Can a Dentist Treat Sleep Apnea?

Man with sleep apnea wakes up refreshed after improving his sleep with Dental Sleep Medicine

According to the American Sleep Apnea Foundation, more than 18 million individuals have sleep apnea throughout the United States. Common treatment consists of a Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) mask. This can work well for many patients. But did you know there could be a simpler, more comfortable option available through your dentist?

Read on to learn about how Seaport Family Dentistry, your dentist in Liberty, MO, can effectively treat your snoring and sleep apnea.

Your Sleep Apnea Consultation

Through Healthy Sleep Midwest, Seaport Family Dentistry treats patients with sleep apnea. You’ll be asked a variety of questions and we’ll evaluate the inside of your mouth to learn about your body and what you’re experiencing.

For example, we want to know if you have a large tongue, worn teeth, mouth dryness, chronic headaches, diabetes, or high blood pressure. Additionally, we want to know if you wake up during the night gasping for air, experience daytime sleepiness, or feel depressed.

Your answers, our physical evaluation, and your at-home sleep test help us determine the type and severity of your sleep apnea and if it could be treated with oral appliance therapy. Generally, patients with obstructive sleep apnea respond well to an oral appliance.

During your appointment, we will discuss the benefits of an oral appliance versus other treatments to help you decide if a dental appliance is the ideal treatment option to optimize your airflow during sleep.

How We Treat Sleep Apnea

Our specialists can provide you with a custom-fitted oral appliance that feels similar to a mouthguard or retainer. This device keeps the throat’s soft tissues from blocking your airway by gently holding the tongue or jaw in a forward position. This will improve your airflow and prevent the negative health effects of sleep apnea.

Comfortable Oral Appliance Therapy

With Dental Sleep Medicine at Seaport Family Dentistry in Liberty, MO, you can receive a comfortable oral device that is easy to adapt to, convenient to wear and maintain, and doesn’t make noise during the night like a machine.

Seaport Family Dentistry provides our dental services to patients of all ages, including children and teenagers. Contact our team to see if a dental appliance is the right sleep apnea treatment for you!