How can a “sleep dentist” help you sleep better?

Do you often feel sluggish and unrefreshed when you wake up in the morning, even after a full night of rest? Has your sleep partner ever complained that you snore loudly or awaken gasping for air throughout the night? Do you suffer from headaches nearly every morning or struggle to stay awake during the day?

These are all indications that you may have a chronic snoring problem and/or sleep apnea, a serious sleep disorder. If you can answer yes to two or more of these questions, read on to learn how Mount Prospect dentist Dr Thomas Meyer may be able to help you sleep better.

What is sleep apnea?

Obstructive sleep apnea is a serious disorder that causes the sufferer to stop breathing several times per hour for seconds to minutes during each apneic event. This perpetual disruption of restful sleep can lead to a deep and lingering fatigue that can affect your overall health and physical well-being.

How can snoring or sleep apnea impact the quality of your sleep?

If snoring and/or sleep apnea are preventing you from getting the deep, refreshing rest your body needs, it can impact the quality of your sleep, as well as your health. These are just a few of the signs and symptoms sufferers commonly experience:

  • Chronic fatigue
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Short term memory loss
  • Irritability and mood changes
  • Weight gain
  • Relationship problems
  • Falling asleep at inappropriate times during the day
  • Headaches

How can a dental treatment help you get better rest?

If you have been diagnosed with sleep apnea, you may be familiar with the use of a Continuous Positive Airway Pressure device, or CPAP. Although an effective treatment for those with moderate to severe sleep apnea, some patients find it noisy and uncomfortable to wear.

If you would like to learn more about dental alternatives to CPAP, contact Dr. Tom Meyer of Meyer Dental to schedule a consultation or appointment. Our snoring devices are very comfortable and only need to be worn when you sleep. They are custom-fitted and designed to help keep your tongue in a forward position so that it doesn’t fall back into your throat and block your airway while you sleep.