How a Dentist Can Help You Sleep
Dentists who are sleep experts can make a big difference in the quality and quantity of your sleep. They take a bigger role in identifying and treating sleep disorders, especially obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), a condition that affects your airway and can cause frequent stops in breathing while you sleep.
There are more than 190,000 practicing dentists in the United States. Dentists specializing in sleep disorders can help you with your sleep problems by:
- Identifying the problem
- Suggesting a sleep study to diagnose the issue further
- Evaluating the results of the sleep study
- Suggesting treatment options to cure the problem
- Performing surgery to treat the disorder
Dental interventions help you get your life and health back on track. They also decrease your chances of acquiring chronic diseases and suffering from the symptoms of sleep disorders.
Mandibular/Oral Appliance Treatment
Oral appliances have become an increasingly popular treatment for sleep apnea. These custom-created mouthpieces can help you breathe at night by keeping your airway open. They do this by pushing your lower jaw forward slightly, enough to keep your airway from closing but not so much that it’ll be uncomfortable.
Most of the time, oral appliances are just as effective as CPAP. In addition, these small, portable mouthpieces are much easier to use, making them a popular choice among patients.
Potentially Permanent Changes for Sleep Treatment
In addition to oral appliances, our experts can offer a life-changing treatment. We can use 3D expansion to permanently change the structure of your mouth and throat to correct sleep apnea issues. These changes mean you may eventually be able to sleep peacefully at night without the need for CPAP or an oral appliance. This freedom is unmatched by other sleep apnea treatment methods, as they require you to continue treatment every night.
Contact Our Office for Incredible Treatment Options
Sleep treatment has evolved to become easier and more effective than ever. To learn more about your options, contact us by calling (443) 341-3085 or by filling out our online contact form. We look forward to speaking with you.