Arcadia Dentistry
Matthew Milana, D.D.S., F.A.G.D.

How do dentists diagnose and treat sleep apnea?

Some dentists can diagnose and treat sleep apnea, including Dr. Milana at Arcadia Dentistry! 

Sleep apnea is characterized by irregular breathing patterns and lapsed breathing during sleep. There are three types of sleep apnea, but obstructive sleep apnea is what we most commonly treat. Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) occurs when a person’s airway is blocked, inhibiting their ability to breathe properly.

Diagnosis and Treatment of OSA

Sleep specialists and physicians can typically diagnose sleep apnea by using digital or panoramic x-rays, visual exams, CT scans, and/or sleep tests. 

Depending on the patient’s condition, Dr. Milana may recommend oral appliance therapy. Some oral appliances patients use include night guards, CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure) machines, and mandibular advancement splints. These appliances are designed to fit in the mouth and open up the airway for easier breathing. 

Causes of OSA

OSA can occur for many reasons, such as:

  • Obesity
  • Family history
  • Enlarged oral tissues (i.e., tonsils, uvula)
  • Position of tongue, jaws, or teeth 
  • Excessive overbite
  • Deviated nasal septum
  • Hormonal changes (i.e., menopause)
  • Large neck (in circumference)
  • Smoking cigarettes
  • Use of sedatives (i.e., alcohol, medication)

Common Symptoms of OSA

Common symptoms of OSA include:

  • Snoring
  • Gasping or choking during sleep
  • Dry mouth
  • Jaw pain
  • Brian fog
  • Irritability
  • Daytime tiredness
  • Migraines
  • And more!

Your Phoenix sleep apnea dentist can help diagnose your sleep apnea and resolve your symptoms with modern dentistry and close collaboration with a local physician. 

Ready for a Full Night’s Sleep?

Our team of dental experts at Arcadia Dentistry works together with local trusted physicians to control sleep apnea and improve the lives of our patients. To learn more about sleep apnea treatment, please contact our Phoenix, AZ dental office. 

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