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.