Can Regular Dental Care Cure Sleep Apnea?

According to Huston Sleep Solutions, as many as 18 million Americans suffer from sleep apnea. This is an ailment that seems to be growing more common. If you’re wondering how to lessen the effects of sleep apnea, you may be wondering if regular dental care can help cure sleep apnea. Today, we’ll take a closer look.

Using a Mandibular Advancement Device (MAD)

An MAD is more similar to a typical mouthguard. This device covers the upper and lower jaws and uses hinges to prevent your lower jaw from sliding backward and making breathing more difficult. It may take a bit of time to get used to the device, but you will likely find your sleep to be improved. Dr. Phillips is a Diplomat with the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine and is a wonderful resource of information about the relationship between sleep apnea and your dental care.

Regular Dental Care Improves Your Overall Health

While you may not be able to completely cure your sleep apnea by visiting the dentist regularly, you will enjoy greater comfort through their help. Many people’s dentists are the ones to diagnose their sleep apnea. Your dentist is an important part of your overall health team and should be looked upon as a resource. They are often the first line of defense when it comes to spotting and diagnosing several medical conditions. Make sure to visit your dentist regularly as part of your annual health and wellness check-ups.

We are proud to serve the dental care needs of our local community. If you need to find a family dentist who will take the time to make sure you’re receiving the care you need, contact Drs. Phillips & Schmitt, DDS, PA today to schedule a consultation.

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