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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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