If you’ve been having trouble falling asleep or staying asleep it’s possible that you have a sleep disorder. Call (704) 413-3688 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Kathryn Sudikoff. Dr. Sudikoff provides treatment options for a wide range of sleep disorders.
Other sleep disorder symptoms include waking up earlier in the morning then you want/need to, feeling tired throughout the day, feeling sad because you can’t sleep and feeling like you’re in a daze, all of which can really get in the way of your having a productive day.
There are many possible sleep disorder causes, including:
• airway issues
• bite issues (TMJ)
• being overweight
• certain medications
• teeth grinding and bruxism
The fact that some of these sleep disorder causes have a dental solution makes this a good starting place. For example, having a bad bite can be caused by a jaw disorder known as TMJ, which basically means that your main (temporomandibular) jaw joint is misaligned.
This misalignment tends to cause problems with the lower jaw and tongue not being in their correct position when lying down, which can in turn can lead to your snoring and not sleeping.
The dental related sleep stealers
Because some sleep disorder causes are related to dentistry there are currently a number of dental related treatments available that can help you sleep better.
A more serious sleep disorder is referred to as Obstructive Sleep Apnea, and occurs when your tongue falls back and blocks your airway causing breathing and airway problems.
The cause of this sleep disorder is often related to TMJ, which means that there’s indeed a dental solution available. If not treated properly, sleep apnea can lead to your having high blood pressure, headaches, memory problems and of course continual sleeping issues.
There’s also a dental solution available for snoring, which essentially is a milder form of sleep apnea. And because airway issues also play a part when it comes to snoring seeking a dental related treatment to correct these airway issues is recommended.
Your sleep disorder treatment options
page-images-sleep-disorder-causesOne of the more common dental treatment options currently available includes using one of many available orthotics, which are a custom made dental device that’s worn inside of your mouth in order to keep your tongue from blocking your airway.
Another option is using a CPAP (Continuous Positive Air Pressure) device, which provides a steady stream of air via a tube attached to a mask worn when sleeping, thus keeping your airway open.
What’s the cause of your sleep disorder?
Because it’s important to understand the exact cause of your not being able to sleep a full and complete evaluation needs to be done.
The results will determine what the best course of treatment is going to be for you. If you’ve been having trouble falling asleep or staying asleep it’s possible that you have a sleep disorder. Call (704) 413-3688 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Kathryn Sudikoff. Dr. Sudikoff provides treatment options for a wide range of sleep disorders.