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 it's severity. 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.
What if I'm diagnosed?
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.
If you have any questions or concerns, don't hesitate to contact our Houston, TX dental office today for more information! We are happy to answer any questions regarding sleep apnea that you might have!