industry, Jan makes patients feel welcome as she walks them through the entire treatment process.
Julia has over a decade's experience as a dental hygienist and a proven track record in providing excellent patient care. Julia has witnessed the consequences of patients who ignored the symptoms and the benefits to those who have sought sleep apnea treatment.
Oral Appliance Therapy:
It Benefits include:
Better Quality of life
Reduction in daytime sleepiness
Oral Appliance Therapy (OAT) is the option we provide at Seattle Sleep Solution and is the treatment of choice for many patients. Oral appliance therapy is a treatment for snoring and obstructive sleep apnea. It is similar to a mouthguard or retainer and involves wearing a removable oral appliance in your mouth as you sleep.
An oral appliance prevents your airway from collapsing by supporting the jaw in a forward position. You must be custom fitted for an oral appliance in order for it to be effective. Over-the-counter devices are not recommended as a treatment option for snoring or obstructive sleep apnea.
OAT is Effective
Studies have demonstrated that OAT effectively treats obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) through a reduction in the apnea-hypopnea index (AHI) and respiratory disturbance index in patients. Studies have also shown similar effectiveness between OAT and CPAP, even among moderate to severe OSA.
Patients comply with OAT
The AADSM states that CPAP is often prescribed as the first-line therapy for those with OSA; however, about 50% of those patients will become non-compliant with their treatment after one year. Studies indicated that up to 93% of patients are compliant with OAT.
Qualified dentists (not DME companies) manage OAT
As a Diplomate, ABDSM, Dr. Richard Greiner is trained to provide the highest level of care. Once prescribed by a physician, oral appliances need to be provided by a qualified dentist. Dr. Richard Greiner is trained in the delivery of oral appliances, as well as the nuances of coordinating treatment for a medical disorder with the diagnosing physician.
The staff at Seattle Sleep Solution are incredibly professional, enjoyable to work with and make every effort to provide excellent patient service. Because I had delayed getting the appointment for the device, Seattle Sleep had to make a rush getting me the appliance on time for my vacation and they got it done. I went on my trip and did not have to drag along my CPAP but relied completely on my dental appliance. It worked perfectly, and I noticed no difference in my ability to have a quality night’s sleep than if I had used my CPAP. When I returned home, I began alternating one night with the CPAP and one night with the dental appliance until recently when I retired my CPAP. Now I rely solely on my dental appliance. I would highly recommend the services of Seattle Sleep Solution and the effectiveness of the dental appliance to anyone suffering from obstructive sleep apnea and looking for an alternative to the CPAP.
— Robert M.
WHAT PATIENTS SAY
Why Choose Us: How We Can Help
There are several reasons you may want to choose Seattle Sleep Solution to help you through the diagnosis and treatment of sleep apnea.
Dr. Greiner is a Diplomate of the American Board of Dental Sleep Medicine with the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine. Oral appliance therapy should only be provided by a qualified dentist who has technical skill and knowledge in dental sleep medicine. Training in how to provide oral appliance therapy is uncommon in dental schools, so very few dentists have the training and experience to provide optimal care for adults with snoring or sleep apnea.
We are one of only a handful of dental sleep apnea providers in the Seattle and Puget Sound area who are Medicare-certified.
Our team works closely with your health care providers to ensure you receive optimum health benefits.
Seattle Sleep Solution will take the mystery out of your medical insurance, make it understandable, and file medical claims on your behalf.
Sleep apnea is a medical condition, not a dental condition, although we treat the condition with oral appliances. Diagnosis is confirmed with a sleep study by a Board-Certified Sleep doctor. Without this necessary step, a patient can be put at serious risk of having unknown or undiagnosed medical conditions. Severe Obstructive Sleep Apnea has been linked to a 4-6 fold increased risk of mortality. We partner with several sleep doctors and will gladly refer you for a sleep study if you have not had one.