If you’re in the early stages of getting screened for sleep apnea, it can be helpful to know which type of medical or dental providers can help. Although most people are familiar with sleep physicians and pulmonologists, there’s another professional who can help to treat obstructive sleep apnea at its source: a sleep dentist.
Training in Oral Sleep Anatomy and Function
A sleep dentist is a general dental provider with additional training in the field of sleep dentistry. That is, they study the relationship and function of oral tissues as they relate to airway blockage. Since obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is one of the most common types of sleeping disorders, it’s only natural for medical specialists to partner with sleep dentistry offices for a tailored treatment device.
Delivering Custom Oral Appliances
A sleep mouthpiece, snore guard, or oral sleep appliance cannot be fitted or designed in a medical office. Only a sleep dentistry provider can facilitate the process. Assuming an oral device is in your prescribed medical treatment plan, a sleep dentist will be the one who takes the impressions, measurements, and adjusts the fit of your sleep device.
Do I Need a Referral?
Nope! You can call Buford Sleep directly at any time. We work with new patients to discuss their sleep health needs, as well as individuals who are CPAP intolerant but already have a physician. We’ll collaborate with your existing medical provider or arrange to have one of our networking specialists read applicable sleep study data and prescribe an appropriate appliance.
If you snore, wake up already feeling tired, or struggle with a variety of medical issues, it’s worth considering a sleep dentistry screening with one of our Buford Sleep dentists. Call today!