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As we developed the program at Lighthouse Sleep Apnea Center we reviewed the programs at other oral appliance sleep centers.  We found most programs simply guessed at the correct appliance settings and had very little to no follow-up after delivery to ensure the appliances were working at optimal levels.  Typically, because they did not have a means to test the airway.

For us, GUESSING was not an option.  Therefore, we invested a substantial sum of money in the state-of-the-art airway testing computer called the Eccovision.  The Eccovision allows us to accurately test the airway and determine optimal settings both prior to the device manufacture and after delivery to ensure the device is working at optimal levels.


The Eccovision Acoustic Diagnostic Imaging System uses acoustic reflection technology to accurately map out the size, structure and collapsibility of the oral and nasal airways.  The Eccovision is widely used in ENT, Orthodontic and Sleep Disorders Dentistry Practices.


Sleep Disorders Dentists use the Pharyngometer to screen patients prior to diagnosis.  A narrow airway reading on the Pharyngometer correlates to higher Apnea Hypopnea Indices once the person is diagnosed.  After diagnosis, the pharyngometer helps to show us how the airway changes in response to mandibular advancement.  It has been concluded that the pharyngometer was accurate in ruling out patients who would not benefit from oral appliances 95% of the time.


The Eccovision Acoustic Pharyngometer allows users to quickly and easily measure a patient’s pharyngeal airway size and stability from the Oral Pharyngeal Junction to the Glottis.


The Pharyngometer graphically displays the relationship between the cross-sectional area of the airway and distance down the airway in centimeters.  The test is NON-INVASIVE and takes only a few minutes to complete.


The Eccovision Acoustic Rhinometer allows for quick and easy measurements of nasal patency.  The device gathers information using acoustic reflection.  Sounds waves are sent up the nasal passageway and they are reflected back out in such a way the Eccovision Acoustic Rhinometer can accurately map out the Topography of the nasal airway.  This allows us to clearly identify the location and severity of any obstruction in the airway.  The test is completely non-invasive and takes 5-10 minutes to complete.


The negative effects of reduced airflow are severe and the solutions are so simple.  Reduction in airflow while sleeping is NO joke.  This is very serious. We believe in this so strongly that we will test your airway for free using the Eccovision.   You need to know.  Call to schedule your free airway testing and sleep consult today!


Phone: 269-466-1110

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