Can the Dentist Treat My Sleep Apnea?

Man with a pillow over his ears to block out his wife's loud snoring due to sleep apnea.

Do you struggle with sleep apnea? Common symptoms include chronic snoring, insomnia, headaches, and more. If you’ve been diagnosed, we can offer treatment at Santa Teresa Smiles. What can a dentist do?

What Is Sleep Apnea?

There are two main kinds of sleep apnea. Central sleep apnea happens when your breathing muscles don’t respond to the proper brain signals. Obstructive sleep apnea, which is the most common type of sleep apnea, occurs when the soft tissues at the back of your mouth relax. They end up blocking your airway so your sleep is disrupted repeatedly during the night.

How Do I Know if I Have Sleep Apnea?

Not sure if you have sleep apnea? Snoring is noticeable if you have a partner you sleep next to. They might also report times when you stop breathing in your sleep. Waking up gasping for air is another red flag. During the day, you might experience headaches, fatigue, and mood changes. If you think you might suffer from this disorder then make an appointment to see a sleep doctor. You’ll undergo a sleep study and if you receive a diagnosis of obstructive sleep apnea, we can help you.

How Dentists Treat Sleep Apnea

Dr. Oushy and the team treat obstructive sleep apnea with an oral appliance similar to a retainer. Because these appliances are custom made, yours will fit your mouth perfectly. The appliance repositions your jaw, opening up your airway and allowing you to breathe properly. You’ll sleep much better through the night.

Taking Sleep Apnea Seriously at Santa Teresa Smiles

Sleep apnea is much more than just loud snoring. It disrupts your ability to get good sleep, which you need to stay healthy. When untreated, sleep apnea can lead to health issues like an increased risk of stroke and high blood pressure. A lack of good sleep also makes living your life much more difficult because you’re tired all the time. We understand the importance of good sleep. If you’ve been diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnea, we can help! Contact our Santa Teresa office to set up a consultation today.