Has anyone ever mentioned that you sometimes stop breathing in your sleep? If so, you may suffer from sleep apnea. This is a condition where your body struggles to breathe at night for one of quite a few different reasons.
Normally what you have to do is go in and see your doctor, and they will send you for a sleep study.
However, that can take some time and doesn't always give you immediate results, since sleep apnea doesn't always happen each and every night. If you want to help with the symptoms until you get a for-sure diagnosis, you want to go and see your dentist.
How Your Dentist Can Help with Apnea Symptoms
When you speak with your dentist about sleep apnea, they will know what you are talking about. One of the more common reasons, some people struggle to breathe is because their jaw slides backwards when they lie on their back. This can block the airway's opening, and make it to where you simply cannot breathe.
Since you are asleep, your body takes longer to respond, leaving you without air for what can be a really long time. Instead of dealing with those symptoms, your dentist can fit you with a mouth guard. This holds your jaw forward, keeping it in place while you sleep. This keeps the airway more open, and allows you to continue to breathe more regularly during the night.
While you may not consider your dentist to be the go-to person for helping with a sleeping issue, it is best to call and ask for their help. On top of them being able to help get you fit for a mouth guard, they can also keep a better eye on your teeth, since the drier your teeth get at night, the more likely cavities are to form.
If you have any questions or would like to schedule an appointment, please call us at (503) 968-6101 today.