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A Dentist’s Role In Sleep Apnea

A good night’s sleep helps restore the mind and body. However, it is estimated that 18 million people in America do not get a good night’s rest due to the fact that they have sleep apnea. Obstructive sleep apnea is a serious condition that causes a person to stop breathing for 10 seconds or more at night.

According to J. Micheal, DDS, FAGD, dentists are often the first ones to diagnose sleep apnea because patients typically see them more than their doctor. A dentist may refer the patient to a sleep medicine specialist. The patient may have to return to the dentist for further treatment.

The treatment that is recommended is contingent upon the severity of the disorder. Losing weight, quitting smoking and altering the sleep position can help treat sleep apnea. A dental appliance can also be used to treat sleep apnea.

Patients with severe sleep apnea may be required to use a continuous positive airway pressure, or CPAP machine. This device keeps the airway open by distributing continuous air pressure. It is important for you to have an open and honest conversation with your dentist if you suspect that you have sleep apnea. Morning headaches, insomnia, dry mouth and excessive snoring are some of the symptoms of sleep apnea.

To receive a complimentary dental sleep apnea training consultation, please call us at (818) 561-6715.