A Sleep Apnea Dentist Explains Common Sleep Conditions and Treatments

Sleep Apnea DentistAs a sleep apnea dentist, we work with a lot of patients that have difficulty sleeping at night.  This condition is fairly common as both external environmental conditions and physical problems can make it difficult to sleep. Unfortunately, without sleep health can deteriorate, and dangerous accidents can take place.  For example, driving while tired is just as dangerous as driving while intoxicated.  This makes it important to solve your sleep problems and start getting a good night's rest.

Some common reasons people don't get a good night sleep are:

  • Stress.  If you are going through a stressful time at home or work, it can be difficult to shut down your mind and simply relax when it’s time for bed.  We recommend drinking a glass of decaffeinated tea, reading a book or watching a show before bed.  This can help to take your mind off of what is causing you stress so that you can unwind and get some rest.
  • Poor bedding.  If your pillow or bedding is uncomfortable, it can become difficult to fall asleep.  Try purchasing a different type of pillow or a new soft blanket and see if it helps you to feel more comfortable. 
  • Lack of oxygen.  As a sleep apnea dentist, we treat patients that aren’t getting enough oxygen while they sleep.  This can always make it more difficult to get a good night’s rest as the body has to work extra hard to receive the oxygen it needs to function properly. 
  • Caffeine and sugar.  We recommend that you stop drinking coffee mid-morning so that the caffeine can get out of your system. While many people stop drinking coffee, they switch to caffeinated soda.  If you are drinking a can of coke with dinner, you may want to stop in order to get a good and relaxing night’s sleep.  The same applies to drinking too much sugar.  Not only is sugar bad for you but it can keep you up at night.  Switch to water and healthy snacks, instead.  
  • Noise.  If your house is too loud, perhaps you live with roommates; do what you can to reduce the noise so that you can sleep soundly.  There are machines you can purchase that will place white noise into the air in order to help you sleep peacefully. 

As a sleep apnea dentist, we also recommend conducting a sleep study. This will allow us to determine what is happening at night physically.  In many cases, the lower jaw is falling backwards and the tongue with it.  As the tongue falls back, it blocks the airways and makes it difficult to breathe properly.  We can create a removable oral appliance that is worn at night to hold the jaw and tongue in place.  It looks like a full plastic retainer that attaches together.  These devices are comfortable and an easy way to improve breathing at night.  As oxygen levels are improved, most people report sleeping soundly and having significantly more energy the next day.

For more information, call and schedule an appointment.

Recent Posts

Sleep Apnea: Get The Help You Need

Sleep apnea is a sleeping disorder in which breathing stops temporarily while one sleeps. As a result of the interrupted sleep, people with sleep apnea struggle to stay away during the day, which leads to bigger health problems.Before we begin to talk about getting treatment for sleep apnea, it is important to know about the…

Sleep Problems Can Make It Difficult To Smile

Dentist can build a mouth guard to fit your teeth and prevent snoring, in a comfortable way.An obvious sign of sleep apnea is snoring loud enough to wake others up or having brief periods of breathing cessation while asleep. Fortunately, we have a treatment for sleep apnea that is easy to use and effective.Do I…

Don’t Like Your CPAP? Try A New CPAP Alternative To Treat Sleep Apnea

We provide a CPAP alternative that can make it comfortable and convenient to treat your sleep apnea. Obstructive sleep apnea is a common and serious condition that impacts adults of all ages. It occurs when the muscles are too weak, causing the lower jawbone to fall backward along with the tongue while a person is…

Dental Treatments For Sleep Apnea

If you are constantly tired, you could have obstructive sleep apnea.  We treat this condition in our Metairie, LA dental office and do so in a way that is non-invasive.  By providing you with an oral appliance to wear at night, we can solve your sleep apnea and help you to wake up feeling refreshed…


Recent Posts

Caring For Dental Veneers

Caring For Dental Veneers

Dental veneers are thin shells of porcelain or composite that are designed to cover cosmetic flaws on the teeth and improve your smile’s appearance. They can alter the color, shape, size and length of the teeth and are usually recommended for patients with discolored, chipped or fractured teeth. If you have recently gotten dental veneers,…

Why Dental Crowns Are Needed After A Root Canal

Why Dental Crowns Are Needed After A Root Canal

When a patient is getting ready to have a root canal, it is important for them to understand the procedure, such as why a dental crown may be used. Sometimes it is used after the procedure to ensure that the area remains clean and healthy.Although it is important to remember that all root canals may…