Dental Sleep Medicine

Do you have trouble sleeping at night because you have disrupted breathing when you sleep? If you snore, wake up gasping, clench or grind your teeth at night or during the day, you may have obstructive sleep apnea (OSA).

What is Obstructive Sleep Apnea?

Obstructive sleep apnea makes it hard to get restful sleep. When you fall asleep, the muscles in the back of your throat and tongue relax. For some people, these muscles relax so much that the airway collapses. This leads to many pathologies that we can identify on a 3D (CBCT) image and discuss with you. One treatment option is to use a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machine. You’ll wear a mouth and nose piece that’s connected to a small machine sitting on your nightstand. A CPAP machine keeps air moving through your lungs during the night, so you get restful sleep. However, not everyone adjusts to a CPAP machine and gets better sleep and this is where a supportive dental orthotic can help.

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How Does Dental Sleep Medicine Help?

Chittenden Dental is dedicated to giving you the best sleep possible. That’s why we specialize in Dental Sleep Medicine. This is an area of dentistry that focuses on creating custom-made oral appliances to help you sleep. Dental Sleep Medicine can treat sleep-disordered breathing, snoring, and sleep apnea. A custom-fit dental orthotic can help you sleep soundly through the night. You won’t wake your partner with snores in the night, or wake up numerous times throughout the night. When you crawl under the covers, just put in your oral appliance to sleep soundly. They’re custom fit to your mouth, so they’re easy to put in and take out. This dental orthotic will allow your jaw joints to function in the optimal way: providing orthopedic stability for your neck and head through your teeth. It keeps your airway from collapsing when you sleep. This simple solution can treat sleep apnea and help you sleep through the night as well as protecting your chewing system from the damage that apnea can cause due to the clenching and grinding.

The Benefits of Dental Sleep Medicine

An oral appliance can help you wake up feeling energetic, and you’ll enjoy all the great benefits of deep and restful sleep. Some benefits of Dental Sleep Medicine include:

A completely non-invasive treatment, so there are no risks.

Oral appliances are easy to wear, and comfortable during the whole night.

Oral appliances are a lot more portable than CPAP machines. You can take your oral appliance anywhere, and get great sleep when traveling.

Dental Sleep Medicine can help you sleep deeply, feel more alert, and improve your mood.

An oral appliance can reduce daytime drowsiness and fatigue.

Wearing an oral appliance and sleeping better can prevent serious health concerns such as heart disease or high blood pressure.

Dental Sleep Medicine can reduce or eliminate snoring. Your partner will also enjoy a good night’s sleep!

Dental Sleep Medicine can improve your sleep and your quality of life. Dr. Mike Morris provides Dental Sleep Medicine in Burlington. If you haven’t been getting enough sleep, visit the Chittenden Dental team and learn more about oral appliances that can help you sleep soundly.

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