How Your Dentist Can Treat Sleep Apnea

Sleep apnea is a condition in which a patient’s airway is obstructed while they sleep. They can snore, but even more dangerously, they can stop breathing. This pause in breathing may only be felt in sleep disruption, but it can lead to serious issues, such as lack of oxygen in the brain. If you suspect you have sleep apnea, you should consult your general doctor, but you should also consult your dentist on your next dental checkup in Bloomingdale.

There are a few different treatments doctors typically employ to alleviate sleep apnea. These might include noisy machines like a CPAP which mildly forces air into the patient’s airway as they sleep. There are other appliances, typically found at your dentist’s office that act almost like a mouth guard. These sleep apnea appliances are custom-molded to your teeth and jaw. They position the jaw forward to keep the airway open while you sleep. This appliance can prevent snoring and sleep apnea. Schedule your dental checkup today to find out more about sleep apnea appliances. sleep-apnea

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