When To See a Dentist About Your Sleep
It may seem odd to discuss your sleep habits with your dentist. However, there are certain sleep disorders that can be effectively treated with the help of a qualified dentist who is trained in dental sleep medicine. If you are snoring loudly or waking up gasping for air throughout the night, you may be a candidate for sleep apnea treatment.
What is Sleep Apnea?
Sleep apnea is a common sleep disorder characterized by pauses in breathing or shallow breathing while you sleep. The episodes occur due to obstructed air flow, and the lack of oxygen to the brain signals your body to wake up gasping for air. Sleep apnea episodes can occur hundreds of times per night and are commonly accompanied with loud snoring. If left untreated, sleep apnea can lead to poor sleep quality, disruptive daytime symptoms and can even be dangerous to your health.
How a Dentist Can Treat Sleep Apnea?
The most traditional way to treat sleep apnea is a CPAP machine. Unfortunately, these are bulky and not tolerated by all patients. A dentist, however, may be able to customize a special oral appliance to keep your jaw in an open position during the night and prevent sleep apnea episodes.
At Dream Dentist, we proudly offer oral appliance therapy to successfully treat both sleep apnea and snoring and give you the quality sleep you need to stay healthy. Our dentist will make sure your sleep appliance is fitted with maximum comfort, and we will monitor your progress to ensure it is reducing your harmful and disruptive sleep habits.
If you are someone you know suffers from sleep apnea or snoring problems, it is time to make an appointment with our qualified sleep apnea dentists. Call Dream Dentist in O’Fallon today.
O'Fallon, IL 62269