Why See a Dentist for Sleep-Related Issues?
According to the American Sleep Apnea Association, 22 million Americans suffer from sleep apnea. Unfortunately, most patients don’t understand the severity of the disorder, and it’s likely that they haven’t sought professional help — approximately 80% of sleep apnea patients go undiagnosed. If left untreated, sleep apnea can lead to strokes, obesity, heart attacks, and more.
While you may think that your primary care physician would be the first medical professional to identify signs of sleep apnea, it’s often your dentist who notices an issue. At first glance, this might seem strange, but it makes sense if you consider what dentists’ focuses are on. Dentists are experts of the oral structure — including the throat — which is where obstructive sleep apnea occurs.
Dr. Ronald Plotka is a qualified sleep dentist who will take the time to understand your sleep-related issue and do everything he can to help you regain your quality of sleep. Schedule a consultation to get started today.
Your Consultation with Dr. Plotka
Whether you already have a diagnosis from a physician or you’re suffering from symptoms of sleep apnea and need guidance going forward, we recommend meeting with Dr. Plotka at our Swampscott, MA office to discuss your treatment options.
Only a physician can diagnose your sleep apnea and prescribe treatment. If you’ve been diagnosed, Dr. Plotka will use the consultation to review the results of your sleep study and answer any questions you have. Then, he’ll present the CPAP alternatives we offer, such as oral appliance therapy.
If you schedule a consultation and don’t have a diagnosis, don’t worry. Dr. Plotka can use this time to review your dental and medical history and refer you to a qualified physician so they can give you an accurate diagnosis.
Treating Sleep Apnea in Swampscott, MA
With your prescription in hand, you’ll return to our office where Dr. Plotka will help you choose the ideal treatment for your situation.
Depending on the severity of your symptoms and the quality of sleep you currently get, you can select from CPAP, oral appliance therapy, and as a last resort, upper airway surgery.
If you want to sleep better at night or have questions about sleep apnea, contact our office to schedule a consultation with Dr. Plotka in Swampscott, MA.