Patients tend to overlook their sleep apnea. More often than not they also overlook the fact that sleep apnea can be treated by your dentist. Did you know that you may be a sleep apnea sufferer if you are managing snoring through the night? It’s true – if you’re continuously snoring, you stop your breathing from a rhythmic pattern. Seeing your dentist at the is first sign is a good idea, because they will be able to provide you with the proper mouth gear or treatment plan that is most appropriate to help treat your sleep apnea symptoms.
Sometimes sleep apnea can be hard to diagnosis mainly because the symptoms of sleep apnea often mirror the symptoms of other health conditions. However, sleep apnea should not be ignored because of the fact that it is a serious health condition. Therefore, please review these symptoms of sleep apnea:
Symptoms to look for include:
- Pain in neck, back and/or jaw
- Trouble focusing
Examination for Sleep Apnea
Providing quality dental care does not stop at general dentistry because it can extend to sleep apnea treatment. In order to get an accurate diagnosis of sleep apnea a patient would need to make an appointment with their dentist. Doing so will give them the opportunity to have a full examination.
Treatment Plan for Sleep Apnea
If the results of your examination determine that you do have sleep apnea then a treatment plan will be developed. Please review any of the possible treatment plans that your dentist may recommend for you:
- Snore guards
- Special massages and exercises for the jaw
- TMJ treatment
- Sleep apnea treatment device
While sleep apnea never goes away it can be controlled with the proper customized treatment. Doing so helps decrease the severity of the symptoms and will make sleep more enjoyable for the dental patient.
If you think you may be suffering from sleep apnea, don’t hesitate to contact your dentist to set up a consultation. A diagnosis will lead to treatment and treatment will lead to a better sleep and rest.