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If you are one of the millions of Americans who suffer from a sleep disorder, finding relief can sometimes feel like a confusing and overwhelming process. Undiagnosed sleep apnea can take up to a decade or more off of your life expectancy.
At Greeley Dental Care, Dr. Taher Dhoon makes it possible for you to have improved oral health, improved overall health, and a good night’s sleep using non-invasive and convenient oral appliance therapy.
A person who suffers from bruxism causes the same amount of wear to their teeth in one night as someone who does not have a clenching and grinding habit creates in 100 nights.
There is a connection between TMJ, dysfunction, bruxism, and obstructive sleep apnea. Because sleep disorders are so common and create so many dental-related issues, we evaluate each new patient for signs of TMJ dysfunction (jaw joint issues), bruxism, (clenching and grinding), and obstructive sleep apnea.
These conditions are often related and can have a negative impact on both your oral health and your overall health.
Often, the first sign that you suffer from sleep apnea is a complaint from your partner of snoring or concern that you stop breathing during your sleep. Not only is this troublesome when it comes to the intimacy in your relationship, but it can also cause serious health implications including:
At Greeley Dental Care, we offer a take-home, inexpensive sleep test to monitor your nighttime sleep patterns. Once the device gathers your data, we send it for analysis by a certified sleep specialist and will determine the best way to treat you based on your specific condition.
Custom oral appliance therapy provides relief of symptoms and also corrects the harmful condition at its source.
We create bruxism appliances right here in our office, giving you instant relief on the same day. Bruxism appliances gently separate your upper and lower teeth, preventing damage from grinding. Your oral appliance also guides your jaw into a comfortable position that reduces inflammation and pain. With regular use, your muscles relax and damage to your jaw joints is reduced.
A sleep apnea oral appliance gently guides your lower jaw forward to open your airway, allowing for the free flow of oxygen. This reduces the number of instances in which you unconsciously awaken during sleep and allows you to achieve the restorative sleep you need to stay healthy. Your partner will deeply appreciate the sweet sound of silence because oral appliance therapy also relieves loud snoring.