It’s becoming a habit for you to wake up and feel as if you had not been refreshed even when you have gotten eight hours of sleep. There are also times when your sleep breaks up after every hour or so. Both scenarios leave you feeling drowsy throughout the day, which makes you unable to concentrate on your usual activities.
This type of situation is common for people who experience ‘sleep apnea.’ It is a disorder that affects the way you breathe when you’re asleep. In common cases, the soft tissues in the back of the throat relax during sleep, which causes the airway to be blocked and make you snore. The brain will disturb your sleep and wake you up when the oxygen level in your blood drops. You will then gasp or choke as your body strives for more air to oxygenate your blood.
How can dentists help you get a good night’s sleep?
Being diagnosed with this condition is difficult to deal with, especially if you terribly need to rest after a long day of hard work. We have in our clinic dental practitioners who have taken up sleep medicine courses to help you get the rest you need.
Many sleep disorder specialists refer patients to us. These patients have not responded well to assisted breathing treatments from CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure) machines. This type of equipment will require you to wear a mark with prongs that fit into your nose. It can help to increase air pressure in your throat so your airway does not close when you breathe in. CPAP has proven to be uncomfortable with some patients who sometimes wake up and realize that they have taken off the mask in their sleep.
Our dentists can help you resolve your sleep breathing problems with mouth-guard devices such as mandibular positioning devices and tongue retaining devices. They reposition your jaw or tongue at night, which provides a large airway and eases breathing problems when you sleep. This type of treatment guarantees at least 80-90% success in helping you breathe well while you get the zzz’s you need. Try our mouth-guards for yourself. We will create special customized upper and lower mouth guards to help change the position of your jaw at night.
Schedule an appointment with us today! We will fit you with a customized mouth-guard so that you’re comfortable every time you wear it. Making sure that the fit of the mouth-guard is secure and snug will make you—and us—sleep better at night.