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Sleep Apnea 2

At Image Dental, we are ready to assist you if you think you have sleep apnea or have trouble falling asleep

Step 1: A consultation with us Many are unaware that they suffer from a certain degree of poor sleep. The telltale signs we look for during consultation are: venous pooling beneath the eyes i.e. eyebags, not feeling refresh after waking up, constant waking up during the night. After the examination, we can better advise you on what to do and how to go about treating it.

Step 2: Referral to a sleep physician The first stop for sleep related disorders would be a sleep physician. This involves a ?sleep study? where the physician will monitor the sleep patterns through a series of electrodes worn during the night. This can be done at home or at the clinic. The sleep physician can then advised accordingly, if for example the patient needs a Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) machine for his/her sleep apnea.

Step 3: What else can we do? Sleep apnea is closely related to night-time grinding of teeth. Some may be loud grinders that their partners might complain about, or some may be silent grinders. (Silent grinders are always worse off) If we are concerned about how worn your teeth look, we may advise you to wear a splint. This splint functions to reduce the inflammation and trauma caused on the jaw joints during grinding. It also serves to protect the teeth and its fillings.

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