How can a dentist treat sleep apnea?
To treat sleep apnea, a patient must first have a sleep study performed to confirm a diagnosis of sleep apnea as well as the severity of sleep apnea. We will refer our patients to a recommended sleep doctor. In the state of Texas, only a physician can order a sleep study to be performed. Unlike in the past, where most sleep studies required going to a hospital or facility, nowadays most sleep studies are performed in your own bed. After a diagnosis of sleep apnea is confirmed, if a patient is shown to have moderate to severe sleep apnea, CPAP or surgical intervention will most likely be first discussed. If a patient has mild to moderate sleep apnea, or cannot tolerate CPAP, we can provide patients with a sleep apnea device. This device is a specialized mouthpiece that will aid the patient with breathing.