Thursday, April 9, 2009

Getting Help for Sleep Problems – from a Dentist?

CBS 2 News in Chicago reports that a growing number of dentists are practicing “dental sleep medicine.” What does dentistry have to do with sleep?

The most obvious connection between your teeth and your sleep is
bruxism. This occurs when you grind or clench your teeth during sleep.

Bruxism can damage your teeth and cause jaw discomfort or pain. It also can briefly disturb your sleep – and wake up your bed partner.

A dental sleep medicine specialist can fit you with a mouth guard that you wear during sleep. This will protect your teeth and reduce the grinding noise.

But dental sleep medicine specialists aren’t just bruxism experts. They also may be able to help you with
snoring and obstructive sleep apnea. These problems involve a partial or complete blockage of your airway.

A dentist who practices dental sleep medicine can fit you with an
oral appliance to wear during sleep. This is similar to an orthodontic retainer. It keeps your airway open by holding your tongue or slightly moving your lower jaw forward.

AASM approves oral appliance therapy as a treatment for snoring. It also recommends that an oral appliance may be an effective treatment option for mild or moderate sleep apnea.

Treatment with
CPAP therapy is the best option for severe sleep apnea. A board-certified sleep specialist at an AASM-accredited sleep center can help you determine which treatment option is best for you.

The sleep center will refer you to a specialist in dental sleep medicine for help with oral appliance therapy.


sharemyself said...

I would like to say i rather enjoyed your blog as I am reviewing blogs that deal with sleep such as mine. I am a chronic insomniac and i was wondering on your opinion on the most effective natural supplement for inducing sleep besides melatonin. Any thoughts?

AASM said...

Thanks for checking out the blog. This review ( is a few years old now, but it contains a lot of information about herbs and natural supplements used for insomnia. You also may be interested in this article about valerian ( Cognitive behavioral therapy has the most evidence supporting it as a “natural” treatment for insomnia.

Ron said...

Dentists have some good knowledge of how your breathing cavaties work. I was talking to a dentist at the live forever blog chat room

and he was telling me he's helped lots of patients with sleeping problems. Some of the foods i'm now eating as a result are clearing my passages and i'm breathing better.

little better, thanks!

sleepdentist said...

Yes, indeed, sleep dentists can help you fix the problems you have with your sleep.It may be a good idea to pay them a visit.

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