A Prosthodontic Approach to Obstructive Sleep Apnea

Struggling with snoring and sleeplessness? Snoring and sleep disturbances are often signs of obstructive sleep apnea, and your oral health could be to blame.

Often, sleep apnea occurs when an individual’s airway is blocked, which interrupts the airflow and snoring may occur. Typically, an individual with sleep apnea is unaware that he or she is having difficulty breathing during the night. Some of the most noticeable symptoms of sleep apnea are chronic snoring, daytime drowsiness, waking up with a dry mouth, or sore throat and morning headaches.

Prosthodontists work with sleep physicians on multi-disciplinary teams to improve patient outcomes. American Academy of Sleep Medicine recommends an oral device for patients who can’t tolerate CPAP machine, or who travel overseas and need a portable solution.

Chronic snoring problems and interrupted sleep aren’t just an inconvenience. Untreated sleep apnea can lead to more serious health risks. There are various methods of treating sleep apnea. At Dr. Ruth Rojas we help you find the right solution for you. Remember that a Dentist’s is often the earliest diagnostician of sleep disorders.

If you think you might have sleep apnea or have been diagnosed with sleep apnea but cannot tolerate the CPAP, call our office to schedule an appointment (941) 951-7711.