Snoring? A Visit To The Dentist May Help

Sleep Apnea Naples, FLLet’s face it. Men and women snore while they sleep. Although the sound may leave you wanting to find comfort on the couch, snoring is most often just a nuisance. The only time that your snoring should be evaluated by a medical professional is if it is related to sleep apnea.

What is Sleep Apnea?

Not all snoring is a sign of sleep apnea, and sleep apnea does not always cause snoring. Sleep apnea is a disorder that causes disrupted breathing while you slumber. The throat muscles that normally open and close while you breathe close off the airway completely or partially. This is why people with sleep apnea often wake up abruptly, take a deep breath and then go back to sleep.

Does Sleep Apnea Require Treatment?

Certainly, disrupted breathing in and of itself is a reason to seek treatment for sleep apnea, but the condition also causes other problems that interfere with life, such as:

  • Chronic fatigue
  • Depression
  • Low energy
  • Poor concentration
  • Irritability
  • Anxiety
  • Falling asleep during the day

How Can My Dentist Help with Sleep Apnea?

Machines that help with breathing are often used to help with sleep apnea, but not everyone is a good candidate for these systems. Your dentist can fit you with a custom oral sleep appliance that help keep the airway open while you sleep. These instruments are quickly becoming the preferred solution for sleep apnea versus the controlled positive airway pressure devices, or CPAP machines.

Can Any Dentist Treat Sleep Apnea?

Specialized training is needed for a dentist to treat sleep apnea. Dr. Massa has been trained in sleep breathing disorders and completed a fellowship in Advanced Dental Studies. He is uniquely qualified to help you with your sleep apnea. Dr. Massa will refer you to a sleep specialist for the initial testing and diagnosis. Once he has the results, he discusses your treatment options.

Learn More About Dental Treatments for Sleep Apnea. Contact Massa Dental Center.

To learn more about dental treatments for sleep apnea, TMD, cavities and other oral health concerns, contact Massa Dental Center today to schedule an appointment. You can contact our office in Naples, Florida, directly at (239) 597-7333.

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