Snoring and sleep apnea are the source of common health and oral health issues. So it isn’t surprising that patients often ask us – what type of doctor do you see for sleep apnea?
In short, the answer to that question – what type of doctor do you see for sleep apnea, varies depending on the severity of the sleep apnea and the causes. There are different types of sleep apnea, including obstructive sleep apnea and central sleep apnea. Within both types, the symptoms and resulting health problems may range from mild to severe.
According to Johns Hopkins Medicine, sleep apnea is common, but it is more common with higher body weight. At least 3 percent of people with an average Body Mass Index and over 20 percent of obese people experience sleep apnea. Often the first clue is a comment from a roommate, spouse, or sleeping partner about snoring.
Sometimes, people are surprised to learn that a dentist is often the first medical professional to recognize potential sleep apnea. This is because dentists, like us, are very familiar with the face and head anatomy, so we sometimes notice signs of sleep apnea. We also understand the dispositions and risk factors. Regular visits to your dentist can be a vital part of identifying and treating sleep apnea.