Can Your Dentist Help You Sleep Better?

You usually tell your dentist when something seems amiss with your oral health, like a toothache or bleeding gums. Yet, it may not occur to you to speak with your dentist about your snoring habit, or whether or not it might indicate a more serious sleep disorder. Nevertheless, millions of patients who snore chronically or suffer from obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) have found relief and better sleep with help from their dentists. That’s because such issues typically originate with your oral tissues, and as an expert in such tissues, your dentist can provide the most appropriate solution.

Snoring, Sleep Apnea, and Your Oral Health

Conditions like chronic snoring and sleep apnea (which is marked by excessively loud snoring) often occur because your airway is being partially or completely obstructed. In the case of snoring, excessively large or over-relaxed tissues can block some of your airway, forcing air to pass through a much smaller than usual space. In the case of sleep apnea, this obstruction is complete, which stops you from breathing altogether for several moments at a time.

A Comfortable, Custom-Designed Solution

Though snoring and sleep apnea are common sleep breathing disorders, many patients can address their conditions conservatively with a custom-designed oral appliance from their dentists. The appliance can be custom-made to fit comfortably over your teeth and dental ridges and designed to offer consistent support for your lower jaw. It helps keep your airway open by giving it and your oral tissues more room to rest comfortably, preventing the blockage that leads to snoring and sleep apnea episodes.

Ask Your Dentist About Snoring/Sleep Apnea Treatment

As an expert in oral health issues, your dentist may be able to help you overcome snoring and sleep apnea by preventing your oral tissues from clogging your airway. To learn more, schedule an appointment by calling Lathrop Dental Center in Katy, TX at 832-437-3849. We proudly welcome patients and families from Katy, Fulshear, Weston Lakes, Simonton, Richmond, Rosenberg, Brookshire, Wallis, Orchard, Cypress, Sealy, Columbus, and all surrounding communities.