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Sleep apnea patients may benefit from visiting a dentist
Updated: 6/18/2010 7:01:09 PM

Sleep apnea patients may benefit from visiting a dentist Patients who are suffering from sleep apnea may consider visiting their dentist, according to the Pennsylvania Dental Association (PDA).

This is because dental appliances and surgeries can prevent certain types of the disorder, including obstructive sleep apnea, a condition in which the muscles in the back of the throat relax too much while an individual is sleeping, causing the breathing airway to collapse.

Following the dental appointment, the PDA recommends seeing a sleep specialist to confirm the disorder before undergoing any surgical procedures or having appliances made. Once the diagnosis has been confirmed, the dentist or oral surgeon will have a better idea of which type of treatment plan is appropriate for the patient.

"Oral appliances and surgical procedures offered by dentists and oral and maxillofacial surgeons can be very beneficial in the treatment of obstructive sleep apnea and snoring," said David Stanton, a PDA member from Philadelphia who specializes in studying obstructive sleep apnea.

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