Patricia Berube, D.M.D., M.S.
3313 Unicorn Lake Blvd. Suite 151
Denton, TX 76210
Map of Unicorn Lake
Monday - Thursday with hours ranging from 8-5 or Friday by appointment
Why did you begin offering these types of services in your office?
As the years have gone by, we have noted how destructive bruxism (ie-grinding) and clenching can be to periodontal disease and the onset and progression of recession. Our goal in any treatment is to discover why you are being diagnosed with a particular disorder and finding ways to treat the “why”. We may recommend a bite guard. Most people can wear a simple flat bite guard, however, we found that more and more patients are presenting with symptoms of sleep apnea. This prompted more study into this area.
What are the consequences of sleep apnea?
They estimate that one in every five Americans has this condition. Problems that arise include:
How do I know if I have sleep apnea? Most patients may not be aware of their poor sleep quality.
There is a simple questionnaire that will assess basic risk factors. It is called the STOP-BANG questionnaire. Answer YES or NO to these questions.
If you answered yes to 0-2 of these, your risk for obstructive sleep apnea is low. If you answered yes to 3-4, you have a moderate risk. If you answered yes to 5-8, then you have a high risk for obstructive sleep apnea.
What do I do if I think I may have sleep apnea?
We are happy to refer you to a reputable sleep lab where you can have either an office sleep test or a home test. If you obtain a diagnosis of obstructive sleep apnea, you will have options. These will include a CPAP or APAP (this may be more tolerable than a CPAP) or a dental appliance.
I cannot tolerate my CPAP or APAP. Am I eligible for treatment using a dental appliance?
If you are diagnosed with mild or moderate sleep apnea, a dental appliance is indeed an option for you. Appliances are not an indicated treatment for severe sleep apnea sufferers. We fabricate an appliance that is minimally bulky and we work with your MD or sleep lab to make sure the appliance is working correctly for you. It is important to have this collaboration with our physician colleagues.