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

Aug
29

Advances in Modern Dentistry – Are You Making the Most of Them?

Today’s dentistry is worlds away from what it used to be.

Go back a few centuries and dentistry was a side job you might ask your barber to help you out with. Dental care has evolved into multiple specialty practices and the technology only gets better with each passing year.

See how many of the following current and developing practices in dentistry you’ve heard of.

Digital scanning allows your dentist to fit you for a crown or bridge with zero messy dental impressions.

Taking photos of your teeth is a whole other story thanks to intraoral cameras and digital x-rays.

Interested in taking a whole-body-approach to your dental care? Odds are good that there’s a holistic dental practitioner near you.

Laser cavity detection makes it easier for your dentist to find decay before you even notice it.

With oral cancer-detecting lights, you can always have peace of mind from knowing that risk won’t catch you off-guard.

Wouldn’t dentistry be so much easier if you could get needle-free injections? Well, you’ll be happy to hear that’s now a thing!

Nearly all dental offices can help you sleep through dental treatment with the right sedative techniques.

Restorations are stronger, made faster, and are more conservative thanks to chairside fabrication equipment and the advent of 3D printing.

How about that sleep apnea problem you have? Are you looking for relief from TMJ pain? You might be surprised to learn that your dentist has expanded education and experience to address those concerns.

Don’t let unfounded fear or negative past experiences hold you back from enjoying the dentistry of today! Contact your local dental office for an appointment.

Posted on behalf of:
Soft Touch Dentistry
1214 Paragon Dr
O’Fallon, IL 62269
(618) 622-5050

Jul
12

How is Your Sleep Affecting Your Smile?

Posted in Sleep Apnea

Although you might not be aware of it, the quality of your sleep impacts your life in many surprising ways.

If you aren’t sleeping well, that shows in your energy levels, your demeanor, and even in your smile.

How does your sleep affect your teeth?

What Is Sleep Apnea?

Sleep apnea is a real pain for many Americans. It just drains you of energy despite the fact that you are sleeping. The condition is caused when your brain doesn’t get enough oxygen due to breathing interruptions while you rest.

There are two main types of sleep apnea: central and obstructive.

Neither of these conditions are easily detected during routine doctor visits. You usually find out when a family member or someone sleeping next to you lets you know.

Central sleep apnea is when your brain doesn’t send the right signals for you to breathe regularly.

Obstructive happens when your windpipe is blocked for anatomical reasons.

When your brain gets short on the oxygen it needs, it shocks your body into gasping for an emergency breath of air. In addition to gasping, snoring could also indicate that your airway is being blocked.

Effects On Your Smile

Your body tenses up in its fight to get air. This can cause your jaw to get tense, as well.

Because of all this, you may experience pain in your TMJ or even grind and clench your teeth in your sleep.

By examining your jaw and smile, your dentist may notice signs indicative of sleep apnea. Get help for your sleeping problem and take back your right to a good night’s rest by consulting your local dentist!

Posted on behalf of:
Marietta Smiles
175 White St NW, #300
Marietta, GA 30060
(770) 422-6521

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
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

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

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