Dental Sleep Medicine


Have you been told you snore? Do you feel sleepy or irritated throughout the day? Have you been experiencing trouble concentrating or memory lapses? If these symptoms describe your situation, consider being evaluated for sleep apnea.
You might wonder what a dentist has to do with a sleep disorder. Well, your airways, jaw alignment, and tissues inside your mouth all come within the focus of a dental professional. Imbalances like the kind that cause mild to moderate sleep apnea can be addressed conservatively and effectively with oral appliance therapy.
You need deep, restful sleep for your body and mind to function at their best. However when someone has sleep apnea, their sleep is interrupted many times per night by breathing stoppages. The person can wake up frightened, as if they were choking, or, even if the person does not wake up during the night, the sleep is very superficial and, as a consequence, they feel sleepy, tired and in a bad mood during the day.
This is a silent illness that might cause cardiovascular diseases (high blood pressure, stroke and heart attack), depression, diabetes, erectile dysfunction and decrease in the intellectual capacity. In fact, there is scientific proof that apnea increases the risk of vehicle accidents by seven times.
The mandibular advancement appliance works this way: it adjusts your jaw’s position so it’s properly aligned to prevent airway obstruction during the night. Comfortable and compact, a nightguard is the most conservative sleep apnea therapy available and scientifically proved by research developed in many countries.
Bad sleep decreases life quality, so consider having a treatment to address snoring or apnea. When you sleep well, you are able to accomplish everything that makes you feel happy.

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