Treating Your Sleep Apnea
Getting a better night’s sleep may lie in a trip to your dentist.
When it comes to treating sleep disorders it seems like a no-brainer that you would need to go to a sleep specialist to handle your symptoms. Of course, if you’ve been diagnosed with a mild-to-moderate form of obstructive sleep apnea, then our Lexington, KY, dentists - Dr. Anthony Feck, Dr. Maxie Combs and Dr. Carol Wilson - may also be able to jump on board your treatment plan to help you sleep better and manage your sleep apnea symptoms.
How can my dentist help me?
When most people think of the dentist they don’t often think that they would be capable of handling other health issues such as sleep apnea, but when you really think about it you’ll begin to realize why our Lexington general dentists might be the best medical professional for the job.
Obstructive sleep apnea occurs when either the tongue obstructs the airways while sleeping or the tissues in the back of the throat collapse. Since this is a condition that affects the mouth, this is a problem we can tackle through oral appliance therapy.
What is oral appliance therapy?
This retainer-like appliance is custom made to fit your mouth and is only worn while you sleep. There are over 100 different kinds of oral appliances on the market and all of them offer different benefits based on your condition and specific needs. Most oral appliances work in one of two ways: by positioning the jaws forward to prevent oral tissues from collapsing and obstructing the airways or by preventing the tongue from causing an obstruction.
How do I know if I’m the right candidate for oral appliance therapy?
While this device can be a great way to treat your symptoms and help you get a better night’s rest, it won’t be right for everyone who has been diagnosed with sleep apnea. Our dentists can work with your sleep specialists and other physicians to make sure that your symptoms can be properly and thoroughly managed either with this oral device alone or with both an oral appliance and CPAP equipment (the standard approach for treating sleep apnea).
Are you curious to know whether oral appliance therapy could help you? If so, then it’s time you called Corporate Center Dental Care in Lexington, KY, today. We would be happy to get you on the books!