Though it may not seem obvious, your mouth and jaw position can greatly influence your quality of sleep, leading to snoring or obstructive sleep apnea. At Bowen Legacy Dental, we are pleased to offer a variety of sleep dentistry treatments, including SomnoDent™ by SomnoMed, custom snore guards, and Healthy Start™, a system for children’s sleep-disordered breathing. This range of treatments helps patients of all ages achieve restful nights and better health. While many patients suffer from sleep apnea, snoring, and sleep-disordered breathing, not all recognize the impact that restless sleep and poor breathing can have on their health and quality of life.
The dangers of sleep apnea and snoring
If you struggle with sleep apnea, you are at a higher risk for issues like heart problems and high blood pressure. Throughout the night, someone with sleep apnea undergoes a dangerous cycle of interrupted breathing, with airways collapsing and blocking proper oxygen flow to the lungs. As this occurs, the brain partially awakens the person, allowing their jaw to loosen for airflow as the tongue and throat return back to a normal position. Throughout the night, this cycle can repeat itself upwards of 50 times per hour, leading to restless sleep, loud sounds that disturb your bed partner, and higher risks for serious health conditions.
How dental sleep devices work
By wearing one of our custom-fitted snore guards or a SomnoDent device, your jaw will slightly shift forward, creating a clear airway that is maintained throughout the night. Tackling your chronic sleep problems can result in better sleep, less daytime fatigue, fewer headaches, and improved concentration—not to mention eliminating the serious health risks that accompany sleep apnea. Plus, with SomnoDent by SomnoMed and our custom-made dental snore guards, your quality of sleep will improve—without the more intensive and uncomfortable treatments available like CPAP.
If you or a loved one suffer from snoring and sleep apnea, call us today to schedule an appointment to discuss your treatment options. With our advanced services, Dr. Bowen and Dr. Gehlert look forward to helping you achieve better health, improved quality of sleep, and peace of mind through our sleep dentistry.