SOURCE: Atlanta West Dentistry

Atlanta Dental Office

April 29, 2016 12:29 ET

Atlanta Area Dentists Offering Comfortable Sleep Apnea Appliances

MARIETTA, GA --(Marketwired - April 29, 2016) - Do you wake up at night gasping for air or find yourself feeling groggy throughout the day? Dental patients in Atlanta can find a simple solution to their snoring and sleep issues at Atlanta West Dentistry.

The dentists at Atlanta West Dentistry are trained to offer comfortable oral appliances, which resemble a mouthguard, for patients suffering from a common condition known as obstructive sleep apnea, as well as for snoring issues. One in five adults has mild obstructive sleep apnea, and 75 percent of obstructive sleep apnea cases remain undiagnosed. Oral appliances are ideal for patients who cannot deal with cumbersome and uncomfortable CPAP machines, the traditional treatment for sleep apnea.

"Since we've been offering this service, we have been surprised by how many of our patients are candidates for sleep appliances and have had difficulties with CPAP devices during sleep," said Dr. Travis Watson, who operates Atlanta West Dentistry with his wife, Dr. Cameron Watson. "Our diagnostic process is simple and noninvasive. It involves taking a special cone beam 3-D image to assess the patient's airway space, and from there we can plan your entire treatment and build an oral appliance."

People with untreated obstructive sleep apnea have a higher risk of traffic accidents, heart disease and stroke. Atlanta West Dentistry began offering the oral appliances one year ago, and patients were relieved to have an alternative to CPAP machines, Dr. Travis Watson said. The device is customized for each patient and moves the lower jaw forward to open the airway.

"Helping our patients with their sleep quality has a huge medical benefit, and the sleeping partners for our patients have been the most thankful because they are also sleeping better," Dr. Travis Watson said. "Since starting sleep appliance therapy, we have been able to help hundreds of people get better quality sleep and improve their overall health in the process. It has been truly rewarding for our dental team to see these transformations."

Atlanta West Dentistry, 1808 Powder Springs Rd. SW, is a state-of-the-art office built in 2013. The practice provides all phases of dentistry, including preventive dentistry, cosmetic dentistry, restorative dentistry, sedation dentistry and dental implants. Dr. Travis Watson and Dr. Cameron Watson use the latest techniques and technology to provide thorough and compassionate dental care to all their patients.

The Atlanta dental practice offers the cosmetic solution Invisalign, which uses clear aligners to gradually move teeth into a more appropriate position; dental implants to replace missing teeth; laser dentistry to treat patients with gum disease; and comfortable digital impressions. The staff also uses a handheld device known as The Wand to deliver local anesthesia without pain.

A Georgia native, Dr. Travis Watson earned his undergraduate degree in microbiology at the University of Georgia. He then received his Doctor of Dental Medicine degree from the Medical College of Georgia School of Dentistry. Following dental school, Dr. Travis Watson was accepted into the General Practice Residency at University of Alabama-Birmingham, one of the country's top residency programs. The program expanded Dr. Travis Watson's dental skills to include oral surgery, dental implant placement and IV sedation.

Dr. Travis Watson has completed more than 2,000 hours of continuing education over the past 10 years. He has trained at The Dawson Academy and The Pankey Institute, two of the most prestigious dental training institutes in the country. Dr. Travis Watson is one of the youngest dentists to have earned a Fellowship with the Academy of General Dentistry. In 2014, he was rated in Atlanta Magazine as one of the city's 5-star dentists, and during his residency, he was presented with the Most Outstanding Resident award. Dr. Travis Watson also holds a Fellowship with the International College of Dentists and is president of the Georgia Academy of General Dentistry. Dr. Cameron Watson earned her Doctor of Dental Medicine degree from the Medical College of Georgia School of Dentistry in 2002. She trained in sedation dentistry with the Dental Organization for Conscious Sedation. Dr. Cameron Watson renders safe nitrous oxide and oral conscious sedation to patients suffering from dental anxiety or for patients who need multiple treatments completed in one visit.

Dr. Cameron Watson is trained to place Invisalign for patients with crooked teeth, gapped teeth or mild bite issues. She completed her training in orthodontics with the Aligntech Institute -- the makers of Invisalign -- and American Orthodontic Society. She also received training in endodontics from the Essential Dental Training Center in New York City.

Dr. Cameron Watson was listed by Cobb Life Magazine as a rising star younger than 40. She holds memberships with the Georgia Dental Association, American Dental Association, Dental Organization for Conscious Sedation, Northeast District Dental Society and American Orthodontic Society.

Atlanta West Dentistry supports the Kiwanis Club, Alzheimer's Association, WellStar Foundation, March of Dimes' March for Babies, The Center for Children & Young Adults of Cobb County (CCYA), Good Samaritan Health Center and MUST Ministries.

Atlanta West Dentistry serves patients of all ages and provides beautiful and natural-looking restorations that will last for years. Patients in the Atlanta area struggling with missing teeth can find solutions by visiting the website www.AtlantaWestDentistry.com or calling the office at 770-744-4619.

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