Sleep Apnea and Dentists

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When you get a bad night’s sleep, it’s hard to be in a good mood. Not only that, but poor sleep can have a whole host of negative effects on your overall health, too. From fatigue to bad eating habits and a slower metabolism, lack of sleep really hits your body hard.

So if you’re having trouble sleeping, would you ever consider visiting a dentist for help? Most people don’t, but there is one cause of sleep disturbance that a dentist can help with – sleep apnea.

But what is sleep apnea, and how can a dentist treat it? Let’s take a look.

What is it?
Sleep apnea is a disorder in which your airway closes frequently throughout the night, causing you to run out of oxygen and stop breathing. A sudden jerk awake – which you almost never remember – helps you resume regular breathing. The problem is that this happens dozens of times per night.

That many moments of being jerked awake is obviously not good for your sleep. So what is there that can be done to help prevent or treat sleep apnea?

Dr. Robin Khan and Dr. Melissa Nensel at Dentistry For Health in Omaha, Nebraska have all the tools to help treat your sleep apnea. One of the most common treatments is a mouthguard, otherwise known as a dental appliance. This guard fits in your mouth and is designed to be worn at night. It might take a bit of getting used to, but not much. What it does is tilts your jaw at such an angle that your airway stays open throughout the night. This eliminates the need to wake up to breathe.

While it’s not a completely effective treatment, it helps numerous people. To see if it could help you with your sleep apnea problems, give us a call today at 402-932-0282. We can’t wait to help you start sleeping better!