March 11, 2019
If you’re experiencing persistent issues with your sleep, whether they’re related to being tired all the time or chronic snoring, the last person you’d probably think to call for help would be a dentist, right? The reality is that modern-day sleep dentists are now able to find, diagnose, and even treat sleep apnea so patients can start getting the rest they need and safeguard their overall health at the same time. How? Read on to learn about the 3 ways a sleep dentist can help you overcome sleep apnea in Vero Beach.
Yes, a sleep dentist can actually tell if you’re suffering from sleep problems just by looking at your mouth! Certain factors like a narrow airway or larger than average tongue, tonsils, or adenoids can all lead to breathing difficulties during sleep, and a sleep dentist will definitely be able to spot them. They can also look for signs of bruxism, or unconscious teeth grinding. This causes a person to constantly clench their jaw while asleep, and this sends a message to the brain to wake up, which interrupts the sleep cycle.
Of course, after a sleep dentist gives you an exam and determines that you might have sleep apnea, they won’t just send you home. Many work closely with local sleep physicians in order to help patients obtain a diagnosis for their sleep troubles. If they think it is necessary, they can refer you to a sleep physician in order to have a sleep study performed. This will help determine whether or not you actually have sleep apnea. If it turns out that you do, a sleep dentist can also provide…
Right now, the most popularly prescribed treatment for sleep apnea is CPAP therapy, in which a patient wears a mask connected to an air pump to bed each night. This helps keep the airway open using a steady stream of oxygen that is constantly forced into the throat. If this doesn’t sound like the most comfortable experience in the world, you’re far from alone. In fact, according to multiple studies performed in both the US and Canada, about 50% of the people prescribed to use a CPAP machine stop within the first year.
Thankfully, a sleep dentist is able to offer a much less invasive (but still effective) alternative: oral appliance therapy. With this, all a patient has to do is wear a custom-made mouthguard to bed. It’s designed to fit comfortably over a patient’s unique teeth, and it slightly shifts the lower jaw forward, which prevents the airway from ever closing. Compared to a CPAP machine, dental sleep appliances are much more comfortable, easier to use, easier to maintain, and they’re also proven to help people stop snoring in Vero Beach as well!
So, if you find yourself feeling exhausted during the day no matter how much you sleep, or if your bed partner is constantly complaining about your loud snoring, it’s a smart move to call a sleep dentist. They’ll likely be able to provide the answers and care you need so you can wake up in the morning fully rested and feel like yourself again.
About the Author
Dr. Kenneth Mogell is a sleep dentist and Diplomate of the American Board of Dental Sleep Medicine who has been helping Florida rest better for more than 30 years. At his practice, he’s able to detect and treat sleep apnea using custom-made oral appliances, so if you’re tired of feeling tired, he’s definitely the person to talk to. To learn more about how he can help you start sleeping soundly every single night, he can be contacted through his website.
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