Welcome to Dental Sleep Appliance Center of Raleigh offered through the dental office of Dr. Jennifer Q. Le
While snoring is a significant social problem, it often indicates a more serious risk to an individual's health. Research now confirms that snoring is strongly associated with obstructive sleep apnea which can lead to serious cardiovascular and psychological disease.
People with untreated sleep apnea* are at a significantly increased risk of:
- heart attack
- decreased intelligence
- motor vehicle accidents
- dying at a younger age
Dr. Jennifer Le, DMD is one of the first dentists in the Raleigh area to offer oral appliance therapy for the treatment of obstructive sleep apnea. Located in the heart of the Wakefield area of North Raleigh, we offer our patients the convenience of a full-service, cutting-edge dental office as well as an alternative to continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) for the treatment of mild to moderate obstructive sleep apnea.
To better serve our patients, languages spoken in addition to English are Italian, Spanish, Romanian, and Vietnamese.
Dr. Jennifer Q. Le, DMD, CPCC, ACC recently became an American Board of Dental Sleep Medicine (ABDSM) Diplomate. ABDSM is the board for the leading national organization for dentists who treat snoring and obstructive sleep apnea with oral appliance therapy, an effective alternative treatment to the standard continue positive airway pressure (CPAP) machine.
Wakefield Family Dentistry recently received facility accreditation from the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine (AADSM), joining an elite group of centers around the nation recognized for proficiency, professionalism and procedural excellence regarding the treatment of patients with sleep apnea and sleep-disordered breathing.
Are you getting the rest you need?
Take the following world-wide used test to assess your level of sleepiness. It is not to be used to make a diagnosis, but will help to identify your level of daytime sleepiness.
Snoring and your health
Approximately 10 to 40 percent of adult men and women snore. Severe snoring may become such a nuisance that it disturbs a whole family's sleep. Snoring can cause disrupted sleep for both snorers and their sleeping partners and it can lead to health problems. Snoring may also be an indication of a bigger health problem—sleep apnea.
Obstructive Sleep Apnea is a health problem that is associated with high blood pressure, heart problems and stroke. It is important for patients to see their healthcare provider if they are experiencing snoring and daytime sleepiness.
Sleep apnea and dental appliance therapy
Sleep apnea is a potentially life-threatening medical disorder that causes your body to stop breathing during sleep. People with sleep apnea may snore loudly and stop breathing for short periods of time. In addition to snoring and excessive daytime sleepiness, sleep apnea can cause memory loss, morning headaches, irritability, depression, decreased sex drive and impaired concentration. When left untreated, sleep apnea can lead to hypertension, stroke, heart attack and sudden death while asleep. Custom made oral appliances reposition the tongue and lower jaw forward during sleep to maintain an open airway.
Dr. Jennifer Le is trained in dental sleep medicine and has the knowledge and experience to help with selection, fabrication and fitting a dental appliance to give you relief from snoring and the symptoms of obstructive sleep apnea.
Forms for Dental Sleep Medicine Referrals:
- Detailed Written Order for MAD (.pdf 47kb)
- Referral for Dental Sleep Device (.pdf 66kb)
- Sample Rx for Dental Sleep Device (.rtf 31kb)
- Sample Sleep Apnea Letter of Medical Necessity (.rtf 28kb)
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Dental Sleep Appliance Center of Raleigh offers simple and effective relief from snoring without surgery. If you, or your partner, suffer from snoring or obstructive sleep apnea, we invite you to review the solutions we provide to patients and consider the many advantages of oral appliance therapy.
Since October 15, 2013, Dr. Le is in-network with Blue Cross Blue Shield medical insurance and as of September 17, 2014, in-network with Medicare to provide the sleep apnea appliance as a covered medical service.
We accept the following medical insurance providers for oral appliance therapy as an alternative to CPAP for the treatment of obstructive sleep apnea:
- Blue Cross Blue Shield
Welcome New Patients
New patients may prepare in advance by downloading the appropriate form and bringing the completed form to your appointment.