What Is A Sleep Dentist….And Do I Need One?

Do you wake yourself up snoring?  Has your bed partner told you that you stop breathing while sleeping? Do you wake up feeling unrefreshed or tired?  If you answered yes to any of these questions….you may need to visit a sleep dentist!

 

What Is a Sleep Dentist?

A sleep dentist is a regular dentist who is an expert in the area of Dental Sleep Medicine.  They that focuses on the use of oral appliance therapy to treat sleep-disordered breathing, including snoring and obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). Dentists work together with sleep physicians to identify the best treatment for each patient.  The American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine offers a dentist locator that can find Sleep Dentist in your area.  This academy is one of many that can recommend a dentist who has studied dental sleep medicine.

 

Do I Need to See a Sleep Dentist?

Sleep dentistry caters to a whole range of sleep disorders that can be treated using oral appliances. If you identify with any of the following, it’s time to see a sleep dentist.

·       Sleep Apnea

This is caused by a physical block in the airway passages that causes a temporary halt in breathing. It could arise due to soft tissues or the tongue collapsing into the airway!

·       Lethargy

Do you usually wake up feeling tired and with a dry mouth? Chances are you have trouble sleeping due to breathing issues, which cause interruptions in your sleeping cycle.

·       Snoring

Loud, annoying and a result of upper airway obstruction, if you snore, it’s time to see a sleep dentist to address the problem.

·       Jaw Pain

If you wake up with jaw pain or soreness, a sleep dentist will be able to identify what’s causing this discomfort during your sleep.

·       Cracked/Worn Teeth

If you have sleep disorder, chances are that you grind your teeth, wearing off the enamel. Visit a sleep dentist for oral appliances.

If you’ve said yes to any of the above, it’s time to make an appointment with the nearest sleep dentist!

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