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Dental Treatment of Sleep Disorders Michigan

If you suffer from sleeping difficulties, did you know dental issues could be to blame? In fact, many dentists are highly trained in the treatment and management of snoring and sleep apnea. Dental sleep medicine uses oral appliance therapy to address sleep-disordered breathing, from snoring to obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), according to the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine (AADSM).

If you have trouble using continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) therapy or would rather an alternative treatment for sleep apnea, consider dental treatment of sleep disorders in Michigan. It’s time you got a good night’s sleep, which will in turn vastly improve your health and quality of life.

Led by Dr. Sadikoff, our sleep apnea clinic specializes in treating TMJ, sleep disorders, and craniofacial pain. We emphasize patient communication — not only so patients can be involved in the treatment process, but also to ease any fears or anxieties they may have in the process.

What are the First Dental Signs of Sleep Apnea?

Often, the first sign of sleep apnea is tooth grinding, also known as bruxism. Worn tooth surfaces are a tell-tale sign of grinding, which can lead to wear and breakage, not to mention receding or inflamed gums. A sudden onset of cavities may also signal grinding due to the force that damages the teeth. This makes them susceptible to cavity-causing bacteria, according to WebMD.

When you’re sleeping at night, tensing your jaw and grinding your teeth, this tells your brain to wake up and take a breath. Grinding is only one oral health sign of sleep apnea. Small jaws, tongues with scalloped edges and redness of the throat (caused by excessive snoring) can all be signs of sleep apnea.

If you are experiencing any of these signs, you could benefit from dental treatment of sleep disorders in Michigan from the Sleep Apnea Center of Michigan.

Isn’t it Enough to Just Wear a Generic Night Guard?

Not always. Certainly, an over-the-counter night guard will be the first thing to try, but this doesn’t always fix the problem by itself. In fact, it could make sleep apnea worse. If you find yourself wearing through the night guard, it’s time to see a specialist. A custom-made guard, crafted by a sleep apnea or dental expert, can reduce grinding, headaches, cavities, and jaw pain, and help with sleep apnea at the same time.

Also known as an oral appliance, this a device worn in the mouth only during sleep, fitting similarly to a sports mouth guard or orthodontic retainer. A custom-fit oral sleep appliance can effectively treat sleep apnea by preventing the airway from collapsing through support of the jaw in a forward position. Oral appliance therapy is often prescribed for obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) and snoring.

Why not come in for a consultation with Dr. Sadikoff at Sleep Apnea Center of Michigan? Trained by internationally renowned experts in the field of craniofacial pain and sleep disorders, he can advise you on the best course of action.

Make an Appointment with the Sleep Apnea Center of Michigan 

Book your consultation today by calling (586) 203-2150. It’s time to get relief from sleep apnea and learn about your options when it comes to dental treatment of sleep disorders in Michigan.