How can a dentist treat Sleep Apnea? | Arlington VA Dentist

How can a dentist treat Sleep Apnea?

Did you know that your dentist might be able to help you with your sleep apnea? If you or your loved one has been suffering from sleep apnea, you’re probably ready for a solution. It’s common knowledge that sleep is important in maintaining a happy and healthy lifestyle, and if you’re not getting the proper sleep you need due to sleep apnea, then you might want to look into the possible treatments. If you’re familiar with sleep apnea, then you’ve likely heard of the CPAP machine as a treatment as well as surgery. However, maybe you can’t quite commit to either of these treatments and you’re looking for another option. So how does your dentist come into play?

Dentists have promoted the development of oral appliance therapy. This is a device that is worn in the mouth while sleeping, very similar to a mouth guard or retainer. Essentially, it is a custom-designed oral appliance that is effective in preventing sleep apnea because it stops the airway from collapsing. The device maintains your jaw in a forward position so that you can breathe more freely. Talk to Dr. Salim about your sleep apnea symptoms and see if the oral appliance therapy is right for you.

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