Obstructive sleep apnea is a serious medical condition that can be effectively treated with the assistance of a dentist. If you are experiencing symptoms of obstructive sleep apnea, such as daytime fatigue, loud snoring, and difficulty waking up in the morning, it may be time to see your primary doctor or dentist to get a proper diagnosis and discuss effective treatment options. Dr. Michael Adler and his team at Adler Advanced Dentistry of Boulder, CO, can educate you on this condition and when it might be time to visit a professional for an evaluation.
How Do I Find Out if I Have Obstructive Sleep Apnea?
Your dentist will perform an evaluation to determine if you have the signs of obstructive sleep apnea and recommend a doctor in the area who can perform a sleep study. This is done either at a facility or at home and involves the use of a device that tracks your sleep patterns at night to determine if obstructive sleep apnea is playing a role in your symptoms. If so, an appropriate course of treatment is discussed based on the severity of your condition.
What Can Be Done About Obstructive Sleep Apnea With a Dentist?
There are several treatment options which may be recommended, including oral appliances, continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP), or surgery. Oral appliances are similar to mouth guards used for other conditions, and they help keep your airway open while you sleep by repositioning your jaw or tongue. The use of an oral appliance often lends to better compliance as they are more comfortable and easier to travel with. Dr. Michael Adler and his team at Adler Advanced Dentistry find that patients who have obstructive sleep apnea and need treatment are excited to learn that they can use a small mouthpiece to achieve results and eliminate the need for a bulky CPAP device.
How Do I Find Out if I Am a Candidate for Oral Appliance Therapy?
If you suffer from obstructive sleep apnea and live in the area of Boulder, CO, it may be time to work with our dentist and team to find out if you are a good candidate for the use of oral appliances instead of cumbersome CPAP machines. Call 303-449-1119 to request a consultation visit with our team at Adler Advanced Dentistry.