By Brock Thomas, DMD.
Sleep Disorder Dentistry
Sleep Apnea and other sleep disorders have increasingly become an area of focus in modern dentistry. Dentists are being called upon to be part of the medical team that treats sleep apnea. As medical diagnoses for sleep apnea have risen in the last few decades, so has the awareness about this potentially serious health issue.
I have had many of my patients seek my help for sleep apnea through the use of dental devices. We use the latest anti-snoring devices to help our patients breath better at night.
Medical research on sleep apnea has uncovered serious health issues related to this disorder and its association with decreased oxygen levels while you sleep. Health issues include a higher risk of strokes and heart problems. Sleep studies can determine if you have sleep apnea, but snoring alone is not always an indication of the disorder. If you are diagnosed with sleep apnea, the CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) machine has become the gold standard for treating the condition because it improves your oxygenation as you sleep. Unfortunately, many people cannot tolerate the CPAP forced air mask, which is the main feature of this machine. Oral devices can be the best alternatives to using the CPAP machine. These devices will either reposition the tongue or the jaw so that a patient’s airway remains open during sleep.
We Can Help You Sleep Better
Among the many oral devices we recommend patients consider for sleep disorders are anti-snoring devices from companies such as Glidewell. If you suffer from sleep apnea or you snore loudly, seek an appointment at our office. We treat many patients with sleep disorders using suction bulb devices such as the Glidewell mouthpiece and can help fit you with the correct size. Call our office for a consultation to discuss your sleep issue.
You do not have to suffer through restless nights of sleep any longer. You can also spare your partner from the sleep disruption that he or she endures from your disorder’s characteristically loud snoring. These problems can be controlled, but they require professional attention. If you are interested in learning more about sleep apnea and dental devices that can help, please contact us.