Did You Know Your Dentist Could Help You Sleep Better?

At Brown and Gettings, DDS, we do more than handle your oral care. As you may know, our team is passionate about all aspects of your overall health. One area in particular we may discuss with you are your sleep habits and the quality of sleep you feel you may be getting each night. We are able to treat our patients who may be suffering from a common sleep condition known as sleep apnea. Sleep apnea is a serious condition in which individuals stop breathing multiple times throughout the night. It occurs when the muscles in the back of the throat relax during sleep, blocking the airway and restricting your breathing. Dr. Gettings recently became a member of the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine, also known as AADSM. She took a few minutes to explain more about the seriousness of sleep apnea and a treatment option that our practice offers to help patients get the quality sleep they need. Click here to watch.

Helping treat snoring and sleep apnea at the dentist

More and more people are becoming aware that they suffer from sleep apnea. While snoring can be an indicator, there are also other symptoms your physician or dentist may worry about. Step one should be to consult with your physician to determine if you need a sleep study. Depending on the findings and the recommendations of your doctor, you may be eligible for an oral appliance to supplement or replace your CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) machine if you were unable to tolerate using it every night.