Sleep Apnea and Breathing Problems
Leawood Dental System Treatments
Sleep apnea is a condition in which breathing (and snoring) stop, sometimes hundreds of times a night, causing the sleeper to wake up suddenly.
Sleep apnea affects millions of people worldwide, yet according to current estimates, only 5% of cases are diagnosed and treated.
Sleep apnea itself requires treatment supervised by a doctor or sleep clinic. Dental interventions are not for the treatment of sleep apnea, but there are therapies that can help relieve some of the breathing problems that can contribute to sleep apnea.
Some problems with breathing and snoring at night can be relieved with a night guard, an appliance that keeps your teeth and jaws positioned. Night guards allow for better breathing, as well as prevent tooth grinding and jaw clenching that can lead to pain and tension in the face and jaw, plus headaches and migraines.
When your dental system—teeth, joints, muscles and bite—is not positioned for optimal chewing and speaking, it can also contribute to breathing problems that may cause snoring and be symptomatic of sleep apnea. Dr. Craig and Dr. Tim can make adjustments to your dental system that can improve your nighttime breathing.