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Why is my dentist asking about my sleep?

Updated: Jun 20, 2023


Many people underestimate the importance of sleep when it comes to their overall health and wellbeing. Getting a good night's sleep is essential for physical and mental health, but many individuals struggle with sleep disorders, such as snoring and sleep apnea. If you are experiencing sleep problems, it's important to talk to your dentist about it.



Dentists can Identify Sleep and Snoring Problems

While most people think of dentists as professionals who primarily deal with teeth and gums, they are actually trained to look for signs of sleep disorders. Dentists can identify potential issues such as snoring, sleep apnea, and other sleep-related problems by examining the mouth and throat. A routine dental check-up is an excellent opportunity for a dentist to identify any potential sleep issues.


Dentists can Offer Treatment Options

Dentists are equipped to offer various treatment options for sleep and snoring problems. For instance, a dentist may suggest a custom-made oral appliance that can be worn during sleep. This device is designed to hold the tongue and jaw in a specific position, which can help keep the airway open and reduce snoring or sleep apnea symptoms.

In addition, dentists can offer lifestyle advice that can help reduce the risk of sleep disorders. For example, they may suggest that patients avoid alcohol and smoking, which can contribute to sleep apnea and snoring.



Dentists can Coordinate with Other Healthcare Providers

If we identify a severe sleep disorder such as sleep apnea, we may refer the patient to a sleep specialist or other healthcare providers. We have a referral network consisting of sleep physicians, ENTs, Myofunctional therapists and more to help with your specific needs.



Conclusion

Sleep and snoring problems can have a significant impact on your overall health and wellbeing. If you are experiencing sleep-related issues, it's important to talk to your dentist about it. They can identify potential problems, offer treatment options, and coordinate care with other healthcare providers if necessary. By working with your dentist, you can take steps to improve your sleep and overall health. Be sure to ask us about it at your next appointment!

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