Enjoy a Great Night’s Sleep Again
Sleep apnea is a new hot topic in dentistry. It’s basically a sleep disorder. Some of the classic signs with that is a person who snores, a person who has shallow breathing during their sleep. Even with kids, it’s been linked with hyperactivity in school. Some of the side effects with sleep apnea are patients that are heavy, they have a hard time breathing with that.
When I see signs or when I do a first my oral exam and I see signs that patient might have sleep apnea, I work with a patient’s medical doctor, might send them for a sleep study, and depending on the sleep study, I work with a medical doctor and see what kind of appliance is best for the patient. The doctor, depending on what results they’re getting from the sleep study, they might want to put the patient on the CPAP or a dental appliance.
So when we go on from there with that, we also … as time goes on and we see the progress and what’s happening that way, a patient can really benefit from these sleep appliances, and they can sleep better and prevent some of the complications that come with sleep apnea. It’s really important for my patients to get their proper sleep so during the day they’re not tired and they don’t know … if they can’t figure out why they’re tired or if they have a spouse that’s telling them that they’re snoring, which is one of the classic signs of sleep apnea, I want to make sure they can get their proper rest at night so they can give their best.