Dental Tips Blog

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

Nov
20

Sleep Apnea Induced Grinding

Posted in Mouth Guards

What do sleeping patterns have to do with your smile? Is sleep apnea something you need to discuss with your dentist? Interestingly, there is a significant connection between your breathing difficulties while sleeping and the future of your teeth.

The Effects of Sleep Apnea

Sleep apnea can lead to heart problems, stroke, high blood pressure, diabetes, or even just headaches. Another common side-effect is bruxism. Bruxism is the habit, conscious or unconscious, of grinding and clenching the teeth. This habit often occurs at night during sleep and can be a result of stress. Your brain gets a little panicky from the lack of oxygen, so it signals your jaw to move more to open up the airways. This motion could be putting extra pressure on your teeth.

Bruxism can be deadly to your teeth because it causes unnatural stressors to be placed on them. This tension causes premature wear and increases your chances of tooth fracture. The pressure can also damage crowns and fracture fillings, resulting in early failure. The tension can strain the TMJ, so sleep apnea could also lead to jaw pain and disorders of the joint.

Protect Your Teeth From Stress

If your teeth are suffering from the effects of chronic grinding and clenching, then a protective oral appliance is the best. A specially fitted mouthguard can be fabricated to protect your teeth and dental work. This mouthguard is worn only at night (while you are sleeping) when apnea and bruxism occur. Or, an oral sleep apnea appliance can protect your teeth as well as enhance the flow of air while you rest. This in turn reduces the clenching and grinding.

If you are currently dealing with sleep apnea, then you certainly don’t want to add dental concerns on top of that. Talk to your dentist about the best options for protecting your smile if your teeth are at risk from the effects of sleep apnea.

Posted on behalf of:
Pleasant Plains Dental
5850 W Hwy 74 #135
Indian Trail, NC 28079
(704) 815-5513

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

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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Oct
22

Dental Treatment For Sleep Apnea

Posted in Sleep Apnea

Sleep apnea is a serious condition that affects many people in the United States. It is estimated that at least 12 to 18 million people are suffering with sleep apnea. It is caused by the airway being blocked through the night. Throughout the night, you can stop breathing. Did you know that your dentist is responsible for treating any problems you have with sleep apnea?

If you are having symptoms of sleep apnea you need to schedule an appointment to see your dentist immediately. There are ways to treat this condition. The most used treatment is through Continuous Positive Airway Pressure. Through a machine it will push air through your airway to keep it open. Some dentists will also use Mandibular Advancement to treat sleep apnea simply because they are more comfortable.

Sleep apnea needs to be treated no matter how moderate to severe the symptoms are. You will want to make sure your dentist is one that is educated in sleep apnea. Also, you want to be sure your dentist is continuing his/her education of sleep apnea treatment. If you think you might have sleep apnea, here are a few questions you can inquire your dentist with:

  1. Are you a member of the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicines?
  2. Do you go to the annual meeting of the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicines?
  3. Do you have an ear, nose, and throat practice that you work closely with?

With some research you can find the best dental professional to treat your sleep apnea case.

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

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