Many people regularly suffer from poor or interrupted sleep which ends up affecting your daily wellbeing. Did you know that a visit to your local dentist could be the answer to a more restful night and a healthier mind and body? From teeth grinding or clenching, to snoring and sleep apnea, your Lakewood dentists at CK Dental can improve the quality of your sleep.
Sleep apnea is a sleeping disorder which causes your breath to stop and start irregularly during sleep. It can happen multiple times an hour and can last anywhere from a few seconds to over a minute. Sleep apnea can cause loud snoring, choking or gasping during sleep, constantly interrupted sleep, general tiredness throughout the day and can even lead to more serious issues like high blood pressure and heart problems.
The most common form of sleep apnea is caused by issues inside the mouth or throat, such as collapsing soft tissue at the back of your throat, or problems with your jaw or tongue size. This is called obstructive sleep apnea because your airway is becoming obstructed or blocked during the night.
Some patients may not even realize that they have sleep apnea. Regularly visiting your local Lakewood dentist can uncover signs and symptoms of the disorder, putting you one step closer to regaining a restful night. Here are some things the dentists at CK Dental will look out for to potentially recognize obstructive sleep apnea:
While an official diagnosis of sleep apnea can only be made by a medical physician, dentists can provide treatments that can alleviate the symptoms of obstructive sleep apnea which will have great benefits on your general health.
At CK Dental in Lakewood CO, we can make customized oral appliances for you that can reduce the effect obstructive sleep apnea has on your life. If you have moderate to severe sleep apnea or central or complex sleep apnea, a CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) machine might be the best recommendation but for those patients with mild to moderate obstructive sleep apnea, a visit to your dentist might have the most beneficial results.
A non-invasive oral appliance, similar to a mouthguard, can protect teeth and jaws from the pressures of nighttime teeth grinding or bruxism. As well as helping to keep teeth from damage, a customized oral appliance can help with sleep apnea by keeping your airway open and also reduce headaches brought on by clenched jaws.
Customized oral appliances can also be used as an alternative to a CPAP machine for sleep apnea for some patients. There are several advantages of OAT (oral appliance therapy) over CPAP machines:
If you are in the Lakewood, CO area and suspect you might have sleep apnea, or you’re looking for an alternative to a CPAP machine, schedule an appointment with CK Dental, the professional dentist near you, and get back on the path of a healthy night’s sleep.
Please reach out to us via email or phone if you want more information about sleep apnea dentistry. We’re happy to talk to you about the best options for you!