Dental office changes name, adds sleep apnea treatment

The Bellingham Business Journal

Dr. Jeffrey Prager, a Bellingham dentist with more than 30 years of experience, has changed the name of his practice to include the treatment of obstructive sleep apnea.

Prager and his staff at the Bellingham Smile Care and Sleep Center have completed advanced training in dental sleep medicine. Prager is the only dentist in Whatcom County who is a member of the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine.

Bellingham Smile Care and Sleep Center now can provide screening for sleep apnea to determine if patients will benefit from a custom-fitted oral appliance that is approved by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration. Initial and follow-up fitting of appliances is conducted in its office at 1420 King St., Suite B.

Prager said custom-fitted appliances are preferred by many sleep apnea patients because they’re more comfortable and easier to use than continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machines, which require a user to wear a mask as air is blown through a hose into the nose.

Prager was previously diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnea. Sleep study tests indicated his breathing was stopping for 10 to 30 seconds on an average of a dozen times each hour he was sleeping.

“After receiving a custom-fitted appliance, I began sleeping better,” Prager said. “It was a classic example of not knowing how bad I was sleeping until I began using the appliance. My health and stamina have improved dramatically since then.”

Bellingham Smile Care and Sleep Center continues to offer complete dental care, including examinations, fillings, crowns, teeth whitening and cosmetic dentistry. For more information, call (360) 671-4552 or visit www.bellinghamsmiles.com.

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