Frequently Asked Questions
How can my dentist help me with sleep apnea?
Dentists are often the first who notice signs of sleep apnea. They can look for symptoms like a red throat, mouth-breathing, and signs of tooth wear due to grinding (bruxism).
If you are experiencing OSA (obstructive sleep apnea), one of our dentists at Timberhill Dental may recommend a custom oral appliance. Wearing this device will prevent your tongue from obstructing your throat, keeping the airway open while you sleep.
If I snore, do I have sleep apnea?
Not necessarily — in general, snoring is normal. However, if you snore loudly every night, we recommend that you make an appointment with one of our dentists to find out if your snoring is a symptom of sleep apnea. Remember: Not everyone who snores has OSA, but most people who have sleep apnea do snore.
How is sleep apnea diagnosed?
Only a medical doctor can officially diagnose OSA. A referral to Sleep Medicine followed by an evaluation of a sleep study will be required in the diagnosis.
What type of oral devices do you use for treating sleep apnea?
OSA is effectively managed with the use of an OSA oral appliance. Ask your sleep doctor if an OSA appliance would be effective for you.
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We can help you get the relaxing, restful, rejuvenating sleep you need to enjoy a long, happy and healthy life.
If you suspect you may be suffering from sleep apnea, call Timberhill Dental at (541) 754-0144
Timberhill Dental also offers second opinions and will help you make the best choice for your health.