Can a dentist help with sleep disorders such as obstructive sleep apnea?


sleep apnea treatment with CPAP therapy woman, sleeping

When patients are diagnosed by their primary care physician with a sleeping disorder, their last thought is to visit a dentist. However, when patients have been diagnosed with a condition called obstructive sleep apnea, or OSA, they may be unhappy with the treatment plan set forth by their doctor. In many cases, patients with this condition have been told to utilize a CPAP machine. This machine is attached to a mask worn on the face at night when patients sleep to keep the airways open. Unfortunately, because the machine is uncomfortable and difficult to travel with, many patients do not comply with treatment and leave themselves at risk for a variety of outcomes. If you have been diagnosed with OSA and want to avoid CPAP use, now is the time to connect with a dentist who offers oral appliance therapy.

What is oral appliance therapy?

Oral appliance therapy is the use of a specialized mouth guard that is worn at night to keep the airways open—without the use of an uncomfortable machine. Oral appliance therapy is:
  • Simplistic
  • Affordable
  • Easy to travel with
  • Comfortable
  • Simple to clean
  • Improving treatment compliance

Who is a candidate for oral appliance therapy?

Patients who have received a diagnosis of obstructive sleep apnea from their primary care physician following a sleep study are viable candidates for oral appliance therapy. Many of our patients are individuals who are unhappy with the use of their CPAP machine and tend to avoid compliance with treatment because it can be uncomfortable and difficult. Oral appliance therapy offers an effective and simple solution to poor CPAP compliance.

Want to discuss the benefits of treatment in a dental office?

The team of Brentwood Family Dental is here to help patients who have been diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnea and are seeking alternative treatment to CPAP use. Dr. Jamil Alkhoury can be reached at 925-344-5296 with an office conveniently located at 4411 Balfour Road, Suite C.

Last Updated - May 2017

Dr. Jamil Alkhoury

Dr. Jamil Alkhoury

Dr Jamil Alkhoury believes dentists to be artists. Taking care of another person’s teeth is definitely an art in which Dr Jamil Alkhoury is an expert. Having graduated from University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) with a degree in Advanced Education in General Dentistry, he has always focused on the well-being of his patients. Brentwood family dental headed by Dr Jamil Alkhoury offers a wide range of services. He always keeps in touch with the developments in the field, to serve his purpose to the best of his abilities.

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