Your Dentist CAN Help With Sleep Apnea
Author: Dr. Rima Solanki, DMD
Yes, it is correct that your dentists at Spring Lake Dental Group can help you with sleep apnea! It is common for your primary care doctor to diagnose you with a sleeping disorder called sleep apnea. This disorder is often determined through sleep studies that can be done at home or in a hospital settings. Your primary care doctor may recommend you to use CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure) machine or MAD (Mandibular advancement Device). CPAP is a bed-side device that delivers air to the patient via a hose and mask attached to patient’s nose, mouth or both. MAD is an oral appliance that brings major muscles of the tongue forward improving the airway shape in the oropharynx and allowing air to flow more rapidly to the lungs. In mild to moderate cases, patients can be treated successfully using MAD. MAD also has a higher compliance rate than CPAP machine due to associated intolerance. Patients at Spring Lake Dental Group must be referred from their primary care doctor to have MAD custom fitted. Feel free to talk to your dentists at Spring Lake Dental Group to discuss sleeping disorders and treatments!