Sleep Apnea and snoring (upper airway resistance) can be serious matters, even life threatening. Today, with new knowledge and technology, dentists are able to treat snoring. Additionally, the medical profession is becoming aware of dentistry’s contributions in helping in the management of sleep apnea and physicians are referring patients to dentists knowledgeable in treating this problem. In fact, dental appliances are now recommended by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine as the first choice for treatment of these conditions. Dental procedures are non-invasive and are kept at a minimum expense to you, and many medical insurance plans cover the procedures.
Before Dr. Beougher prescribes an oral appliance for your particular problem, a variety of diagnostic procedures will be necessary. A comprehensive evaluation of your oral structures including the temporomandibular joint (jaw joint), gums, teeth, and muscles will be performed along with x-rays. We may also recommend a sleep study, if you haven’t already had one.
For questions about snoring and sleep apnea, please contact our office for more information.