Baton Rouge Dental Center Family Dentistry Offers Specialized Treatment for Patients With Sleep Apnea

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Dr. Julie Vignes now provides an acoustic pharyngometer and rhinometer to expertly treat patients who are suffering from sleep apnea with an oral appliance.

By making sleep apnea treatment more convenient for patients in our community, we hope that we’ll be able to help more people with sleep apnea find treatment that works for them.

Dr. Julie Vignes, of Baton Rouge Dental Center, is a sleep apnea dentist who is giving her patients the opportunity to treat symptoms of this sleep disorder right from her dental office. Many patients may not know that they can treat sleep apnea with help from a dentist, but advancements in technology and oral appliance therapy make addressing sleep apnea concerns more convenient for those who are affected. Rhinometer and pharyngometer equipment is rare for most dental offices, making Baton Rouge Dental Center uniquely able to provide precise care for patients with sleep apnea.

The pharyngometer and rhinometer in use at Dr. Vignes’ office use sound waves to test a patient’s airways for issues involving the size, shape, and collapsibility of these passages. Because sleep apnea occurs when a patient’s airways are obstructed while sleeping, this equipment is instrumental in helping pinpoint precise treatment for airway obstruction.

Sleep apnea is a serious problem that many people neglect to see a health professional for because they are anxious about having to take part in overnight sleep studies, or being prescribed a bulky CPAP machine for treatment. With help from pharyngometer and rhinometer technology, we can investigate the condition of a patient’s oral and nasal passes to find out what is obstructing the airway, an issue that comes with sleep apnea disorder,” Dr. Vignes explained.

Once their condition is diagnosed by the patient’s physician, Dr. Vignes gives patients either a fixed or adjustable oral appliance to keep their airways open during sleep and maintain regular breathing. These appliances fit over your teeth like a retainer or mouth guard and comfortably keep your jaw in alignment and airways unobstructed.
Dr. Vignes adds, “By making sleep apnea treatment more convenient for patients in our community, we hope that we’ll be able to help more people with sleep apnea find treatment that works for them.”

About Baton Rouge Dental Center and Dr. Julie Vignes
Dr. Julie Vignes has been serving to her community to quality dental treatments for over 23 years. Baton Rouge Dental Center is a cosmetic and family dental practice that provides services such as Invisalign®, porcelain veneers, teeth whitening, and preventive care education. In order to give the most current treatment options for her patients, Dr. Vignes stays up to date on the latest advancements in dentistry. She a member of the American Dental Association, Dental Organization for Conscious Sedation, Louisiana Dental Association, Academy of General Dentistry, Las Vegas Institute, Pankey Institute, American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine, and has achieved Advanced Cardiac Life Support Certification.

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