Can a dentist treat my sleep apnea?
Sleep apnea is a serious condition that can only be diagnosed by a physician at an accredited sleep study center. Continuous positive airway pressure (or CPAP) is the first-line therapy recommended to treat obstructive sleep apnea.
However, if your sleep apnea does not resolve with CPAP or if you have difficulty with CPAP, please call our office. Other treatments for sleep apnea are available, including night guards that help to reposition your jaw to open your airway.
The most common form of sleep apnea, obstructive sleep apnea, occurs when your airway is blocked by your own anatomy cutting off the flow of oxygen to your brain for a few seconds or more. When you stop breathing, your brain signals your body to wake up and start breathing again. The result is a poor night’s sleep.
Dr. Sean Drower is trained to treat obstructive sleep apnea by creating custom nightguards. These special nightguards work by gently guiding your lower jaw forward, which opens your airway, allowing you and your partner to get a better night’s sleep.
If you suffer from sleep apnea and would like to know if you are a candidate for this alternative treatment, call our Keene, NH office and schedule an evaluation with Dr. Sean Drower.