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Dr. Rich 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. Richard Gillespie graduated from Brigham Young University in 1975 and completed his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree in 1979 from the University of Illinois.  He served three years in the US Air Force stationed in Denver, CO. prior to partnering with his brother, Dr. Steve Gillespie, in Vancouver, WA.  Dr. Rich and his wife, Ann, are the parents of five children and 16 grandchildren.

Many years of post-graduate, continuing education which included implants and full mouth reconstruction prepared Dr. Rich to provide the finest of care to his community.  Currently, his emphasis is diagnosing and treating sleep disordered breathing, which includes snoring and sleep apnea.  

Tuesday
Oct142014

Sleep Apnea Prevalence Among Commercial Drivers, With Dr. Rich Gillespie, Vancouver, Washington

Driving while feeling sleepy is a dangerous combination and it's becoming more of an issue with cross-country drivers, especially truck drivers, who tend to put on weight and this can contribute to a sleep apnea situation, according to Dr. Rich Gillespie, a dentist in Vancouver, Washington with Gillespie Dentistry.  We're finding that being sleepy and drowsy because of poor sleep is as much a factor in the accidents on the highway as drinking or drugs, he says.

Dr. Rich GillespieDr. Gillespie has seen some regulatory action take place, requiring truck drivers to have a sleep test and then be treated and monitored.  Devices that are made today can be monitored to be sure they're being used.  This can be applied to pilots, truck drivers and air traffic controllers.  An oral appliance is an especially easy treatment option for those who travel because of its portability, compared to that of a CPAP device.  

Dr. Rich Gillespie is a dentist and leading sleep expert with Sleep Better TV, a featured network of Sequence Media Group.  Sleep Better TV provides online, on-demand, sleep breathing disorder video content.  For more information on Dr. Gillespie, click here.

Tuesday
Oct142014

Over the Counter Devices to Treat Sleep Apnea, With Dr. Rich Gillespie, Vancouver, Washington

One of the main courses of treatment for sleep apnea is an oral appliance, made by a dentist.  There are over the counter versions of these oral appliances and while the principle is the same between the two, the ones that are over the counter are much less expensive.  Dr. Rich Gillespie, who treats patients with sleep apnea in Vancouver, Washington at Gillespie Dentistry, has found that for those patients who have previously gone down the over the counter route, the results have been less successful because the fit is not as good.

Dr. Rich GillespieDr. Gillespie says that the beauty of the oral appliance made by dentists is that it's adjustable so they can be customized and the over the counter products are "hit and miss" as to whether or not they will work.  A dentist can monitor the wearing of a custom-made device so that an optimal opening of the airway can be achieved.  Dr. Gillespie notes that an oral appliance made by a dentist is a medical device that is very durable.  While there is the greater expense, insurance covers these devices.  Additionally, there is no follow up medical care with an over the counter device.

Dr. Rich Gillespie is a dentist and leading sleep expert with Sleep Better TV, a featured network of Sequence Media Group.  Sleep Better TV provides online, on-demand, sleep breathing disorder video content.  For more information on Dr. Gillespie, click here.

Tuesday
Oct142014

Insurance Coverage for Sleep Apnea Treatment, With Dr. Rich Gillespie, Vancouver, Washington

For sleep apnea patients, there are different treatment options available to them and fortunately, they are covered by medical insurance.  One of these treatments, the oral appliance, which moves the jaw forward to open the airway at night, has been used for decades.  Studies have shown that this treatment is as successful as the CPAP device and because of that, insurance companies do cover the treatment of an oral device, according to Dr. Rich Gillespie, of Gillespie Dentistry in Vancouver, Washington.  

Dr. Rich GillespiePatients wanting treatment from an oral appliance do need a diagnosis from a physician or a sleep center, so that as a team of a physician and a dentist, they work with the insurance company on the patient's coverage, Dr. Gillespie says.

Dr. Rich Gillespie is a dentist and leading sleep expert with Sleep Better TV, a featured network of Sequence Media Group.  Sleep Better TV provides online, on-demand, sleep breathing disorder video content.  For more information on Dr. Gillespie, click here.

Tuesday
Oct142014

Sleep Apnea Risk Factors for Women, With Dr. Rich Gillespie, Vancouver, Washington

While men generally tend to suffer from sleep apnea more than women, women are also susceptible to sleep apnea, especially if they're overweight or snorers.  Pregnant women are also at risk because the hormones make the tissues swell, which stresses the airway, as well as peri and post-menopausal women, according to Dr. Rich Gillespie with Gillespie Dentistry in Vancover, Washington.  Hormone imbalances can reduce the estrogen and progesterone and create a weight gain that contributes to sleep apnea.

Dr. Rich GillespieThe treatment is the same for both men and women and the goal is to maintain the airway open while asleep.  To that end, the options include a CPAP device or an oral appliance, Dr. Gillespie says.  He also points out that sleep apnea doesn't only affect those who are overweight, as he most recently had a petite, young patient whose tissue make-up made it difficult for her airway to remain fully open at night.

Dr. Rich Gillespie is a dentist and leading sleep expert with Sleep Better TV, a featured network of Sequence Media Group.  Sleep Better TV provides online, on-demand, sleep breathing disorder video content.  For more information on Dr. Gillespie, click here.

Tuesday
Oct142014

Second Hand Snoring, With Dr. Rich Gillespie, Vancouver, Washington

Second hand snoring is a term used when referring to people whose bed partners snore.  The noise from the snoring keeps the bed partner awake so that their sleep becomes fragmented.  These bed partners suffer from similar symptoms as those who actually have sleep apnea, says Dr. Rich Gillespie, a dentist in Vancouver, Washington with Gillespie Dentistry.  

Dr. Rich GillespieThese partners experience fatigue, irritability, headaches in the morning, depression and then they begin to suffer some health risks, such as high blood pressure.  Dr. Gillespie notes that if a person snores, they are on the same continuum and are developing sleep apnea.  

Dr. Rich Gillespie is a dentist and leading sleep expert with Sleep Better TV, a featured network of Sequence Media Group.  Sleep Better TV provides online, on-demand, sleep breathing disorder video content.  For more information on Dr. Gillespie, click here.