Airway Diagnostics – Phoenix, AZ
Precise Diagnoses Leads to Successful Treatments
The key to successful treatment is a thorough diagnostic evaluation. Dr. Mahn uses the latest technology to help diagnose his patients’ airway disorders and provide them with effective treatment that doesn’t just patch their symptoms, but addresses the root cause of why they’re happening. The first step of your journey towards taking back the reigns on your health is calling our office to schedule a diagnostic evaluation with our team, where we’ll examine your jaw and facial structure and provide you with an at-home sleep study.
Preliminary Oral Evaluation
The first step of our diagnostic evaluation will be to conduct a visual and tactile examination of your mouth, including your jaw, teeth, gums, and facial muscles. This will give us a good idea of whether or not you suffer from any bite problems or other issues that could lead to airway disorders. Dr. Mahn will also take the time to ask you about your medical history and whether you’ve been experiencing any symptoms that could be related to a jaw or breathing condition.
Our diagnostic jaw evaluation will begin by capturing a cone beam CT scan of your entire facial structure and cephalometric X-ray, which is like a panoramic view of your face. These will allow us to examine your airway, sinuses, and temporomandibular joints. Then, we’ll take a 3D digital scan of your oral cavity that can act as a blueprint to craft any therapeutic appliances we may recommend for you. Once we’ve determined your risk for your need for airway management, we’ll prescribe an at-home sleep study that will allow us to track your breathing as you sleep over the course of several nights.
Customized Treatment Plan
Based on all of the information that we gather during your preliminary and diagnostic evaluations, we’ll be able to determine how your airway disorder is impacting your breathing as well as whether or not you suffer from TMJ dysfunction. We’ll discuss all of our findings with you before walking you through our recommended treatment plan, which could consist of an orthopedic appliance, combined therapy, or a mandibular advancement appliance.
What is the Cost of Airway Treatment?
The cost of your airway management will depend on what treatment recommendation you decide to go with. For example, orthopedic appliances are made to provide long-term relief, and the process can take some time, which may make it more costly than a mandibular advancement appliance that simply minimizes some of your symptoms. We also offer combined therapy with a CPAP machine, which may be covered by your medical insurance through your physician. If you have any questions or concerns about the cost of our treatment recommendations, Dr. Mahn and our team will be more than happy to address them with you.