Sleep is a hot topic in modern medicine and long ago made its way to the dental profession with good reason. Poor sleep is evident everywhere in society. Whether it’s tossing and turning at night, feeling tired all day long, early morning headaches and facial muscle soreness, kids wetting the bed or just plain ole dry mouth, it all stems from a compromised airway. Obtaining oxygen is priority number one for the human body and anything that gets in the way of this priority will be changed or altered. Many of these changes that occur can be noticed in the mouth and face. The shutting off of the airway during sleep is termed Obstructive Sleep Apnea.
While dentists have long since recognized signs and symptoms of sleep apnea, most of the time the only treatment or advice they provide is to visit an Ear, Nose and Throat Specialist or sleep specialist to have a sleep study done. This is excellent and even lifesaving advice, as studies have shown sleep apnea can shorten one’s life by 10-15 years.
Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) therapy is the gold standard of sleep apnea treatment, however, studies show that only 50 percent of people can or will wear their CPAPs. In cases like this, there is another option. It is a specifically designed mouthpiece that can be worn at night and help increase the amount of air a person gets while sleeping.
If you suffer from poor sleep, or if you have been diagnosed with sleep apnea and can’t wear a CPAP, we can help. Call 501-679-4700 or 501-500-5105 for an appointment. Consultations are free. Check out my website for more information.
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17 Wilson Farm Rd.
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12400 Cantrell Rd. Ste 1