Sleep and Airway Management

 

Sleep is the most fundamental process of life.  But why is it that such a large number of people struggle with their sleep nowadays?  You may be someone who struggles with sleep and you may not even realise it.

Sleep regulates all of our bodily functions in that, without the correct amount of rest, no part or process of the body can work at its most optimum level and no part can repair itself without sleep. Sleep is affected by so many things in our lifestyle these days.  Anything from your stress levels, blue light exposure, hormonal imbalances, alcohol and other narcotic (legal and illegal) consumption, exercise levels, pain levels, caffeine and so on and so forth.  There are also physical attributes that can lead to poor sleep outcomes too.

And this is why we, at Enamel Dentistry, have included this in our treatment ranges, to step in and assess functional sleep issues related to the airway and the anatomy of the neck and jaws.

There are certain anatomical factors that play a part in your overall sleep health.  For instance, large tongues, large soft tissues around the throat, snoring habits, retruded mandibles (bottom jaw) etc all need to be investigated to see if there are any procedures or devices that can help you sleep better.

If you don’t have enough quality sleep, this can drastically affect your health.  Obesity, high blood pressure, diabetes, stroke, lowered immune function and more can all be attributed to lack of quality sleep over time.  Hence, we need to be focusing on prevention and curing any possible anatomical sleep issues that we can.  One doesn’t realise just how much your sleep is affected even if you have a small snoring habit for instance.  Over the years, this habit will create enough lack of sleep to potentially cause severe systemic disorders.

This is where we come in.  If we feel that you may have one of the features that may lead to sleep or airway issues, we will investigate to see if there is anything to be done for you.  Treatments range from a small appliance fitted to your teeth to help correct your jaw posture all the way through to surgical intervention. If you suspect that you may have a functional sleep issue, come and consult with us.  We may be able to help you get the quality of sleep you deserve quite easily.

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