Fresno Sleep Dentist, Dr. Blair has the Answer
The term “sleep dentist” can be sort of confusing. Some people think of a sleep dentist as a dentist who provides sedation. Others refer to a dentist who provides treatment for sleep disorders as a “sleep dentist”. In all actuality, the ADA does not recognize either as a specialty, so from their point of view, there is, as of yet, officially no such thing as a specialized sleep dentist.
Despite the lack of a true dental specialty, many dentists, including Dr. Blair, have taken advanced training to learn how to treat snoring and apnea, and they are more and more frequently being referred to as sleep dentists because they provide dental sleep treatment. There is an entire organization devoted to this segment of dentists called the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine. Dr. Blair is a member of the AADSM, as well as the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, the same organization that most sleep physicians have joined.
Sleep dentists of this type use oral appliance therapy or OAT, to reposition the mandible to keep the airway open, thereby alleviating snoring and obstructive sleep apnea. This requires an understanding of just how important the airway is and how the tissues of the mouth and throat can impact sleep breathing.
The Importance of Sleep Apnea Dentists
A growing body of evidence has linked obstructive sleep apnea to some serious health problems, including dementia, cardiovascular disease, diabetes and even certain forms of cancer. Medical experts aren’t yet sure why this link exists; however, they know that it does.
A sleep apnea dentist, such as Dr. Blair, provides an effective sleep apnea treatment that promotes clear breathing at night. This allows patients to sleep without the interruptions that promote daytime drowsiness, fatigue and a host of troubling health problems.
If you would like to learn more about dental sleep treatment at our office, please contact us today!