Sleep Apnea

Eccovision Sleep Apnea System – What is It? Is It Right for You?

Sleep Apnea Treatment Sleep apnea is a condition that adversely affects your daily life. reviewed multiple studies over the past few decades and found that sleep apnea can increase your risk of Type 2 diabetes, stroke, heart attack, and death.

To protect your health, it is vital to find a solution that will treat the root cause of your sleep apnea. Dr. Wolfe can help with a system called Eccovision.

What is Eccovision? Should You Try It?

The Eccovision system includes non-invasive tests that can determine which sleep apnea device Dr. Wolfe should recommend. Utilizing the acoustic Pharyngometer (a tool that measures the distance down your airway) and the Rhinometer (a tool that measures the nasal cavity) uses sound waves to measure anatomical landmarks in the nasal passages.

Dr. Wolfe works closely with a company called Sleep Group Solutions. Together, they can evaluate your nose and oropharynx (your throat) while you’re awake and asleep. The Eccovision Acoustic Rhinometer will measure the differences in breathing volume, which can lessen when your jaw and throat muscles are relaxed.

The Eccovision test can provide your dentist with the information they need to provide the best sleep apnea correction/treatment device.

What Prevents a Good Night’s Sleep

Airway obstruction causes sleep apnea. Your airway can be blocked by:

  • Excess tissue in the back of your throat
  • Relaxation of the muscles of the face/head/neck
  • Obesity
  • Airway obstruction hinders the brain and body from receiving the oxygen they need to function properly. So even with deep restful sleep your body won’t recognize this obstruction because it was struggling to breathe.

Besides the commonly prescribed CPAP machine, some dental devices can gently and comfortably pull the jaw forward to prevent airway collapse. Other devices prevent a relaxed tongue from blocking the airway.

Specialized Training at Your Fingertips

Dr. Jeffrey Wolfe has extra training in sleep apnea and uses his knowledge to meet his patients’ needs. Dr. Wolfe doesn’t believe in a one-size-fits-all approach to sleep apnea. He wants to secure a solution that you’ll find both comfortable and effective.