Sleep Apnea and Your Oral Health

Did you know snoring can be an indicator of a more serious problem like sleep apnea?

If you suffer from sleep apnea, Birmingham, AL dentist Dr. Bruce Spink may be able to provide treatments to help you achieve better sleep. Sleep apnea is a dangerous condition that causes the patient to take abnormal pauses in their breathing pattern while they sleep. Pauses in the breath can last anywhere from a few seconds to minutes. Patients with sleep apnea may wake up with headaches, dry mouth, have a difficult time concentrating, or feel restless and tired throughout the day. Patients with sleep apnea may feel like their quality of sleep has been compromised. Aside from poor sleep quality, patients with sleep apnea may be at a higher risk for stroke, depression, high blood pressure, heart disease, or other medical issues. Most patients won’t discover they have sleep apnea until they visit a trusted dentist or medical professional.

Treating Sleep Apnea

Dr. Spink offers advanced treatment for patients with complex dental problems. Dr. Spink is an active member of the American Board of Dental Sleep Medicine (ABDSM). With the use of treatments like oral appliances, we can effectively treat patients with sleep apnea in our Birmingham, AL dentist office.

Treatment for snoring and sleep apnea varies from patient to patient. We understand no two patients are alike and take the time to develop a personalized treatment plan for each of our patients. Depending on your needs, Dr. Spink may offer oral appliance therapy with either Somnodent or The Moses appliance.

SomnoDent sleep apnea oral appliance can be an excellent alternative to CPAP and for patients who have been diagnosed with mild to moderate obstructive sleep apnea. SomnoDent is a custom fit, durable oral appliance that helps reposition that jaw while you sleep, which allows for the muscle in the mouth to relax and prevent the tongue from blocking the airway. Oral therapy can be a comfortable and effective way to treat sleep apnea, and allow patients to achieve a safe, soundless sleep.

The Moses Sleep Appliance is another alternative to CPAP. The Moses provides a comfortable, flexible oral appliance therapy that enlarges the tongue, which clears the airway, making it easier for patients to breathe. Patients can drink and speak comfortably while wearing the Mose sleep appliance.

Schedule a Consultation

Depending on your needs, Dr. Spink may work in coordination with a medical professional to ensure you are receiving the treatment you need. Treating sleep apnea quickly and effectively can benefit your oral health and overall health in the long run. During your appointment, Dr. Spink will review your medical history and perform a comprehensive exam to determine which treatment will work best for your needs. To schedule a consultation, contact our Birmingham, AL dentist office.