How Can My Dentist Help With Sleep Troubles?
You know that when you don’t get a good night’s sleep, your day suffers. Sleepless nights lead to long days and decreased performance at work and can even lead to car accidents! The dentists at Westermeier Martin Dental Care understand the importance of both dental health and a good night’s sleep. You may be wondering, “how can my dentist help with sleep troubles?” We’re glad you asked!
If you have obstructive sleep apnea, which is one of the most common sleeping problems doctors diagnose, a dentist can help alleviate your sleep issues and have you sleeping like a baby.
What is obstructive sleep apnea?
Adults who suffer obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) have a condition that stops them from breathing hundreds of times a night. They will stop breathing from a few seconds up to a minute and close to 25 million adults deal with this nightly.
Sleep apnea is a condition that occurs when the muscles in your throat relax when you’re sleeping and this means the soft tissues collapse and block your airway. When this chronic condition occurs, you stop breathing and reduce your oxygen levels. A breathing pause is usually followed by your waking up; this all leads to interrupted and a restless and non-rejuvenating sleep.
Signs of sleep apnea include:
What leads to sleep apnea and sleep troubles?
Why does sleep apnea need treatment?
Left untreated, sleep apnea can lead to more than excessive daytime fatigue, headaches and memory loss. Sleep apnea is a threat to your health as it increases the risk of workplace accidents and drowsy driving.
Health concerns include:
How is sleep apnea diagnosed?
Let your doctor know if you’re tired or if a family member says you snore. He can order a sleep evaluation which could take place either in your home or in a sleep clinic. A sleep specialist will evaluate data collected during the sleep study and give you a diagnosis.
The dentists at Westermeier Martin Dental Care provides our patients a sleep screening questionnaire to help them determine if they have sleep issues.
What treatments are available for obstructive sleep apnea?
There are several options including:
Oral appliance therapy is an effective treatment for those suffering sleep issues and snoring. Ask your dentist for more information the next time you’re in for a dental cleaning or examination. If you simply want information on how the dentists at Westermeier Martin Dental Care can assist you with sleep disorders, give our office a call today.