How Your Dentist Can Help with Sleep Apnea
July 18, 2018
Obstructive sleep apnea is very common and around 1 in 5 adults have symptoms that range from mild to severe. Most people do not realize that their dentist can help detect sleep apnea and also treat it.
Here are some common symptoms of sleep apnea:
Pain when chewing
Cracked or broken teeth
Headaches, shoulder or neck pain
Episodes of breathing cessation during sleep
Feeling tired during the day
Gasping for air at night
Feeling depressed, irritability or mood swings
Difficulty concentrating throughout the day
Awakening dry mouth or sore throat
Specialized dentists can not only detect and diagnosis sleep apnea but they can also play a role in the treatment of it. Don't allow sleep apnea to go untreated as it can cause a variety of health issues.
Dental Treatment Options for Sleep Apnea include:
Oral Appliance Therapy - is a treatment used for snoring and sleep apnea. The oral appliance involves wearing a removable appliance in your mouth while you sleep. The device fits like a retainer or mouth guard. It will support the jaw in a forward position to help maintain an open airway. This is an effective treatment option for sleep apnea.
CPAP Therapy - CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure) machine is one of the most common treatments for sleep apnea. CPAP therapy involves a CPAP machine that involves either wearing a mask that covers your nose only, covering your nose and mouth or possibly prongs that are placed in your nose. A CPAP machine will send a continuous flow of airway pressure to your throat to guarantee that your airway stays open during sleep.
Surgery - If you have tried both oral appliance therapy and CPAP therapy with no success that may be surgical alternatives. The option of surgery will be tailored to your specific needs.
Dr. Boyse at Boyse Dentistry in Mesa, AZ specializes in sleep apnea diagnosis and treatments. If you are having trouble with loud snoring, teeth grinding, gasping for air at night or feeling tired, make an appointment at our Mesa Dentist office, call us at 480-409-2388 or book an appointment online.