Sleep Apnea Is More Than a Nighttime Problem

Sleep Apnea Sandy Springs, GASleep apnea is a serious sleep disorder that is characterized by frequent pauses in breathing due to a restricted airway. Patients typically snore loudly and may wake up gasping for air several times throughout the night. While sleep apnea certainly occurs during the night, the consequences of this sleep disorder are often felt during the day.

The Danger of Untreated Sleep Apnea

Our bodies need sleep. When the quality of our sleep is frequently disrupted, several systems in our body are impacted. During sleep apnea episodes, the throat muscles collapse and it causes brief cessations of breathing. In doing so, oxygen is restricted to the brain and the body is signaled to respond. While you may not remember these episodes of waking up and gasping for air, your body does not go unscathed. Failure to undergo a complete and healthy sleep cycle each night can result in the following daytime symptoms that are associated with untreated sleep apnea:

  • Fatigue
  • Poor concentration
  • Memory problems
  • Stroke
  • Heart disease
  • High blood pressure
  • Depression

Who is At Risk?

According to the National Sleep Foundation, sleep apnea is as common as type 2 diabetes and affects more than 18 million Americans. While sleep apnea can affect all ages, genders and races, those who are male, overweight, and over the age of 40 are at the highest risk.

Contact a Sleep Apnea Dentist

It may seem bizarre to go to your dentist for a sleep disorder. However, snoring and sleep apnea can be successfully treated by a trained dentist. By wearing a custom oral appliance during the night, the airway can be kept open and sleep apnea episodes eliminated or reduced. If you have a partner who snores loudly or wakes up gasping for air, it is important to take action. At The Dentist Centers, we have an experienced dentist who is highly trained in treating sleep apnea and snoring using FDA approved oral appliance therapy. Call now for more information.

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3 Dental Problems that Need Emergency Treatment

Tooth Pain Alpharetta GALife is full of the unexpected, and this certainly rings true as we navigate the unprecedented crisis of COVID-19. Unfortunately, dental problems can be among the situations that arise without prediction, regardless of whether we are staying at home or carrying out our normal routine. While not all dental issues warrant urgent treatment, it is important to know when to call an emergency dentist.

At The Dentist Centers, we proudly offer a full menu of services in emergency dental care. Our office remains open for emergency patients because we know that some dental concerns simply can’t wait. If you are unsure as to whether your problem needs an emergency dental visit, please contact a member of our team. However, the following three dental issues typically need prompt attention:

#1 Severe Pain and Swelling
Pain with tenderness and swelling often indicates an infection. Whether it is a dental abscess along the jaw or an infection inside the tooth, emergency dental treatment is needed. In this case, an emergency dentist can bring you out of pain as well as initiate treatment to stop the infection and prevent it from spreading throughout your mouth or body. Never ignore severe pain that is associated with a fever and swelling.

#2 Broken Tooth
When trauma involves the mouth, it is not uncommon to suffer from a chipped, cracked or broken tooth. There are some tooth fractures that can wait for treatment. However, if you are experiencing pain or sensitivity, you will likely need to be seen because this indicates that the fracture penetrated the enamel of the tooth and has left your sensitive tooth nerves exposed. It some cases, a broken tooth will leave sharp edges that need to be filed down or bonded to prevent cuts on your lip or tongue.

#3 Knocked-Out Tooth
Timing is especially important when treating an avulsed or displaced tooth. When a tooth gets knocked out, patients generally have about an hour to save the tooth or have an emergency dentist replant it. It is important to handle the avulsed tooth by the crown and keep it moist by either holding it in your mouth or placing it in a cup of milk or saliva.

Call an Emergency Dentist in Sandy Springs and Alpharetta

While we may not be able to physically see all of our patients, we are always available by phone if you have a dental concern. Please do not hesitate to call us if you’ve had a dental-related accident or if you’re suffering sudden tooth pain. If an emergency visit is warranted, we are here to help. Your smile is always important to us, regardless of the changes in the world around us.

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When Nighttime Teeth Grinding Becomes a Daytime Problem

Three-year old boy holds nightguard.Teeth grinding, or bruxism, is a common oral habit. It involves the involuntary action of grinding or clenching the teeth. Unfortunately, this can wreak havoc on your oral health over time. What makes bruxism difficult is that it is most often performed during nighttime sleep, making patients unaware of their habit until they experience the daytime consequences.

While some patients have a bed partner to reveal their noisy teeth grinding habit, many sufferers only realize they grind or clench at night until the following symptoms arise:

  • Morning headache
  • Sore jaw or teeth
  • Neck, jaw or ear pain
  • Worn down teeth
  • Cracked or fractured teeth
  • Frequent cavities due to enamel loss

Bruxism can be caused by a variety of factors, from stress to a bad bite. Nevertheless, bruxism is a habit that can have a serious impact on your smile and overall wellbeing if it is not addressed. The constant pressure and friction that is placed on your teeth and jaw muscles during teeth grinding is simply more than they were designed to handle. In fact, clenching and grinding can put hundreds of pounds of pressure on tooth surfaces. On average, chewing exerts about 20 to 40 pounds of pressure on the teeth, but the pressure from grinding can be as much as 250 pounds or more! This type of exertion does not go unscathed.

Treating Nighttime Bruxism

There’s good news when it comes to grinding your teeth while you sleep. Your dentist can offer you a custom nightguard to protect your teeth and jaw from these extraordinary pressures so that you can still get the sleep your body needs, without the daytime oral health ramifications of bruxism. Dr. Myers of The Dentist Centers can create a digital mold of your teeth with an advanced imaging system and send it to a dental lab to create a comfortable, durable and highly effective nightguard to wear while you sleep. Our office proudly offers a full range of treatments for jaw pain and TMJ issues, including custom appliances, anti-inflammatory medication and even Botox injections to halt bruxism and allow the jaw muscles to heal.

If you are concerned that you are grinding or clenching your teeth during the night, please call our Sandy Springs or Alpharetta office today for advanced bruxism treatment in a friendly, caring environment.

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