As an orthodontist, Dr. Devin Croft treats all the aesthetics and functional issues usually associated with an orthodontic practice, but has expanded his specialty to the treatment of TMD (Temporomandibular Joint Disorder), Snoring and Sleep Apnea. In fact, he may sometimes be able to offer relief where a medical doctor can't for patients who are CPAP intolerant.
Dr. Croft's specialized dental training enables him to fit patients with a custom, form-fitting dental mouthpieces that help advance the position of your lower jaw and tongue to keep your air passage open at night.
Dr. Croft works with many local doctors. Patients who suffer from mild to moderate cases of sleep apnea or are CPAP intolerant are referred to him for the fitting of an oral appliance. The appliances are custom made by a dental laboratory for each patient and look like an athletic mouth guard, but not as bulky. Dr. Croft fits and adjusts the appliance so that it gently holds your jaw in the right position to maintain proper airway function as you sleep. You simply wear the oral appliance while you're sleeping to prevent snoring and breathing problems. The appliances are covered by medical insurance, including Medicare, instead of dental insurance. There is minimal out-of-pocket expense, depending upon your insurance.
Snoring to the extent that you stop breathingas in the case of obstructive sleep apneais a serious health threat that puts you at increased risk for high blood pressure, heart disease and stroke. Sleep apnea has recently been linked to an increased risk of cancer.
"Sleep apnea is not something you can ignore," says Dr. Croft. "If you snore or think you might have sleep apnea, visit our website and click the 'Stop Snoring' button for more information. If you answer yes' to any of the questions on the website, give us a call. We'll get you tested, possibly with a home test, and see if we can get you some relief."