Can a Dentist Help with Sleep Apnea?

A lot of people are not aware that they don’t always need to go to a medical doctor for sleep apnea treatment. 

It’s true though; your dentist might have the solution for your sleep apnea and be able to help you get a healthy night of sleep.

This is important because your sleep impacts every part of your daily life, moods, and health. Finding the right solution to your sleep disorder will give you a happier and healthier life. With normal sleep, you’ll begin feeling better immediately.

 

How your dentist can help with sleep apnea

Sleep Apnea breathingYour dentist can work with your physician to treat snoring and sleep apnea.

If your dentist offers sleep disorder treatments, call and schedule a consultation with your dentist to talk about the causes of sleep apnea and the benefits of treatment. In the Plano, Texas area you can contact Dr. Wilhite for a free consultation.

A sleep disorder trained dentist will be able to conduct a clinical evaluation of sleep disorder treatment, including examination of your teeth, jaw, tongue, airway, and if necessary, perform X-rays of your mouth.

 

Sleep apnea appliance

Sleep Apnea Oral ApplianceIf it is an appropriate treatment for your sleep disorder, your dentist will be able to fit you for a sleep apnea oral appliance. Your dentist can recommend the type of oral appliance that is right for you.

An oral appliance will look similar to a mouth guard like an athlete wears. It supports the jaw during sleep to help maintain an open upper airway during sleep. For many patients, this has proven to be an effective treatment for snoring and obstructive sleep apnea.

Your oral appliance for sleep apnea therapy will be custom made and fitted to the specifications of your mouth. The dentist will create an impression of your teeth for your appliance to be created.

Many medical insurance plans will cover the cost of an oral appliance for sleep disorders.

Related: TMJ Headache Treatments

 

Ready to Learn About Sleep Apnea Treatments in Plano, Texas area?

Plano Dentist David WilhiteContact us today to set up your free sleep apnea consultation. Dr. Wilhite has over 30 years experience testing and diagnosing sleep apnea and TMJ Disorders and is a longtime member of the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine. He will discuss possible treatments to decide which is right for you.

You can also discuss affordable financing and dental insurance options to make sure you get the dental care you need.

Call us at (972) 964-3774

David Wilhite is a Plano Texas Dentist who has helped hundreds of patients with TMJ treatment and relief. He has over 30 years experience in general and cosmetic dentistry.


What Can be Done About Sleep Apnea and Snoring?

Dr. David WilhiteQuestion: My husband snores. What can be done for him?

David Wilhite says:

One of the most underdiagnosed health problems in America is sleep apnea, and it is increasing in frequency and severity due to the increasing obesity of the population.

Apnea can result in many problems such as obesity, heart attack and stroke, fibromyalgia, grinding of teeth, acid reflux, headaches, migraines, high blood pressure, throat problems and low testosterone.

Most of these problems are associated with inflammation and/or stress hormones.

The symptoms that the patient notices are snoring, sleepiness, heartburn, headaches, migraines, and lack of dreams.

Related: What Can be Done About TMJ Headaches and Migraines

Many children have sleep problems that can produce behavior problems and ADHD.

Dentists are in a unique position to notice the signs of sleep problems because we are always looking in the mouth.

Some of the signs are bony overgrowths of the jaws, evidence of clenching and grinding, a scalloped tongue, a red and irritated throat, and a high vaulted palate, to name a few.

The next step is to get a sleep test to determine the severity of the sleep disorder.

If the medically diagnosed disorder is severe sleep apnea, then the CPAP is the gold standard for treatment. However, if the apnea is either mild or moderate or if the patient is CPAP intolerant then a dental device, sometimes called a snore guard, may be used very successfully.

The typical patient with sleep-disordered breathing is an overweight male over 50 years old, but young, fit females can also have sleep problems. The young females can have what is known as Upper Airway Resistance Syndrome (UARS). They typically present with complaints of headaches, migraines, and TMJ symptoms caused by clenching and grinding. A number of them will have fibromyalgia caused by heightened levels of inflammation.

Ready to learn more about Sleep Apnea Treatments?

Schedule a free consultation online or call us at (972) 964-3774


Additional Sleep Apnea Information:

Sleep Apnea – Mayo Clinic

Sleep Apnea Symptoms – National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute