Sleep Apnea Treatment

Sleep Apnea

Untreated sleep apnea affects much more than the quality of your rest – it can damage your personal relationships, your health, and your overall quality of life as well. Many people don’t realize that dentists can offer valuable assistance with this condition, but it’s true! At Desert Vista Dental, patients can receive the informed knowledge and treatment they need to regain their wellbeing and wake up feeling ready for the day.

Obstructive sleep apnea occurs when a patient’s airway becomes partially or fully blocked during rest, resulting in a dangerous lack of oxygen. Because of this, the brain is forced to awaken the patient to readjust and reestablish airflow. Common symptoms of sleep apnea include the following:

  • Loud, chronic snoring
  • Constant daytime exhaustion/fatigue
  • Problems with memory and/or concentration
  • Morning headaches
  • Morning dry throat
  • Gasping and snorting during sleep (check with your bed partner)

Here in Scottsdale, our dental team can help identify patient’s risk for sleep apnea alongside your general physician or sleep specialist. Our state-of-the-art GALILEOS cone beam scanner gives us an in-depth view of the oral airway and sinuses, providing valuable information that may point towards the need for further treatment. 

While CPAP treatment may still be the treatment of choice for many sleep apnea patients, others aren’t able to tolerate the associated bulky machinery and uncomfortable facial mask on a daily basis. Our team can offer an alternative – oral appliance therapy. This customized device is convenient and comfortable, slightly repositioning the jaw and/or tongue during sleep so that the airway stays clear. Oral appliance therapy and traditional CPAP therapy can also be combined in some cases for even more successful results.

Contact us today if you have any questions for our team, or if you’re ready to schedule your first appointment.