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Sleep Apnea Treatment

Sleep apnea is a serious disorder in which the upper airway becomes obstructed, reducing the flow of oxygen throughout the body.

Left untreated, this sleep disorder can lead to concerning health issues, including heart disease, high blood pressure, and stroke.

Drs. Talmadge D. Wilkins IV and Leah B. Wilkins offer sleep apnea treatment at the Center for Dentistry in Aiken, SC.

What are some warning signs of obstructive sleep apnea?

Diagnosing Sleep Apnea

Dentists are often the first ones to detect sleep apnea, either during an exam or discussing the patient's health history. As a qualified dentist recognized and approved by the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine (AADSM), Dr. Wilkins has undergone more extensive training in this area than most practitioners.

If our team suspects that you could have sleep apnea, we may refer you for a sleep study. During a sleep study, the exact cause of the condition can be more clearly determined. 

Once a diagnosis has been made, your healthcare team can determine the best course of action. While some individuals may require CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure), many patients can correct the problem with oral appliance therapy, a minimally invasive treatment.

Man snoring next to woman
Your bed partner can often point out certain signs like snoring.

Oral Appliance Therapy

Often the first line of defense against obstructive sleep apnea, oral appliance therapy repositions the lower jaw into a more favorable position. This opens the airway and allows for more oxygen to pass through.

"Dr. Wilkins is a qualified dentist recognized by the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine (AADSM)."
"Dr. Wilkins is a qualified dentist recognized by the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine (AADSM)."

Dental Impressions

In order to create your custom oral appliance, your dentist must take impressions of your teeth. Our Aiken dental team, serving greater Augusta, uses a digital handheld scanner to capture these images.

Oral Appliance Fabrication

Your impressions are then uploaded to our software and sent to a dental lab. There, a trained technician crafts your new device according to your dentist's recommendations.

Fitting Your Appliance

When your custom oral appliance has been made, the lab ships it back to our Aiken office. We will schedule you for a second appointment so your dentist can ensure a proper fit. Treating sleep apnea at our office consists of an evaluation, exam, an oral appliance, and follow-up appointments. 

How Does Oral Appliance Therapy Help?

before and after sleep apnea treatment
An oral appliance positions the jaw to open up the airway. When you treat sleep apnea, you reduce the risk for a number of other serious ailments, including heart problems and high blood pressure.

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Andrea K.

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What a wonderful experience! Everyone was so warm and personable, and I had an excellent dental cleaning as well. We're new to the area and it's always a gamble to find the right Vet, physician, and dentist. I'm thrilled to have found these people and now my husband can't wait to come in for a cleaning and exam. I feel like I can place my trust in them.

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Dr. Talmadge D. Wilkins IV and Leah B. Wilkins

Center for Dentistry

At Center of Dentistry, our dentists favor a patient-friendly approach to cosmetic, implant, and comprehensive dentistry. Our highly-trained staff will go the extra mile to make you feel at ease. Our dentists are affiliated with professional organizations including:

  • American Dental Association
  • American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry
  • Academy of General Dentistry
  • Pankey Institute for Florida

To schedule a visit at our Aiken, SC, dental office, contact us online, or call us at 803-648-9461 today!

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