Sleep Dentistry & Dental Sleep Medicine

A Good Night’s Sleep is one Dental Visit Away

Dental sleep medicine or sleep dentistry focuses on treatment of snoring, sleep apnea and teeth grinding. While it may sound like a form of sedation dentistry, it’s not. Sleep disruption is a significant problem for many people – from snoring and breathing issues, to anxiety induced bruxism, it can prevent you from leading a normal, healthy and productive lifestyle.

Often times, patients may work with both a sleep center physician and a dentist to identify the best treatment for snoring and obstructive sleep apnoea. Hellertown Dental Group dentists are trained to help treat and manage sleap apnea and snoring using oral appliance therapy or laser dentistry.

 

sleep airway diagram

Snore No More with Laser (Light) Therapy

Finally, snoring can be solved. Snore less, sleep better and live healthier. Hellertown Dental Group now has the capability to use laser technology to alleviate snoring with only one 5 minute session. This revolutionary new laser treatment, developed by Convergent Dental Solea Sleep, provides rapid relief from snoring with no discomfort or delays – treating snoring has never been easier!   It’s a quick, non-surgical procedure but it can mean a world of better sleep for you and your loved ones. Learn more about Solea Sleep Laser Therapy for Snoring or give us a call at 610-628-9337.

 

Treating Sleep Apnea

Sleep apnea can be a very difficult condition to deal with. Not only can the associated loud snoring keep you and your partner awake, but sleep apnea can lead to a host of health problems. A custom TAP oral appliance from Hellertown Dental Group can give you the relief and sleep you need. Call us today at 610-628-9337.

Oral appliances can also be a viable alternative to CPAP devices (continuous positive airway pressure). If you have been trying to treat your sleep-disordered breathing with a CPAP machine, you may find an appliance to be significantly less disruptive to your bedtime routine.

 

Sleep Disordered Breathing: Know the Signs & Symptoms

It’s estimated that 9 out of 10 apnea sufferers go undiagnosed, which is why it’s important to pay attention to the warning signs. Snoring seems commonplace, but it may be a symptom of sleep apnea, signaling much more serious breathing issues. Sleep apnea effects adults as well as children, and can cause you to wake up feeling tired and drained even though you have had a full night of sleep. This may manifest itself as fatigue, daytime sleepiness, memory loss and difficulty concentrating. The dentists at Hellertown Dental Group can help you with treatments for snoring and sleep apnea oral appliances.

Sleep Apnea Symptoms may include

  • Snoring
  • Irritability
  • Forgetfulness
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Morning Headaches
  • Mood or behavior changes
  • Falling asleep during the day

A Dental Visit can help those with Sleep Apnea & Snoring

  • 22 million Americans have obstructive sleep apnea (OSA)
  • 80-90% of people with OSA go undiagnosed
  • 40 million US adults have sleep disordered breathing (SDB)
  • Only 3 out of 100 people with sleep apnea have been treated
  • 1 in 5 US children have mild or moderate OSA
  • 1 in 15 US children have severe obstructive sleep apnea

 

What about Grinding Teeth?

Grinding or clenching your teeth is called bruxism, and it can contribute to the development of a TMJ disorder. A mouthguard from our top-notch Hellertown, PA dentist can help save your teeth and your jaw from the effects of chronic bruxism.

Call our office today at 610-628-9337 to schedule your appointment. You can also schedule online if you prefer. Just use our online form, and one of us will be in touch shortly.

What Our Patients Are Saying

In our 30+ years of practice, we’ve seen thousands of patients. How can we help you?

  • I came in and I ended up having 3 cavities. She then showed me how to prevent them in future and how to just maintain healthy teeth. She’s super outgoing, super easy to get along with, never awkward, always so talkative, interested about everyone’s life. The kids center is a big plus.

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  • I sit in the big chair, and then they get the mirror thingy and they look at my teeth. When they use the Tinkerbell light, it didn't hurt at all. I like it when my teeth are bright and shiny when I leave. I really like coming to see Doctor Ann.

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  • There’s always a level of comfort. As you’re sitting in the waiting room, you don’t feel like you’re bored out of your mind. It’s a nice, comfortable environment. The same when you get back in the chair. The TV’s going, and it makes you feel a little bit more at home.

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  • I’ve been coming here for about 16, 17 years, and all of my kids from elementary through high school, and even in college have come and we’ve all had the same experience. They are pleasant. They get to know you. They would always explain to me the proper way to floss, and the particular type of flosses to use.

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