General Family Dentist | Milwaukie, Oak Grove, Gladstone, Happy Valley and Portland, OR

Kevin H. Speer, D.D.S.
2250 SE Oak Grove Blvd.
Milwaukie, OR 97267
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How Your Dentist Can Help You Rest

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Have you found yourself dozing off at work? Is concentration something that you struggle with? Have you been waking up with a headache that just won’t quit? Have you experienced drowsiness at dangerous moments, like when you’re driving? You may want to bring this up to your dentist! There’s more to a dentist’s career than taking care of your teeth; their practice has been shown to have an impact on every part of your body. If you’ve been experiencing issues with sleeping, there’s a possibility that your dentist will be able to help you!

How Your Dentist Can Help You Sleep

The first step of getting your dentist’s help starts when you open your mouth at the appointment to let them see what’s going on with your oral health. Everything from the state of your teeth to how your jaw, neck, and mouth behave can indicate how your sleep has been. If your teeth are worn down, it can be a sign that you’ve been experiencing bruxism, or grinding your teeth, while you sleep. This can lead to aching teeth, jaws, and even headaches in the morning. The shape of your jaw can also reveal whether or not you’re at risk for sleep apnea.

How Dentist’s Address Sleep Apnea

It isn’t a common piece of knowledge that dentists are trained to help patients with the management and treatment of sleep apnea. Among the tools that are available to your dentist to manage sleep apnea are mandibular advancement devices. These devices help open your airway while you sleep, and bears a striking resemblance to a sports mouthguard. Additional steps that can help you get a good night’s sleep include lifestyle changes, avoiding computer screens, and low-fat diets.

They also know a thing or two about CPAP machines or continuous positive airway pressure machines. These devices are the leading and most respected devices in managing this condition. The trouble is that people have a hard time adhering to their use, and without using them, they don’t see the results they are prescribed to produce.

Thankfully there are other devices that are able to help treat those who are suffering from Moderate to Mild concerns with sleep apnea. Your dentist will be able to help you treat these conditions through alternative treatments that don’t require a battery source and are purportedly more comfortable than CPAP.

If you’ve been diagnosed with sleep apnea or are having trouble getting a good night’s sleep, it may be time to speak to your dentist. Dr. Kevin H Speer helps patients in the Milwaukie, OR area with dental concerns related to difficulty sleeping, and would be happy to have you join his family of patients. Just give a call to the Oak Grove Dental Center and schedule an appointment today. You’ll come in for an assessment and check-up to get you started on the road to a great night’s sleep with expert dental care. Don’t miss another night’s sleep, call today!

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