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Sep
19

Get a CPAP Alternative . . . at Your Dental Office?

Posted in Sleep Apnea

When was the last time you woke up feel well-rested? For many, chronic fatigue is a sign of sleep apnea.

Doctors often prescribe a CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) machine for patients who suffer from obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). OSA happens when soft tissues around the neck and throat relax to the point that they block the airways.

The result? Loud snoring and periods of zero oxygen. This leads to noise that disturbs others and a condition that leaves you shortchanged on a good night’s rest. 

Another Option

While a CPAP effectively forces air through the throat, many patients find it bulky, inconvenient, and all around uncomfortable. The airflow can cause digestive problems and dry mouth. Many CPAP users want to have a less cumbersome alternative.

Would you?

Your dentist may actually be a great option for sleep apnea treatment. As an expert of structures in the mouth, a dentist can prescribe a small orthotic device for your jaw.

Such appliances generally work in two ways:

  • Securing tongue so that it doesn’t collapse into the throat
  • Stabilizing the jaw, even nudging it forward

OSA sufferers are often eager to try these alternatives because they are simple mouthpieces as opposed to a tube, machine, and headgear.

To get the right fit for a sleep apnea oral appliance, you’ll have to schedule a consultation with a dentist who offers it. It’s better to make sure that you’re getting a customized professional piece!

A full night’s rest could be just one dental appointment away. If you’re not happy with your CPAP machine, then it could be time to give one of the alternative methods a try.

Posted on behalf of:
Allen Dentistry
551 W McDermott Dr
Allen, TX 75013
(972)359-9950

Aug
30

Could Your Dentist Diagnose You With Sleep Apnea?

Posted in Sleep Apnea

Surprised to hear that your dentist or others are now treating patients for sleep apnea?

It’s actually a doctor who would make a diagnosis for sleep apnea. But many a dentist has alerted patients to the signs that they could have a sleeping disorder.

Obstructive Sleep Apnea And Dentistry – How Are They Related?

Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA for short) is a common and serious form of sleep apnea. It happens when structures within the throat relax and collapse, blocking air from passing through.

Sufferers tend to snore loudly and their sleep is disrupted when airflow gets completely blocked off for seconds at a time. But aside from the snoring, they may not realize any sign that they are experiencing this.

Your dentist may point out to you indications in your health and oral anatomy that can make you prone to OSA. One of the telltale signs, however, shows up in your teeth.

When your oxygen supply is cut down in your sleep, your brain goes into panic mode. It forces you awake to an extent so that you can draw a deep breath. The stress can make a lot of people clench and grind their teeth.

Signs of heavy wear on your tooth enamel could point to a sleeping problem.

What Can Your Dentist Do?

If your dentist notices the signs of sleep apnea, he or she will may send you home with a sleep study that you can perform in your own house. Your doctor may advise a CPAP machine, depending on how the results are interpreted.

As an alternative, your dentist may be able to custom design a small mouth guard that helps prop open your jaw and keep it from sliding back.

A better night’s sleep could start with your next dental checkup!

Posted on behalf of:
Dream Dentist
1646 W U.S. 50
O’Fallon, IL 62269
(618) 726-2699

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

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

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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Feb
13

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

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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

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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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Nov
18

Sleep Apnea and Your Dentist

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Did you know that your dentist is often the most trusted health care professional to turn to for symptoms of sleep apnea? Due to the fact that most dentists see their patients more frequently than physicians (twice a year for routine cleanings), dentists are often the first to notice signs of sleep apnea. Often, a simple dental health screening can make your dentist aware of signs of sleep apnea.

While snoring is a common indicator of sleep apnea, people who wake in the mornings with mouth or jaw discomfort, headaches, and/or lethargy are often suffering from sleep apnea. After consulting with their patients, dentists can often detect less evident symptoms of sleep apnea like dry mouth or grinding of the teeth.

Most dentists have undergone specialized training for the treatment of sleep apnea. While a confirmed diagnosis from a sleep medical specialist may be needed, dentists are often the source of treatment for sleep apnea. If an appliance is given to a patient to be worn at night in the mouth, dentists are usually the ones making sure the appliance fits their patient’s mouth correctly. Any adjustments will typically be made by your dentist to ensure proper fit and that it safely allows the airway to remain open.

Your dentist is a medical professional and the top priority is your overall health. By remembering that your general health often starts with your mouth, you give your dentist the trust s/he needs to benefit you for life.

Posted on behalf of Dr. James C. Kincaid

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Nov
6

How Your Dentist Can Help Treat Symptoms of Sleep Apnea

Posted in Sleep Apnea

Did you know that it’s possible to get help for your sleep apnea symptoms from your dentist? That’s because dentists not only treat diseases of the teeth, but they are also provide therapy of the jaw, oral cavity, and areas around them in the head and neck. This includes handling the symptoms and complications associated with sleep disordered breathing or sleep apnea.

Many problems from sleep apnea are due to the positioning of the jaw and the collapsing of oral tissues. This prevents a flow of oxygen through the patient’s airway, causing them to snore or wake frequently due to airway blockage. Dental sleep apnea treatment includes repositioning the jaw in a way that keeps the soft tissues from coming together, making it possible to increase oxygen flow and have a more restful night’s sleep.

Removable oral guides can help your jaw stay in an optimal position when you rest. This appliance is made by your dentist to provide a custom fit that will stay securely in place while you sleep. The appliance causes your jaws to stay in a specific position so that the soft tissues in the back of your throat will not come into contact with each other. As a result, you can avoid snoring or sleep disordered breathing that bothers you and your loved one. This type of appliance is also less invasive, allowing you to position yourself comfortably in bed without worrying about masks or hoses to deal with through the night.

In some cases, dentists have been able to help their patients so much, that the patient was able to discontinue using their CPAP machine! Ask your dentist about an oral device to help eliminate your symptoms of sleeping disorders.

Posted on behalf of Linda King DDS

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