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Jun
9

Struggling to Get a Good Night’s Rest? Your Dentist Can Help!

Posted in Sleep Apnea

In view of all the demands we face in daily life, it’s not surprising that most Americans are under a lot of stress.

This tension unfortunately tends to manifest itself during the one time we can relax and unwind: bedtime.

A couple of common sleep disorders include sleep apnea and bruxism. 

Suffer From Sleep Apnea?

Sleep apnea is when your brain doesn’t get enough oxygen while you’re sleeping. It usually happens because soft tissues in the throat relax and close off the airways.

Lack of oxygen triggers another wave of stress in the body that quite often results in bruxism.

What Is Bruxism?

Also known as teeth grinding, this habit usually happens when you’re unconscious in sleep.

Whether you are under stress or your body is panicking over the lack of air, you may start clenching and grinding your teeth when you sleep. This is damaging to teeth and can cause problems with your TMJ.

How Your Dentist Helps

By taking a look at your mouth and asking some questions, your dentist might be able to help you figure out whether you have a sleep disorder.

He or she will let you know if your throat anatomy could contribute to sleep apnea. Signs that you’re clenching your teeth out of stress might include gum recession, worn enamel, and jaw issues.

What’s more, many offices can design a customized mouthguard that can protect your teeth from grinding forces. Others act as splints that support your jaw so that it can’t slide back and block your airway.

What sleep solutions can your dental office provide? Call today to find out.

Posted on behalf of:
Hudson Oaks Family Dentistry
200 S Oakridge Dr #106
Hudson Oaks, TX 76087
(817) 857-6790

Jan
30

Let Your Dentist Help You Kick CPAP to the Curb!

Posted in Sleep Apnea

If you suffer from obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), you understand that snoring is more than just an annoying habit – it’s a sleep wrecker.

“CPAP” is an acronym for “continuous positive airway pressure.” It’s a system used to treat OSA by forcing air into the airways to keep them from collapsing in on themselves.

Unfortunately, about half of all individuals dependent on CPAP find it almost impossible to use. Not only is the machine bulky, but simply wearing it can ruin your sleep as badly as the snoring.

Have you felt similarly about your CPAP machine?

Consider talking with your dentist about your problem. You might be surprised at what you learn.

In fact, some dentist specialize in offering alternative methods for treating sleep apnea. One of these includes “OAT” – oral appliance therapy.

What is OAT?

An oral appliance is a customized device that works by keeping your jaw propped in a position that maintains an open airway at the back of your mouth. Different mouthpieces can either stabilize your jaw or move the position of your tongue.

It’s a little trial-and-error at first to find the one that suits your unique anatomy. Many patients feel it’s worth this effort because they prefer a retainer tray over the CPAP machine, any day.

The best part is that you’ve got 50 different FDA-approved devices to choose from.

Is an Oral Appliance Right for You?

Like CPAP, OAT is not for everyone. Other options include visiting an oral surgeon who can evaluate the cause of your snoring and recommend surgical and non-invasive treatments. Your dentist can give you the best recommendations.

Get started today by calling your dentist for more information.

Posted on behalf of:
Georgia Dental Sleep Disorders
2627 Peachtree Pkwy #440
Suwanee GA 30024

Jan
6

Sleep Apnea Dangers

Posted in Sleep Apnea

Do you snore while you sleep at night?  If so, you may have a condition called Sleep Apnea.

Sleep Apnea is a serious disorder in which breathing is disrupted during sleep. If this condition is left untreated, people with this disorder could stop breathing repeatedly throughout their sleep at night. The brain and the rest of the body may not be getting enough oxygen.  In addition, untreated Sleep Apnea can cause the following conditions:

  • Heart Disease
  • High Blood Pressure
  • Type 2 Diabetes
  • Stroke
  • Depression
  • Headaches
  • Snoring

Who is at risk for Sleep Apnea?  People can get this condition at any age.  Some of the risk factors for Sleep Apnea include being over the age of 40, overweight, male, or having a large neck circumference.

Being overweight raises the risk for sleep apnea because fatty deposits in the neck can block the breathing airway at night.  Usually this happens when the soft tissue in the back of the throat collapses while sleeping.  If the overweight individual loses weight, the sleep apnea can often be cured.

Sleep Specialists recommend using a CPAP machine, which is a machine with a mask attached to a hose.  Sleep Apnea patients use this machine at night to help them breathe easier while they are sleeping.  The CPAP machine increases the air pressure in the throat so the airway doesn’t collapse when breathing in.

Once patients have been diagnosed with sleep apnea and have used the CPAP machine, they say they sleep better and feel better.  Unfortunately, there is a lack of awareness among the public about sleep apnea and thus many patients are left undiagnosed and untreated.  It is important to be informed about this serious condition so patients can seek proper treatment.

Posted on behalf of:
Sleep Better North Georgia
2627 Peachtree Pkwy #440
Suwanee GA 30024

Dec
27

Oral Signs of Sleep Apnea

Posted in Sleep Apnea

Sleep apnea can make you feel fatigued all day, impact your blood pressure, and cause a number of other health conditions. But did you know that it could also impact your smile? In fact, many people may not realize that they even have sleep apnea until their dentist notices the symptoms.

Here are a few things to have your dentist check for:

Worn, Flat Teeth

As you sleep, your body will be fighting to open the airway in order to improve oxygen flow. Studies have shown that sleep apnea patients often grind and clench their teeth together forcefully when oxygen levels are low. 

Dry Mouth / Sore Throat

Breathing (or trying to breathe) through your mouth will dry out your mucosal tissues. Mouth breathing generally makes your mouth feel very dry when you wake up. It can even contribute to bad breath. For the same reason, people with sleep apnea may also get sore throats regularly.

Periodontitis

Dry mouth and poor circulation can make your smile more susceptible to gum disease. If you already have good oral hygiene and are experiencing unexpected gum health problems, it could be that you are not sleeping well enough at night.

TMJ Problems

Forcefully moving your jaw open or closed as you sleep (due to an attempt gain oxygen) could make the muscles around the TMJ feel fatigued. The stress of the condition causes muscle tension, creating pain or even headaches that radiate from the TMJ into the face.

If your dentist spots any of these problems or you are experiencing oral symptoms of sleep apnea – ask if an oral sleep apnea appliance can help!

Posted on behalf of:
Gwinnett Family Dental Care
3455 Lawrenceville Hwy
Lawrenceville, GA 30044
(770) 921-1115

Sep
8

Do I Have Sleep Apnea? Can My Dentist Help?

Posted in Sleep Apnea

Sleep apnea can go undiagnosed until the symptoms are so significant that they interfere with everything in your day-to-day life. How can you know whether or not sleep apnea is something that you’re suffering from?

Symptoms of sleep apnea often include:

  • Headaches
  • Jaw Pain
  • Worn Teeth
  • Obesity
  • High Blood Pressure
  • Snoring
  • Sleepiness

The condition of sleep apnea may develop over time, with or without snoring. As you are stressed during your sleep, you may tend to clench your jaws tightly together. This creates complications associated with TMJ disorder; such has headaches and muscle pain that radiates through the neck, shoulders and back. Constant waking throughout the night is caused by lack of oxygen flow, which results in excessive tiredness throughout the day. While your dentist can screen for sleep apnea, you will need to see a sleep physician and have a sleep study completed before your dentist can help.

How can my dentist help?

Once you’ve officially been diagnosed with sleep apnea or have had a sleep study performed, your dentist can take steps to manage the condition. Many people find that wearing a custom fitted oral sleep apnea appliance can improve their sleep as soon as the first night. You may even be able to eliminate the use of CPAP equipment.

A custom oral prosthesis will naturally open your airway by sliding the lower jaw forward. This prevents the tongue, tonsils, soft palate and back of the throat from sealing themselves against one another.

Are you ready to get the quality of sleep that you and your loved one deserves? Call your dentist today to find out more.

Posted on behalf of:
Linda King, DDS MAGD
4146 Georgia 42
Locust Grove, GA 30248
(770) 898-8872

Dec
28

Why Dental Sleep Appliances Really Work

Posted in Sleep Apnea

Is it true that dental sleep apnea appliances actually work? Yes. It’s not just a gimmick; it’s science!

Oral sleep appliances help to naturally open your airway by preventing the collapse of soft tissues in the back of your mouth. Normal anatomy like your tongue, soft palate and your esophagus can collapse together and seal off the airway causing apnea or simply chronic snoring. Using methods that mirror rescue breathing used by first responders, an oral sleep apnea appliance guides the lower jaw forward to prevent these tissues from sealing against one another. This function produces tremendous results!

See Results the Very First Night 

Wearing these oral devices can provide you with immediate benefits. Most people see a difference during their very first night. Depending on your type of sleep apnea, an oral sleep appliance can completely eliminate all symptoms of your condition. Not only that, but there aren’t any loud noises like other types of sleep therapy equipment. When you wear an oral sleep apnea appliance, you can sleep in any position that is comfortable – on your side or on your stomach – because there are no bulky pieces of equipment.  Just a smooth, form-fitting guard that stays put all night long.

If you’ve seen a sleep disorder doctor and are looking for options to treat your sleep apnea or snoring, then just ask your dentist! Many people find that they are able to eliminate the need for CPAP machines by simply wearing these small, non-invasive oral appliances at night. Talk to your dental provider to find out if they are a sleep-dentistry dentist!

Posted on behalf of :
Prime Dental Care
417 Wall St
Princeton, NJ 08540
(609) 651-8618

May
8

How Your Dentist Can Correct Sleep Apnea

Posted in Sleep Apnea

Are you and your sleep partner losing a good night’s rest due to sleep apnea or sleep disordered breathing? Have you tried everything, and become frustrated with CPAP equipment that seems invasive and is loud? There’s an alternative to traditional sleep apnea treatments, and it’s no further than your dental office.

Dentists can effectively treat and manage their patient’s sleep apnea symptoms by using a small, non-invasive dental prosthesis. It may sound too good to be true, but this prosthesis works in a natural way that opens the airway similar to the method used for rescue breathing during CPR. A dental sleep apnea prosthesis guides the jaw forward, opening the area between the tissues in the back of the mouth. This clears the airway and allows oxygen to flow freely without being blocked by the tongue, soft palate, tonsils, or back of the throat.

Many people get instant results from their sleep apnea prosthesis, and some are able to completely eliminate their need for equipment like CPAP machines. Making the dental prosthesis is very easy, and all that is needed is an impression of the upper and lower teeth. Within 1-2 weeks, your dental sleep apnea prosthesis is ready for pick-up. You deserve a night of great sleep, no snoring, and the ability to turn whichever direction you like, without worrying about invasive equipment. No matter how severe your sleep disordered breathing is, it’s time to talk to your dentist about a simple, quick, effective way to manage your condition. You’ll find that better sleep will help you live a healthier life each and every day, and it all starts with your mouth!

Posted on the behalf of Dr. Sarah Roberts, Crabapple Dental

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Mar
8

Sleep Disorders and Gum Disease

Posted in Sleep Apnea

Sleep disordered breathing not only interferes with your rest each night; it also increases your risk to suffer from gum disease and vice versa. Because both conditions are linked with inflammation, they place the immune system under increased stress and susceptibility to other conditions, allowing them to worsen as opposed to improving. People that suffer from sleep apnea are also more likely to experience problems such as auto accidents due to inadequate rest at night. They and their loved ones both suffer from less restful sleep, and may even have to sleep in other rooms due to snoring, equipment, or fitful sleep.

Managing both gum disease and sleep disordered breathing can begin at the dental office. Dental cleanings reduce the amount of bacteria in the mouth, and put patients on the fast track to eliminating gum disease conditions along with oral hygiene education to improve home techniques. By eliminating tartar and being on a rigorous home care routine, daily bacterial levels can be dramatically reduced, and gum inflammation or bleeding can be completely reversed. This reduces the strain on the immune system as well as the complications it causes to patients with sleep apnea.

Oral sleep appliances are another very minimalist way to improve airflow and reduce the need for invasive treatments like CPAP machines. These devices work to reposition the soft tissues in the back of the mouth into an unblocked position by guiding the jaw forward, the same method that is used during airway opening in CPR. As a result, patients can rest more comfortably, in different sleeping positions, and without the bulky equipment used for traditional sleep apnea treatments.

Posted on behalf of Randy Muccioli

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Feb
13

My Doctor Says That I May Have Sleep Apnea and to See My Dentist!

Posted in Sleep Apnea

Sleep apnea is a very serious condition that impacts millions of people every night as they try to sleep.  In addition to causing the person to not sleep well, the condition can be life threatening, as the person involuntarily stops breathing while they sleep. The time breathing stops can range from several seconds to a minute or more.

Luckily, in most cases, the brain signals the body that breathing has stopped and causes the person to partially awaken and resume breathing again.  In most cases the person is not aware that they have stopped breathing.  One of the most important side effects of sleep apnea is the person’s inability to get any quality sleep, as their body is constantly partially awakening to resume breathing.

In general, people that are overweight and snore loudly are more susceptible to sleep apnea than other people.  Symptoms include being tired during the day, as well as awakening during the night for no apparent reason.

One of the most effective treatments for sleep apnea is the use of an oral appliance, which is made by a sleep apnea patient’s dentist.  This appliance is worn during the night and forces the lower jaw to protrude slightly forward from its normal position.  This causes the back of the throat and airway to be open while sleeping, eliminating the sleep apnea, as well as reducing snoring.

The appliance is cost effective and comfortable to wear.  Once the sleep apnea patient gets use to it, they will forget that they are even wearing it!  What they will notice however is how much better rested they feel.

Posted on behalf of Dr. James C. Kincaid

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Dec
17

A Dental Approach to Sleep Apnea

Posted in Sleep Apnea

Sleep disorders like sleep apnea, snoring, or sleep disordered breathing can make it very difficult on you and your loved one to ever get a solid night’s rest. As a result, your daytime activities and physique are also affected. Problems getting a good night’s sleep can affect your blood pressure, blood sugar, migraines, and many other physical factors. Thankfully, patients that typically turn to invasive treatments like CPAP machines are now finding that their dentist can offer an alternative, minimally invasive treatment instead.

Oral sleep apnea devices can help eliminate the need for using CPAP machines, even in people with severe sleep apnea. As a result, you have more freedom to move around; less invasive equipment, and can sleep in a more comfortable environment. From the very first use, an oral sleep apnea appliance can significantly impact your quality of life, and ability to sleep.

So how does an oral sleep appliance work? Your sleep therapy dentist will create an appliance that helps position your teeth, jaws, tongue, and oral tissues in a way that prevents air blockage and accommodates natural airflow. You see, typically people with sleep disorders will have a collapse of the soft tissues in the back of the throat, blocking airflow and causing them to wake up due to a lack of oxygen. Moving the jaw forward and positioning the tongue in a way that prevents it and the soft palate from blocking the esophagus, airflow is blocked to begin with. This allows the patient to fall asleep and continue sleeping without constantly waking due to suffocation.

If you or your loved one suffers from sleeping disorders, ask your dentist about an oral sleep appliance today!

Posted on behalf of Dr. Lawrence Rosenman, Springfield Lorton Dental Group

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