Sleep apnea seems to be more prevalent now compared to the past. Many people have taken the sleep apnea test with their doctor or a sleep clinic. Another important part of the treatment of sleep apnea can involve your dentist. People may not think to speak to their dentist in regards to treatment.
"In the United States, the American Dental Association has made it mandatory for all dental offices to screen their patients for sleep apnea," states Dr. Ken Poznikoff from Riverside Dental Clinic.
There are people that have sleep apnea that breath mostly through their mouth, not their nose. Dr. Poznikoff recommends to "breath through your nose where the air is then hydrated and purified but if you are breathing through your mouth a lot that can create a lot of gum problems, mouth problems." A better way to breath is to keep your lips together, teeth apart, and breath through your nose," remarked Dr. Poznikoff.
It is important that your dentist works together with your physician to treat sleep apnea. "We want to make sure we work with your physician to determine other causes that could be contributing to the sleep apnea and then making sure you get the appropriate treatment," commented Dr. Poznikoff.
With the help of your dentist, it may result in better treatment for your sleep apnea.