What is Dental Sleep Medicine?

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Why should you care about dental sleep medicine? Imagine lying awake at night, feeling completely drained yet unable to sleep. Or perhaps you fall asleep quickly but then toss and turn all night, waking frequently. These issues, such as insomnia, sleep apnea, and restless leg syndrome, can severely impact everything from your daily mood to your overall health. Quality sleep is not a luxury; it’s a necessity for our bodies to function properly.

Many are familiar with solutions like CPAP machines, which can be bulky and uncomfortable, forcing air through your airway all night long. However, what if there was a more comfortable solution available right at your dentist’s office?

Enter dental sleep medicine, which utilizes oral appliance therapy to help treat sleep-related breathing disorders comfortably. Dr. Drew Moore at Village Periodontics & Implant Dentistry is at the forefront of this innovative field, offering alternatives that can significantly improve your sleep without the discomfort of traditional methods. Let’s dive deeper into how this could be the key to better sleep.

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What exactly is dental sleep medicine?

 It might sound unusual—how can your dentist help with sleep disorders? Well, dental sleep medicine is a specialized area where dentists are trained extensively in the physiology of breathing and sleep, focusing specifically on sleep-related breathing disorders like sleep apnea.

In this field, dentists use custom-fitted oral appliances and techniques designed to ensure clear breathing throughout the night. These devices optimize oxygen flow and help you progress through essential sleep phases necessary for rest and recovery.

Unlike general medical approaches that address the whole body, dental sleep medicine focuses specifically on the role of the oral cavity in promoting sound sleep and maintaining open airways. Dentists in this field are experts in the anatomy of the mouth, jaws, and tongue, and know precisely how to manage the airway effectively.

But their expertise doesn’t stop at breathing disorders. These dentists also craft custom night guards to prevent teeth grinding, and offer solutions to curb disruptive snoring, enhancing sleep for both you and your partner. Dr. Drew Moore at Village Periodontics & Implant Dentistry is adept in these treatments, providing targeted interventions to improve your night’s rest.

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Why Use a Dentist for Sleep Apnea?

Many might assume sleep apnea, a condition characterized by repeated breathing pauses during sleep, is solely in the domain of medical doctors like pulmonologists or ENT specialists. However, many causes of sleep apnea stem from issues related to oral anatomy.

Consider these factors:

  • Large tonsils or excess soft tissue that block the airway.
  • A tongue that obstructs the throat during sleep.
  • Underdeveloped or misaligned jaws that limit airway space.
  • Small mouths and dental arches that cannot properly accommodate the tongue.

These anatomical challenges can restrict your airway, leading to the snoring, gasping, and breathing pauses associated with sleep apnea.

Dentists, with their deep understanding of the oral cavity, are uniquely equipped to enhance airflow through the mouth and throat. They use oral appliance therapy to adjust and maintain open airways, offering an effective, less intrusive alternative to CPAP machines. This approach not only helps to alleviate the symptoms of sleep apnea but also reduces the fatigue and health issues that follow from disrupted sleep.

For those with milder forms of sleep apnea or who find CPAP machines cumbersome, visiting a sleep dentist like Dr. Drew Moore could provide a simpler, more comfortable solution to their sleep disturbances.

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Dental Sleep Medicine Treatments: Finding Relief 

In the world of dental sleep medicine, specialized treatments focus on alleviating sleep-related breathing disorders such as sleep apnea, using innovative methods tailored to individual needs. Dr. Drew Moore at Village Periodontics & Implant Dentistry offers several effective solutions that provide significant relief from sleep apnea symptoms.

Custom-Fitted Oral Appliances: A cornerstone of dental sleep medicine, these devices are designed to maintain an open airway throughout the night. By slightly adjusting the position of the jaw or tongue, these appliances help prevent airway obstruction, a common cause of sleep apnea.

Vivos Treatment: This groundbreaking approach targets the structural causes of sleep apnea. The Vivos system uses a biomimetic oral device that is worn primarily at night. Over time, it modifies the jaw’s shape and increases the airway space, offering a more permanent solution to breathing disruptions during sleep.

CPAP Alternatives: For those who struggle with the standard CPAP machine, Dr. Moore provides alternatives that are less intrusive and more comfortable, focusing on enhancing the patient’s ease and compliance.

Each treatment plan is personalized, starting with a thorough evaluation of the patient’s specific condition and preferences. By focusing on the underlying causes rather than just the symptoms, Dr. Moore aims to improve not only nighttime breathing but also overall quality of life.

These treatments, particularly the Vivos system, represent a shift towards a more holistic approach in dental sleep medicine—addressing the root causes of sleep apnea to deliver lasting health benefits.

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Revolutionizing Sleep Apnea Treatment with Vivos

Dr. Moore introduces the Vivos treatment, a groundbreaking approach to managing sleep apnea. Here’s how Vivos changes the game:

  • Root Cause Approach: Unlike traditional methods, Vivos targets the structural causes of sleep apnea.
  • Custom Oral Appliances: Patients receive a series of tailored devices that gradually remodel the oral cavity.
  • Enhanced Airway Space: The treatment expands the upper and lower dental arches, increasing airway capacity and facilitating easier breathing at night.
  • Non-Invasive Treatment: Vivos is a completely non-surgical solution, avoiding the discomfort associated with other invasive procedures.
  • Simple Daily Use: The appliances are worn for about 12-16 hours a day, mostly during sleep, over a period of 12-24 months.
  • Dual Benefits: Besides treating sleep apnea, Vivos also improves dental alignment, potentially reducing the need for braces.
  • Lasting Results: By permanently enhancing the oral structure, Vivos offers enduring relief from sleep apnea symptoms.

This innovative treatment not only alleviates the symptoms of sleep apnea but also significantly improves patients’ quality of life by allowing them to enjoy restful sleep and a healthier, more aesthetic smile.

Act Now!

At Village Periodontics & Implant Dentistry, Dr. Drew Moore understands your need for deep, uninterrupted sleep to feel energized and fully alert all day.

The challenge is sleep apnea, which disrupts your night with continuous snoring and breathing interruptions, leaving you tired no matter how much you rest.

Here’s our approach to tackling sleep apnea:

  • First, we review your sleep history and symptoms.
  • Next, we craft a personalized plan with custom oral appliances and CPAP alternatives.
  • We guide you towards restful sleep with ongoing support.

Schedule your consultation today with sleep apnea expert Dr. Drew Moore and start your journey to refreshing sleep and energetic mornings


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