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Sleep Medicine Dentist Kouts

When you or a loved one is suffering from a sleep disorder, getting help immediately is important. Your partner’s sleep can impact your ability to get good sleep, and if they’re not getting good sleep, they could be at risk of both short- and long-term health complications, including high blood pressure, heart disease, and stroke in some cases. At Distinctive Dental Solutions, we recognize the value of a good night’s sleep, and our sleep medicine dentist Kouts wants to help. To learn more about the services we offer and when you should see a sleep medicine dentist, call us directly today.

Conditions a Dental Sleep Medicine Specialist Can Address

A sleep medicine dentist can provide treatment for numerous sleep conditions, including obstructive sleep apnea, sleep-related headaches, facial pain/jaw soreness, temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TJD), and snoring. If you suffer from another sleep disorder, such as insomnia or restless leg syndrome, you should speak to your doctor who can refer you to a sleep specialist that does not focus on dental sleep medicine. 

Treatment for Obstructive Sleep Apnea

One of the most common areas of focus of a sleep medicine dentist is that of obstructive sleep apnea. Obstructive sleep apnea is a potentially serious sleep condition wherein the sleeper starts and stops breathing multiple times throughout the night as a result of collapsing throat muscles. Short-term, this can lead to fatigue, moodiness, irritability, headaches, dry throat and nose, and problems with concentration and focus. Long-term, the potential complications of obstructive sleep apnea can be much more severe, and include the risk of stroke, high blood pressure, diabetes, and heart complications, including heart attack. 

If you are diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnea, there are a few different treatment options that you may try depending on what’s most appropriate for your case. In some instances, making lifestyle changes—such as losing weight—can treat sleep apnea. In other cases, you may need oral appliance therapy. An oral appliance helps to keep your airway open at night when you sleep. In more serious cases, the use of a Continuous Positive Airway Pressure, or CPAP, machine may be necessary. 

When Should I See a Sleep Medicine Dentist?

If you are suffering from obstructive sleep apnea or think that you may be suffering from obstructive sleep apnea, you should schedule an appointment with a sleep medicine dentist. You should also meet with a sleep medicine dentist if you are suffering from excessive snoring or bruxism, which is teeth grinding—both of these conditions can impair your sleep and grinding your teeth can also lead to oral health complications. 

Remember, the long-term risks of untreated sleep apnea are potentially severe, so seeking treatment as soon as possible is highly recommended. 

How to Get Started with Distinctive Dental Solutions

At Distinctive Dental Solutions, we are accepting new patients and are looking forward to meeting you! To get started with our sleep medicine dentist Kouts, all you have to do is call our office directly or send us a message online telling us a little bit more about the services you’re looking for. We accept most insurance types and have financing options available. Call today to get started! 

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