Sleep Apnea Dentist, Arthur M. Strauss, DDS of Falls Church, VA
Special Interest in
the Dental Management of Snoring,
Obstructive Sleep Apnea and
Awake Related Oral Function Issues


Arthur M. Strauss, D.D.S.
Diplomate, American Board of Dental Sleep Medicine *

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Depending on what you tell us about your sleep problem and severity of your snoring, we may refer you to a sleep specialist physician for a sleep test. This test, known as polysomnography or PSG, is non-invasive and may be done in your home or in a sleep center.

Testing PSGThe test consists of attaching a series of leads, like an electro-cardiogram, to your head, body, arms and legs. This test will measure the various stages of your sleep and physiologic functions like breathing, heart rate, oxygen content of your blood, leg movements and eye movements. A PSG will tell us about the quality of your sleep and just how much of a problem you may be having with sleep apnea. The sleep test helps our office and your sleep physician determine what type of treatment would be best for your particular situation. Treatments range from things you can do to help yourself to the use of devices to help maintain the size of your airway during sleep to surgery.

There are a number of things you can do to help yourself.  These include:

Devices Used to Control Snoring & Sleep Apnea

Two main devices are available for the control of snoring and obstructive sleep apnea. These devices must be worn every night to control your sleep problem.Continuous Positive Air Pressure testing device

Surgery

The goal of any surgical procedure is to provide and maintain an open airway to prevent collapse during sleep. Surgical procedures are known as site-specific procedures because they treat a particular portion of the airway.

Surgery can be performed on the nasal passages to provide a clear passage for the flow of air by correcting a deviated septum, removing polyps and/or reducing the size of the bones in your nose known as turbinates.

Removal or reduction in size of the soft palata, uvula and back of tongue can be accomplished by procedures known as:

* Denotes a board certified Diplomate of the American Board of Dental Sleep Medicine (ABDSM). The board is self designated and does not confer recognized specialty status by any certifying organization. The American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) recognizes the Diplomate status granted by the ABDSM. All Diplomate applicants must hold (at a minimum) a dental degree (D.D.S. or D.M.D.) or its equivalent and an active unrestricted license to practice dentistry in addition to completing an extensive application process, including presenting case studies and taking a written exam.

Arthur M. Strauss, D.D.S.

311 Park Avenue
Falls Church, VA 22046

Phone: 703-237-2350
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