Deep sleep helps in starting a fresh morning with the gush of energy required to face another day filled with numerous activities. Sound sleep is very essential for our well-being and health. In recent times, many people complain about different types of sleep disorders which are somewhat new to the medical field.
The impact of sleep loss and sleep problems can range from moderate to even fatal. There are multiple treatments available to help get rid of sleep related issues, but first sufferers need to be diagnosed for the root cause of the sleep loss or interrupted sleep.
Sleep Apnea is a common sleep disorder in which patients have difficulty breathing while they are asleep. There are two types of Sleep Apnea:
- Obstructive Sleep Apnea, where the airway blockage is caused in the soft tissues of back throat.
- Central Sleep Apnea,where the brain is less stimulated during sleep thus it fails to send signals to the muscles to breathe.
Central Sleep Apnea is more common among Americans. Lack of brain stimuli during sleep can cause significant brain damage. Therefore, this condition requires immediate attention and calls for medical examinations.
Sleep medicines are traditional way to treat sleep disturbances, but have their own side effects. Now dentistry has found new avenues in treating sleep loss and sleep related breathing issues. The treatment approaches in sleep dentistry are proving extremely helpful and much better when compared to sleep medicines.
Sleep Disorders and Dentistry:
Dentists are more familiar with the oral structure and are in a better position to identify the sleep problems. They can even spot the snorers in the dentist’s chair.
The treatments of sleep disorders through oral therapy are highly effective. This is the reason sleep disorder treatments are rapidly finding new a new home in the areas of dentistry.
Dentistry is connected to sleep disorder treatments through oral appliance therapy which makes use of specially designed equipment to deal with the disturbed sleeping. There are certain oral procedures too that can help in alleviating the sleep related problems. However, not all dentists can perform sleep treatments and only the ones who are well-trained and enrolled on the panel can be able to perform the treatments.
Different treatments that are available in dentistry to treat sleep disorders are:
- OAT (Oral Appliance Therapy): Co-treating sufferer with physician’s supervision as well as by using Oral Appliance Therapy (OAT) simultaneously. OAT is basically a device that patients need to wear as they sleep. It functions as a mouth guard and prevents the airway blockage during sleep. It keeps the jaw and tongue away from the throat in a forward position and prevents the throat from collapsing.
- Oral surgical procedure: The air blockage during sleep is treated by surgically bringing the tongue forward and away from the throat.
- CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure): is an airway pressure ventilator that continually supplies required air pressure to sufferers to keep them breathing on their own during sleep.
Patients suffering with sleep loss or chronic sleep related breathing disorders are finding utmost relief with sleep dentistry treatments.
If you have sleep problems or simply have a question related to sleep disorders and dentistry, get in touch with us.
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Dr. Steffany Mohan is the Owner of Plaza Dental Group and is a leading dentist in Des Moines, Iowa. Dr. Mohan is an expert in implant, family and cosmetic dentistry, is Invisalign certified and has gained a reputation of excellence in the dentistry community. Plaza Dental Group has built a reputation for excellence and its close doctor-patient relationships, which has made them one of the premier offices of Iowa dentists