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Greenville, SC 29607

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(864) 729-8661

Dentist Greenville SC

463 Woodruff Rd.
Greenville, SC 29607

Sleep Apnea Treatment

Sleep apnea is a medical disorder that can be tricky to detect because the symptoms appear while the patient is sleeping. Although it can be difficult to spot, it’s far from uncommon. In fact, approximately 25 million Americans suffer from the effects of sleep apnea. Symptoms can include a chronically dry mouth, lethargy, irritability, impaired mental functioning, snoring or gasping as you wake up at night, or the inability to fall asleep at night time.

How Sleep Apnea is Detected

It’s not uncommon for the family dentist to be the first medical professional to suspect a patient has sleep apnea due to the more frequent contact most dentists have with their patients. If after talking with the patient, the dentist suspects you may suffer from sleep apnea, you may be referred for diagnosis to a sleep medicine specialist. Typically a sleep study is conducted. The results of the sleep study are analyzed and a diagnosis made, if appropriate.

Treatments for Sleep Apnea

There are a number of treatments available for sleep apnea. The treatment prescribed depends on many factors such the severity and medical condition of the patient. Treatment solutions may include the prescription of a CPAP machine. This machine pumps air through a mask worn at nighttime to help maintain positive air pressure in the patient’s throat at nighttime to keep the airways open. A surgical procedure may be recommended in some cases.

One of the most common and least-invasive treatments is the custom-made sleep apnea dental appliance. This appliance looks and feels a lot like a regular night guard. But it is specially designed to help keep air passages clear when it’s being worn. If this solution is right for you, the dentist will take impressions of your mouth and send them off to the dental lab where are custom fit sleep apnea dental appliance will be created. You’ll have a fitting session with the dentist where he will discuss how to use it as well as the best means for daily care for your appliance. We’ll make sure it fits perfectly and all your questions are answered before you leave!

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Keenan W. Smith DMD PA

Keenan W Smith DMD PA

General Dentist in Greenville, SC


Meet one of Greenville’s best dentists, Keenan Smith. Dr. Smith is an avid volunteer in our community and above all a generous person who devotes his time to helping others. He and his wife Christina, along with their five children, are active members of Grace Church.

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Keenan W. Smith DMD PA

Eric Rackley DMD PA

General Dentist in Greenville, SC


Dr. Eric Rackley has been a part of our practice family since May of 2018 and has been serving patients in the upstate since 2017. “I’m not from here, but I got here as soon as I could!” he often says. A proud alumnus of Clemson University...

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Dr. Keenan W. Smith DMD PA
463 Woodruff Rd
Greenville, SC 29607
Office Hours:
  • Mon 8 AM - 5 PM
  • Tues 8 AM - 5 PM
  • Wed 8 AM - 1 PM
  • Thur 8 AM - 5 PM
  • Fri 8 AM - 1 PM
  • Sat    CLOSED
  • Sun   CLOSED