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Can a Wichita area Dentist offer Sleep Apnea Treatment?

Many patients who deal with sleep apnea are often dissatisfied with the treatment their primary care physician has suggested. For most, CPAP machines are often the way doctors suggest individuals take care of their sleeping disorder. However, these machines can be invasive and uncomfortable. This is when patients turn to alternative treatments available through their Wichita dentist such as oral appliance therapy.

Oral appliance therapy is a wonderful treatment option for patients who have mild or moderate obstructive sleep apnea and snoring. These appliances, which are similar to specialized mouth guards, are used to address common obstructions. They can help hold back enlarged uvulas, the tongue, and even excess tissue in the throat to keep airflow from becoming blocked.

Obstructive sleep apnea is a sleeping disorder that can cause patients to be unable to breathe many times a night, resulting in restless sleep and low blood oxygen levels. Sleep apnea is often associated with snoring, though the two are not one in the same. A sleep study must be done in order to properly diagnose someone with obstructive sleep apnea and provide effective treatment for the condition.

If obstructive sleep apnea is not treated, it can lead to serious problems and consequences. Patients who have sleep apnea may experience other medical and lifestyle problems including:
  • Congestive heart failure
  • Heart disease
  • Increased risk of strokes
  • High blood pressure
  • Diabetes
  • Daytime tiredness
  • Chronic headaches
  • Memory loss and concentration issues

Patients who have had problems with sleeping and believe they may be dealing with this condition are first encouraged to have a sleep study and evaluation done to receive a proper diagnosis before visiting with the team of East Wichita Dentist about alternative solutions to CPAP use.

At East Wichita Dentist, we believe in providing our patients with a wide range of services including sleep apnea treatment for individuals who are unhappy with their CPAP treatment. Oral appliance therapy is a great way for patients to address their condition and do so in a way that is comfortable and non-invasive. Contact our practice today to book a consultation appointment today and evaluate your condition to see if oral appliance therapy is appropriate for you.
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