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Discovering CPAP Alternatives With Dr. Hobbs
CPAP is an electric-powered machine that continuously blows air into the patient’s airway while they sleep at night, allowing them to breathe regularly. Although it can be highly effective for treating obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), many patients complain that their CPAP machine is loud, restrictive, and inconvenient to use, often making it difficult for you or your partner to sleep.
Dr. Hobbs in Longview uses custom-made oral appliances to effectively treat patients with mild-to-moderate sleep apnea. This unique device looks a lot like a sports mouthguard and it’s favored by a lot of our DentaCare patients who were dissatisfied with their CPAP machine.
Many of our patients prefer using an oral appliance because it provides the following advantages:
- Small and convenient
- More affordable
- Improved sleep
- Silent and non-intrusive
- Patients feel happier and more energetic
Your Patient Guide for Sleep Apnea Treatment
Do you think you might have sleep apnea? If you’re looking to improve the quality of your sleep, health, and life, then check out our free patient guide to find out more about this sleep disorder.
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Meet Dr. Edward Hobbs
Dr. Hobbs is an experienced sleep dentist and a member of the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine. He’s undergone extensive training that enables him to provide top-notch care for our sleep apnea patients in Longview.
Dr. Hobbs features oral appliance therapy which many of our patients prefer over CPAP. He shares his advanced sleep dentistry knowledge with fellow professional by participating in teaching and mentoring programs across the United States and internationally.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can dentists treat sleep apnea?
Yes, dentists are able to provide patients with treatments for sleep apnea. While a physician may prescribe a CPAP (continuous-positive airway pressure) machine for sleep apnea treatment, this isn’t your only treatment option. Dr. Hobbs can help patients who dislike their CPAP find a better-suited treatment option.
Dr. Hobbs can provide a convenient and comfortable oral appliance. Oral appliances are similar to mouthguards, but they’re created uniquely to treat sleep apnea by keeping your airway open. Dr. Hobbs can also offer guidance on how you can alleviate your sleep apnea symptoms through certain lifestyle changes.
How can a dentist tell if I have sleep apnea?
Since dentists are educated on the health of the mouth and throat, they can often tell if you’re displaying sleep apnea signs when performing examinations. While your dentist may be able to point out these signs, you must be formally diagnosed by a physician to receive treatment. We’ll determine your diagnosis through the help of a sleep test, which monitors your body while you’re asleep to detect any issues.
Once you’ve got a sleep apnea diagnosis, Dr. Hobbs can help you with a treatment plan. With a convenient oral appliance and some lifestyle changes, you won’t have to worry about sleep apnea affecting your daily life.
How is sleep apnea diagnosed?
Sleep apnea is diagnosed through a sleep test. For the test, you’ll be hooked up to a non-invasive machine that’ll monitor your body while you sleep, detecting any issues. This is a study that can be done in a sleep clinic or in the comfort of your own home.
A physician will examine your sleep test results and let you know if you have a sleep disorder. Once you’ve been diagnosed with sleep apnea, Dr. Hobbs can help you find a sleep apnea treatment that works best for you.