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Dr. Stephen Gillespie Vancouver, Washington of Gillespie Dentistry

Phone: 360-892-6132
Fax: 360-892-0297
Email: team@gillespiedentistry.com

Cascade Park
13200 SE McGillivray
Vancouver, WA 98683

Dr. Stephen Gillespie has provided dental services for the East Vancouver area since 1980.  His brother Richard joined him in 1982 and Gillespie Dentistry has maintained wonderful reputation ever since.  Dr. Steve retired from providing restorative dentistry in 2006 but has continued to assist patients in helping with the latest treatment for sleep apnea, the removable oral appliance.

 Dr. Steve graduated from the University of Illinois in 1972 and received his DDS degree as well as an MS degree in oral histology having done research with the electron microscope.  Following graduation he served with the US Navy on Guam and then practiced for a few years in Salt Lake City.  He and his wife Connie raised their four sons and one daughter in Vancouver and enjoy the quality of life the area provides.

 

Tuesday
Feb252014

Medical Insurance Coverage for Sleep Apnea Treatment, with Dr. Stephen Gillespie, Gillespie Dentistry, Vancouver, Washington

An oral appliance repositions the jaw during sleep to enable the oxygen flowing to the lungs to be increased.  Sleep apnea is defined as an absence of the reduction of oxygen during sleep, so an oral appliance helps to eliminate that condition, says Dr. Stephen Gillespie, of Gillespie Dentistry in Vancouver, Washington.

There are regulations reflecting what a dentist and a physician can do, says Dr. Gillespie.  A physician isn't licensed to treat sleep apnea with an oral appliance, even though it's a medical condition, so the physician will refer patients to a dentist for this type of oral appliance treatment.

Once the condition has been diagnosed by a physician and there's a sleep study to indicate this, then a referral is made to the dentist and the dentist is then authorized to bill the patient's medical insurance.  The key to understanding how medical insurance is different from dental insurance is that patients need to understand that sometimes, medical procedures are not paid for in a dental office, says Dr. Gillespie.

At Dr. Gillespie's dental practice, Gillespie Dentistry, they utilize a company who are experts in billing medical insurance for sleep apnea patients.  This allows his office to make a pre-determination of benefits so they know before treatment is started, the out of pocket expenses the patient will be responsible for.  There are no financial surprises for the patient, Dr. Gillespie says and because of the experience of this billing company, they're often able to obtain in-network benefits even when they're not in-network providers.  Dr. Gillespie is an in-network provider for many insurance companies, which is a huge benefit for his patients because it maximizes their benefit and expedites the approval process and payment of claims.

Dr. Gillespie believes he is the only dental office in his area authorized to bill Medicare for dental appliances to treat sleep apnea, which is a very valuable service he's offering, considering a lot of the aging community has sleep apnea.

Dr. Stephen Gillespie is a dentist in Vancouver, Washington, with Gillespie Dentistry.  He is a leading sleep expert with Sleep Better TV, providing online, on-demand, sleep breathing disorder video content.  Sleep Better TV is a featured network of Sequence Media Group.

Tuesday
Feb252014

Sleep Apnea and Related Health Problems, With Dr. Stephen Gillespie, Gillespie Dentistry, Vancouver, Washington

People become aware they may have sleep apnea because of the heavy snoring and daytime sleepiness concerns.  Their quality of life is often compromised, so they're seeking answers, says Dr. Stephen Gillespie, Gillespie Dentistry in Vancouver, Washington. 

Sleep apnea happens when the airway that brings the oxygen to the lungs is compromised during sleep.  It's correctly termed obstructive sleep apnea because physically, something is blocking the normal flow of oxygen to the lungs.  It is classified as mild, moderate or severe to help identify the potential related medical problems, says Dr. Gillespie.

When the intake of oxygen to the lungs and heart is reduced, the heart must work harder to provide the oxygen that's so essential to all the tissues of the body.  As a consequence, Dr. Gillespie says, the risk of hypertension and all the other related heart problems, such as heart attacks and stroke, is increased to 45% than those without obstructive sleep apnea.

Dr. Gillespie says that no one dies from sleep apnea but rather the other related diseases.  An individual who has been diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnea has a death rate of related diseases of almost three times as high as those without obstructive sleep apnea.

Sleep apnea is linked to diabetes, GERD, and an increased risk of cancer, because cancer cell thrive in a poorly oxygenated environment.  Mild sleep apnea increases the cancer risk by 10% and severe sleep apnea increases that risk up to 50%, Dr. Gillespie says.

Because many of the older generation suffers from sleep apnea and dementia, there have been a couple of studies reflecting the relationship between the two, according to Dr. Gillespie.  A Stanford University study showed a correlation between the two conditions and a study at USC showed that 70% of those diagnosed with dementia had sleep apnea and that there was a strong correlation between the memory loss and the severity of sleep apnea.

Dr. Stephen Gillespie is a dentist in Vancouver, Washington, with Gillespie Dentistry.  He is a leading sleep expert with Sleep Better TV, providing online, on-demand, sleep breathing disorder video content.  Sleep Better TV is a featured network of Sequence Media Group.