Sleep apnea is one of the most debilitating chronic conditions American adults have to deal with today. A lack of adequate sleep results directly in poor health. It contributes to weight gain and heart disease, two problems you always want to avoid.
Fortunately, there are treatments available. One of those treatments can be started right here in our office. But what can a dentist do for sleep apnea? Well, let’s answer that question.
Why a dentist?
The reason you’d want to see a orthodontist for sleep apnea treatment is simple. These professionals deal with everything related to oral health – which includes the throat. When your airway closes at night it causes sleep apnea. Our dentists can often rectify this problem.
How does it work?
This treatment is really simple. You’ll come into our offices here at Kirby Nelson Orthodontics in North Bend, Washington, where you’ll have a mold cast of your teeth. After that, a custom appliance is made for your mouth. It looks and fits like a night guard.
That appliance opens your airway just enough to keep the air flowing consistently throughout the night. This cuts down the number of times you’ll wake up at night to breathe.
It might not seem obvious at first, but a dentist has quite a few tools to help you fix your sleep apnea. To learn more, or make an appointment, call us today at 425-888-1896. Dr. Nelson, Dr. Katz, and Dr. Roberts are here for your smile!