If you snore or fear you suffer from sleep apnea, your dentist may have a solution for you
Who can diagnose if I have a snoring problem or sleep apnea?
If you suspect that you have a snoring problem, severe teeth grinding or sleep apnea, you can visit your dentist for advice.
By examining the conditions of your mouth, throat and teeth, together with detailed discussions with you and your spouse as well as a sleep test, a dentist can gather more information on your risks of snoring or sleep apnea.
For example, your dentist will be able to tell if you grind your teeth, which is something your brain makes you do in an attempt to open your airways.
Headaches, sore jaws, and worn-down or sensitive teeth are some ways that your dentist can tell if you grind your teeth.
How can the dentist help me deal with my snoring or sleep apnea problem?
Treatment for sleep apnea is to use the Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) machine. However, for snorers and patients who cannot tolerate the CPAP, your dentist will be able to provide an alternative solution.
Worn during sleep, the custom-fitted oral positioning appliance is similar to an orthodontic retainer or a sports mouthguard. It brings the lower jaw slightly forward and prevents the airway from closing so you can breathe comfortably and reduce snoring.
According to research studies, 91 per cent of patients reported improvement in sleep quality after wearing a snoring appliance.
The best way to find out what type of treatment you need is to schedule for an appointment with your dentist, who may send you for a sleep test if he/she suspects that you suffer from sleep apnea.