Diagnosing Sleep Apnea
If you suspect you have sleep apnea, getting a diagnosis is essential to receive treatment. As your dentist, we cannot diagnose you with sleep apnea, but we can help connect you with a home sleep testing service and physician to get a diagnosis. Typically, you will need to wear the home sleep testing device for two nights. Then, you will return the device where the collected data is then interpreted by a sleep physician. They can provide you with a diagnosis and recommend a treatment option.
Sleep Apnea Treatment in Woburn, MA
The most common types of treatment for sleep apnea are CPAP and orthotic devices. CPAP isn’t well tolerated due to being uncomfortable and inconvenient. Additionally, long-term compliance is low. That is one reason why we recommend orthotic devices in Woburn at Divine Smiles. Orthotic devices work just as effectively for mild to moderate cases of sleep apnea as CPAP but they’re more comfortable and more convenient.
Orthotic devices rest in your mouth while you sleep similar to a mouthguard. They hold your airway open while you sleep to prevent your airway from becoming obstructed. With more comfort and convenience, orthotic devices have a higher long-term compliance rate and therefore a better chance at reducing your risk of dementia.
If you suspect you have sleep apnea or you’re looking for a CPAP alternative, please contact our Woburn dental office to book an appointment with Dr. Clancy to discuss whether orthotic devices are right for you. Call (781) 396-8558 today to get started. The sooner you get treatment, the more you reduce your chance of dementia.