Find out how a “sleep dentist” may be able to help you sleep better
Do you snore, toss and turn, or just wish you could sleep better? If you do, you may have a sleep disorder. Snoring is a sign of sleep apnea, an interruption of sleep that involves your breathing. Sleep apnea treatment from a dentist could help you to get a full night of uninterrupted sleep every night.
What is a sleep dentist?
A “sleep dentist” is a dentist who has specialized knowledge of how the alignment of the teeth and jaws can affect breathing during sleep and contribute to the blockages that cause sleep apnea. While you’ll need your medical doctor to diagnose it, in many cases of mild to moderate sleep apnea dental treatment can be an effective treatment option as an alternative to the CPAP machines doctors often prescribe.
How do your teeth contribute to sleep apnea?
Sleep apnea is caused by a blockage of the air passageways during sleep. It can be tissue in your throat or even your tongue that causes the blockage. You may breathe freely during the day but have problems when you sleep because of the positioning of your jaws and tongue while you are lying down and not conscious of your breathing. If your teeth are misaligned, your jaws may not be in the correct position during sleep to allow free breathing.
Dental treatment for snoring and sleep apnea
Snoring is the sound of air trying to get through the tissue that’s blocking it. A dental appliance or mouthpiece that is designed to fit comfortably can stop snoring by gently guiding your jaws into the right position to allow free flow of air. A dental sleep appliance is sometimes called a snoring device, but it does more than stopping snoring: it relieves the blockage to help you get better quality sleep.
Learn more about sleep dentistry
If you snore, feel tired during the day or are generally fatigued, contact us to set up an appointment for a consultation. Westminster dentist Dr Gary Imm would be happy to explain more about how dental treatment for snoring or sleep apnea could help you to sleep better.