Sleep apnea is a condition that is characterized by breathing that stops and starts repeatedly as you sleep. If you wake up still tired after a full night’s sleep or tend to snore loudly, you may have sleep apnea. Although symptoms such as loud snoring can be disruptive, sleep apnea could lead to other, more serious conditions, which could jeopardize more than just your sleep. Your sleep apnea treatment can take many forms; below, we explain why you should visit your dentist to help with this condition.
How a Dentist Can Help
Some patients may be shocked to find out that a dentist is often the first professional to recognize that the patient may be suffering from sleep apnea. This is because skilled professionals, such as York dentist Dr. Gordon Bell, can spot the signs of sleep apnea; for example, worn down teeth can be a sign of bruxism, also known as teeth grinding, which is associated with sleep apnea. Other signs include receding gums and an increase in cavities.
Dr. Bell may also observe your mouth’s anatomy. The condition of your jaw, tongue, and throat can also indicate sleep apnea. Fortunately, treatment options are available to you at the Center for Dental Excellence.
During your consultation, Dr. Bell will discuss problems you have with snoring and sleep and will take accurate measurements of your mouth structures to help develop a treatment plan for you.
About Oral Appliance Therapy
Dr. Bell offers TAP® and SomnoMed® oral devices as treatment options for patients suffering from sleep apnea. These devices are worn by the patient during sleep to help improve the ability to breathe properly, which encourages restful sleep. Accurate impressions of your mouth are taken in our office to create a mouth guard. Your exact specifications are used for your guard, which helps position the mouth in a way that supports open airways.
Sleep Apnea Treatment in Hellam & York, PA
If sleep apnea is negatively impacting your quality of life, Dr. Bell and his dedicated team are here to help you lead a healthier life, free from the effects of this disruptive condition. At our office, we can determine if you are a good candidate for sleep apnea treatment and will work to design a care plan for you that helps you get better sleep at night and lead a better, more well-rested life during the day. To schedule a sleep apnea consultation at the Center for Dental Excellence, contact our Hellam or York office at (888) 906-2343.