Are dentists qualified to treat sleep apnea?
All dentists, including Dr. Jeffrey Robertson, must undergo training in order to be able to treat obstructive sleep apnea using oral appliance therapy. Additionally, it will still be necessary for you to receive a diagnosis from an accredited sleep clinic. You will need to obtain a referral from your doctor in order to have a sleep study.
The AASM (American Academy of Sleep Medicine) recommends treatment for mild to moderate sleep apnea with oral appliances if you do not tolerate or do not wish to use the CPAP (continuous positive air pressure) machine for treatment of your obstructive sleep apnea.
Oral Appliance Therapy
It is true; many patients do not tolerate the CPAP machine and find oral appliance therapy a highly successful and convenient form of treatment. Oral appliances generally work by moving your lower jaw forward in order to open your airway. By keeping those muscles taut at the back of your throat, you will get better sleep with reduced or eliminated snoring.
When you contact our Irvine, CA dental office for treatment of sleep apnea, you are in good hands. Dr. Jeffrey Robertson will provide you with accurate information and an honest recommendation for treatment that best supports your overall health and wellness.
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