Sleep apnea: we screen patients that have sleep apnea and we have physicians, sleep physicians, that we refer to for the diagnosis. And if the physician approves an oral appliance to be used for the treatment, then they can come in here and we get impressions and we send it to the lab and we then order the appliance. And then monitor them on a yearly basis to see how they are doing with the appliance, whether it's effective and whether it's treating their symptoms and also, we also refer them back to the sleep physician so they can evaluate also and make sure that the appliance is still working, or whether they need a different kind of appliance that the physician would recommend. But most of the mild to moderate cases, if the sleep physician approves it, then we can treat them in-office with the oral appliance. And so, that's how that goes. We have a questionnaire that helps us to screen those kind of patients, if they have that sleep problem, then, we identify those patients and then give them the referral to the sleep physician.
Dr. Mathew and our Creekview Family Dentistry team take sleep apnea very seriously, as it can greatly affect your daily life. It causes interruptions in your breathing due to blockage of your airway, typically because the soft tissue in the back of your throat collapses as you slumber. This can make you feel pretty miserable when you’re awake and eventually lead to major health issues if left untreated.
Our Lewisville, TX dentist know how to combat sleep apnea so you can get your best night’s sleep and experience improved overall health. Call us today at 972-505-3423 to learn about our sleep apnea treatment.
How We Can Solve Sleep Apnea Issues
First, we need to determine you are suffering from sleep apnea. We will conduct a screening at our Lewisville, TX office, which can be confirmed by a diagnosis from your doctor once you’ve undergone a sleep study. If you don’t have a primary care physician, we’re happy to refer you to a doctor we trust.
If left untreated, sleep apnea can result in high blood pressure, strokes, heart failure, diabetes, and other serious issues. You should look into having a sleep study conducted if you’re experiencing any of the following:
- Loud snoring
- Tossing and turning
- Waking up with shortness of breath
- Drowsiness and/or lack of energy during the day
- Headaches upon awakening
- Mood swings
If you are dealing with sleep apnea, we will create a custom and comfortable oral appliance, which shifts your jaw so your air passage isn’t blocked while you sleep. It’s a simple solution that can make a world of difference.
Dr. Mathew cares about long-term dental health and demonstrates that concern through membership in different professional organizations like American Dental Association, Academy of General Dentistry, Texas Dental Association and Dallas County Dental Society.
Let’s Make Sure You’re Catching the Healthiest Zzz’s
Call our Lewisville, TX dentist office today at 972-505-3423 or fill out our online form so we can assess if you require sleep apnea treatment. Creekview Family Dentistry wants you to enjoy not just your smile, but excellent health from head to toe.