Sleep Disordered Dentistry
Consider Sleep Disordered Dentistry for Better Sleep and Improved Well-being
A good night’s sleep helps your body to rest, heal, and recharge. Good sleep hygiene also boosts your body’s immunity to keep pathogens in check. If you experience sleep-disordered breathing issues, your body may not receive adequate sleep for optimal functioning. It’s possible that if you suffer from such problems, your body may not get enough rest to function correctly. Like exercise and a balanced diet, sleep is an indispensable component of a healthy lifestyle.
The team at Alex Bell Dental in Centerville, Ohio, understands poor sleep patterns can take a toll on your physical and mental well-being. We offer comprehensive treatments to address sleep-related problems. Whether you are battling obstructive sleep apnea, chronic snoring, or other sleep disorders, you can trust Drs. Daniel Cobb, Lance Rose, and Anne Starkey for effective diagnosis and treatment.
Common sleep-related disorders
The oral cavity forms part of the body’s airway, making dentists perfectly placed to detect sleep-related breathing disorders. By looking at your oral structures, we can detect abnormalities that affect your sleep quality at night.
These are the common sleep disorders we can help with.
Snoring occurs as air flows past the relaxed tissues of your throat, causing vibrations as you breathe. Almost everyone snores occasionally. However, if you are a chronic snorer, it can affect your sleep quality and that of your bed partner. The many causes of snoring include unhealthy weight, poor sleeping posture, oral structure abnormalities, and alcohol use. Our doctors will work with you to determine the cause of chronic snoring for a long-term solution.
Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA)
Sleep apnea occurs when breathing is disrupted when sleeping. OSA is the most common type, affecting over 80% of sleep apnea sufferers. This condition occurs when the tongue and other soft tissues in the throat relax, blocking the airway during sleep. Although the cessation in breathing lasts about 10 seconds, these episodes can recur up to a hundred times in a night!
The most common symptoms of sleep apnea include:
- Loud snoring
- Waking up with a sore throat
- Mood swings
- Poor concentration
- Morning headaches
If sleep apnea is untreated, it can put you at risk of life-threatening health complications like hypertension, cardiovascular disease, depression, stroke, and type 2 diabetes. So, if you suspect sleep apnea, don’t delay treatment. Instead, talk to a sleep apnea dentist to put your health back on track.
How we treat sleep-related disorders
You don’t always need invasive treatments like surgery to treat sleep-related disorders. Our team offers simple yet effective solutions to manage snoring and sleep apnea. Using a customized dental splint, we can reposition your lower jaw and tongue to prevent the soft tissues in the throat from collapsing when sleeping. Continued use of a snoring or sleep apnea device restores your quality sleeping pattern, improving your overall wellness.
Besides oral appliance therapy, our holistic team uses other treatments like physical exercises, orthodontics, and lifestyle changes to manage sleep disorders. Our multi-disciplinary approach ensures a solution for most mild to moderate sleep-related conditions.