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We want your smile to be the best it possibly can be, and we also want you to feel as healthy as you can. There are some issues in your oral health that can affect how well you sleep at night, which in turn can lead to many other problems in your daily life. That’s why we offer sleep and airway dentistry to combat these issues and get you feeling your best!
What Is Sleep and Airway Dentistry?
Airway dentistry is a newer field in the dental world that is growing in usefulness. It focuses on the structure of your mouth and how that structure impacts how you breathe. Enough study of the mouth and its structure can pre-determine if you might or currently do struggle with sleep apnea—which is where sleep dentistry comes in.
Sleep dentistry is a type of dentistry that focuses on treatment of sleep apnea and heavy snoring.
Sleep apnea occurs when a patient repeatedly stops and starts breathing when they are asleep. This happens as the soft tissues at the back of the throat relax when someone is asleep to a point where they cut off the pathway for airflow. This causes the body to jerk awake to restart your breathing.
Symptoms of Sleep Apnea
You may be dealing with sleep apnea if you have experienced some or all of the following for an extended period of time:
- Daytime Sleepiness
- Sleep Deprivation
- Breathing Through the Mouth
- Loud Breathing
- Dry Mouth
- Dry Throat
- Mood Swings
- Weight Gain
One of these symptoms on its own doesn’t necessarily mean you have sleep apnea. But if you’ve struggled with multiple of these symptoms for a while, call us today to learn if you have sleep apnea.
Airway dentistry can catch early or potential signs of sleep apnea before you have to deal with the above-listed symptoms yourself.
Sleep Apnea Treatment With Sleep and Airway Dentistry
When practiced together, both sleep and airway dentistry can make a positive impact in the lives of many patients who deal with sleep apnea in any form. There are different methods that are used to treat sleep apnea:
- Diet and Exercise: Sometimes, sleep apnea can be caused by excess weight that adds to the amount of soft tissues at the back of the throat. Exercise and healthy habits can then make a big difference in reducing the impact of sleep apnea for certain patients.
- Sleep Apnea Mouthguards: Patients can use unique mouthguards that hold the jaw in an open position while sleeping, in a way that the airway isn’t blocked.
- CPAP Machines: A continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machine provides a constant flow of air into a patient’s mouth throughout the night. This helps you not jolt awake from lack of air.
- Laser Surgery: We can use our cutting-edge dental laser technology to safely and effectively tighten the soft tissues around the back of your throat for a more comfortable solution to sleep apnea.
If you’ve been struggling with not getting enough restful sleep at night, you could be struggling with sleep apnea. Call our office in Draper, Utah, today to learn how we can help treat your sleep apnea to get you breathing better and getting the rest you need!
Discover What Sleep and Airway Dentistry With Chase Inspired Dentistry Can Do for You
Contact our talented and dedicated team today to learn more about sleep and airway dentistry or to set up an appointment to come see us. Dealing with a persistent lack of sleep is exhausting and detrimental to your health. We’re here to help you feel better!
Do you snore excessively? Do you suffer from daytime fatigue? Do you awake during the night with shortness of breath? You may suffer from the life-threatening sleep disorder known as sleep apnea. About 1 in every 15 Americans suffer from sleep apnea and it is a problem that many don’t even realize they might have. But what does this have to do with dentistry? Because sleep apnea is caused by an airway obstruction, the disorder can be treated through the mouth. The Thorton adjustable positioner, or Tap appliance is one of the more popular ways to treat sleep apnea. When the jawbone yes lax, the tongue and soft tissue obstruct the airway. The tap appliance advances the jaw bone, allowing the air to flow freely and making sleep more restful throughout the night. If you think you might suffer from sleep apnea, talk to your dentist today about possible treatment options.