Can A Dentist Help Me Sleep Better?
- Posted on: Nov 30 2017
Millions of people suffer from some sleep disorder that is caused by congestion, abnormalities in the nasal cavity, medications and other issues. Snoring and sleep apnea are the most recognized types of sleep disorders. While snoring is a frustrating condition, it may not need requirement treatment if it is caused by medications, congestion, and other harmless issues. When a sleep disorder is caused by abnormalities in the nasal cavity or throat, medical treatment is needed to make sure that the person breathes properly while sleeping.
A sleep specialist may recommend a continuous positive airway pressure, or CPAP, machine to help with your sleep apnea, but your dentist may also be able to help with sleep dentistry.
What is Sleep Dentistry?
Sleep dentistry is often confused with sedation dentistry, a treatment that uses medications to help patients relax during dental procedures. Sleep dentistry is a specialty that helps patients sleep better through the use of special oral appliances. Dr. Garza specializes in the treatment of physiologic obstructive sleep apnea, or OSA.
How Do Oral Appliances Help with Sleep Disorders?
Oral appliances for sleep disorders work by holding your lower jaw in a position that keeps the airway open while you sleep. The appliances have proven effective for snoring and sleep apnea.
Am I a Candidate for Sleep Dentistry?
Dr. Garza works with Braebon and MediByte®, two leading sleep test organizations. Each patient is screened for OSA with an at-home sleep test. The results of the test are evaluated by Dr. Garza and sleep experts at these organizations. If the findings indicate that you have a sleep disorder, Dr. Garza may prescribe the Micro2 appliance. The Micro2 is the preferred sleep dentistry appliance due its comfort and suitability for people who cannot use CPAP machines.
Interested in Learning More About Sleep Dentistry? Contact Dr. John A. Garza.
For more information about sleep dentistry, treatments for TMJ, custom orthotics and other services that we offer, contact Dr. John A. Garza. Our office is conveniently located in Gilbert, Arizona, and you can contact us directly at (480) 539-7979.
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