Can a San Antonio, TX dentist offer treatment for obstructive sleep apnea?
At Miner Dental, we proudly offer obstructive sleep apnea treatment to patients in and around the community of San Antonio, TX. Patients dealing with difficulty sleeping properly at night due to obstructive sleep apnea may be tired of their prescribed positive airway pressure machine. Instead, patients can speak with Dr. Philip Miner about their condition to determine if oral appliance treatment for obstructive sleep apnea is another effective way of getting a good night’s sleep without cumbersome medical devices.
What is obstructive sleep apnea?
Many patients might not even realize that they have obstructive sleep apnea. That is because many of the noticeable signs occur at night while they sleep. Obstructive sleep apnea is a condition where a blockage in the airway causes patients to stop breathing. They awaken, only to fall back asleep and experience the same issue. This cycle of sleep and no sleep can make an eight-hour night of rest equate to less than four hours due to the continued wakening and the inability to reach the deeper, more restorative levels of sleep needed to feel one’s best the next day. This sleep deprivation compiles over time and causes patients to experience daytime symptoms such as:
- Daytime fatigue
- Increased depression or anxiety
- Poor memory and concentration
- Poor work performance
How can a dentist help with OSA treatment?
Many primary care physicians do not give patients multiple options for sleep apnea treatment outside of a CPAP machine, which is large, cumbersome, and uncomfortable. Instead, a dentist can recommend oral appliance therapy, where patients wear a specialized mouthguard that maintains open airways and allows patients to rest as needed to function each day.
Learn more about OSA treatment with our San Antonio, TX dentist
If you would like to learn more about receiving obstructive sleep apnea treatment here at Miner Dental, contact us today at (210) 934-5265 and ask for a meeting with our dentist, Dr. Philip Miner. With the assistance of our dental team, patients can make educated decisions regarding the health and function of their smiles and manage conditions such as obstructive sleep apnea. The office is located at 1100 NW Loop 410, Suite #825, San Antonio, TX.