Sleep apnea can have a negative effect on your life– from chronic fatigue to difficulty concentrating. If you believe that you might have it, then you should schedule an appointment with your dentist. Along with evaluating your risk for the condition and referring you to a specialist for a diagnosis, your dentist can provide you with options for effective treatment. The sooner you begin looking for solutions for your sleep apnea, the sooner you will experience relief.
Sleep apnea is a relatively common condition—and also one that is difficult to diagnose. That’s why you should visit your dentist’s office if you notice any of the signs. Symptoms include snoring, a dry throat, irritability, and morning headaches.
To determine whether you might be at risk for it, your dentist will examine your tongue, look for signs of tooth grinding, and check for other warning signs such as enlarged tonsils. Some factors may put you at a higher risk of the condition—if you are male, older than 45, and having a family history. If these risk factors exist, then your dentist may refer you to a sleep center for a professional study.
If it turns out that you do have sleep apnea, there are several options for treatment that you can pursue. One of the most common treatments is an oral appliance, such as a CPAP machine, used to keep the airway clear so that you can breathe comfortably. If your dentist determines that this is the best option for you, they will do a custom fitting for you.
If you suspect that you might have sleep apnea, then your dentist can help. Long Island Implant and Cosmetic Dentistry is a sleep apnea dentist on Long Island who will make it easier for you to live with this condition– and get the restful sleep you need. We prioritize our patients’ comfort and health, so you can always feel comfortable visiting our office. To set up a one-on-one consultation with one of our dentists, contact us today.
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