Sleep Dentistry: Sleep Better, Live Better with Effective Sleep Disorder Treatments

Sleep is as important as diet or exercise, yet many patients rarely get quality sleep because of sleep disorders like sleep apnea, snoring, and bruxism. A Dental & Denture in Seattle, Washington, offers sleep disorder treatments to ensure you get the healthy sleep you deserve. If you or your loved one is battling a sleep-related disorder, schedule an appointment with Dr. Fawaz Hatem for professional help. 

Understanding different types of sleep disorders

Poor sleep quality can take a toll on your physical, emotional, and mental well-being. So, if you wake up feeling tired, have poor concentration, or feel depressed, poor sleep habits may be contributing to these symptoms. 

Here are some common disorders that could be hindering your ability to achieve restful sleep.

  • Snoring: This annoying habit occurs when airflow is restricted in the upper airway, causing vibrations in the throat tissues. Snoring alone isn’t a cause for concern, but it can disrupt your sleep and that of your bed partner. The common causes of snoring include poor sleeping posture, unhealthy body weight, alcohol intake, smoking, and more
  • Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA): Unlike snoring, OSA is a severe sleeping disorder that happens when the soft tissues in the throat collapse, pausing breathing when sleeping. While the breathing stoppages are brief (lasting about 10 seconds or more), these episodes can recur up to a hundred times a night! Inadequate oxygen supply alongside disrupted sleep patterns strains your body, causing numerous unpleasant symptoms like morning headaches, irritability, mood changes, and depression. What’s more, untreated OSA increases the risk of conditions like diabetes, cardiovascular complications, hypertension, stroke, etc.
  • Bruxism: Bruxism is the involuntary grinding of teeth that occurs predominantly at night during sleep but can manifest during the day. Because it happens subconsciously, you may not even be aware of it. However, unaddressed bruxism can significantly disrupt sleep and lead to symptoms such as headaches, jaw pain, TMJ-related discomforts, and dental damage

Treating sleep-related conditions with oral appliance therapy

Cutting down on alcohol, exercise, quitting smoking, and other lifestyle changes are effective in treating snoring and other sleep disorders. However, if your symptoms persist, you need expert care. Our office treats most sleep disorders with oral appliance therapy (OAT). This treatment involves using a customized dental device to address your sleep-related disorders. 

Oral appliances come in different sizes and shapes to address various needs. Some include:

  • Mandibular advancement devices (MADs): MADs reposition the lower jaw to a more forward position to increase the space in the upper airway. MADs are used to treat OSA by promoting healthy breathing during sleep . We have partnered with Somnomed, the world’s largest supplier of oral sleep devices. Please click here to access more details about the various types of sleep devices.
  • Bruxism mouthguard: This device creates a barrier between the upper and lower teeth, reducing teeth-grinding effects. Patients using a bruxism splint or nightguard report reduced pain and improved sleep

Effectiveness and Benefits of Dental Sleep Devices

Dental sleep devices offer several benefits for individuals struggling with sleep disorders:

1. Improved Sleep Quality: By reducing snoring, alleviating sleep apnea symptoms, and preventing teeth grinding, dental sleep devices can significantly improve sleep quality for both the wearer and their sleep partner.

2. Non-Invasive Treatment: Unlike continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machines, which are often prescribed for severe OSA, dental sleep devices are non-invasive and more comfortable to wear, increasing compliance and long-term use.

3. Customized Fit: Dental sleep devices are custom-made to fit each individual’s mouth comfortably, ensuring optimal effectiveness and minimizing side effects such as jaw discomfort or tooth movement.

4. Portability: Dental sleep devices are compact and easy to transport, making them ideal for travel and use away from home.

Dental sleep devices represent a valuable treatment option for individuals struggling with snoring, sleep apnea, and bruxism. By addressing the underlying causes of these sleep disorders, these innovative devices can significantly improve sleep quality and overall well-being 

Would you like to claim the full benefits of healthy sleep? If sleep apnea, bruxism, or snoring has gotten the better of you, call (206) 445-0030 to schedule an appointment with A Dental & Denture for professional treatment.

Meet Todd. Todd is a rockstar, Except lately he hasn’t been feeling a hundred percent. Now meet Todd’s wife Jill. Jill loves Todd dearly, but his snoring has made it impossible for her to sleep. It’s gotten so bad lately that they now sleep in separate rooms. At a visit with his physician, Todd was asked if he snored. After recognizing additional symptoms, his physician diagnosed him with obstructive sleep apnea. Obstructive sleep apnea is a potentially serious sleep disorder in which breathing repeatedly stops and starts during sleep. At first, Todd was scared that he’d end up looking like BA from Batman with a C Pap machine, but then his doctor referred him to a SomnoMed dentist to be fitted for a custom-made Sona Dent oral appliance. The Sona Dent treats obstructive sleep apnea by stabilizing and or moving the jaw slightly forward. This optimal position of the jaw prevents the patient’s airway from collapsing during sleep. So now Todd can get back to doing what he loves most playing music. That is if you or a loved one suffers from sleep problems or aren’t happy with your current sleep apnea treatment, set up an appointment today with a SomnoMed dentist. You’ll be happy you.

What is sleep apnea and how can an oral appliance help me? Apnea means out of breath. Sleep apnea is a serious medical sleep disorder where breathing momentarily ceases for a short time and starts again. Breathing repeatedly stops and starts throughout the night. The most common form of sleep apnea is obstructive sleep apnea. OSA. In a normal situation, the muscles and tissues of your throat keep your airway open, allowing airflow into the lungs. Muscle relaxation can cause the narrowing of the airway and obstruct it. This obstruction can happen at the soft palate, uvula, tonsils, and tongue. This lowers the level of oxygen, and when the brain senses it, it briefly awakens the person and breathing is restored. For a short period, the gas for air is very brief and you would not remember it. This pattern can happen all night long, and as a result of this disruption, one cannot achieve restful sleep.The symptoms of obstructive sleep apnea or OSA include loud snoring, sudden awakenings with gasping for air during sleep, observed periods of breathing, stopping irritability, daytime sleepiness, and headaches. If left untreated, OSA can increase the risk of high blood pressure, stroke, heart attack, diabetes work-related, or motor vehicle accidents, and other health problems. There are various treatments for OSA, such as weight loss surgery, CPAP, and oral appliances. According to studies. While CPAP is an effective treatment for OSA, but adherence to the treatment can be a problem with patients not wearing the masks for the whole night. Whilst oral appliances have moderate efficiency, it is usually used throughout the night, so compliance for the whole night is much better. SomnoMed manufactures custom oral appliances to treat mild to moderate sleep apnea for patients around the world. These custom-made devices are titrated to each patient’s requirements. When worn during sleep, the oral device holds the lower jaw or mandible slightly forward. This protrusion repositions the jaw and tongue, which prevents the airway from collapsing, and thus reducing sleep apnea. Get a treatment that is effective, comfortable, discreet, transportable, and join patients around the world to get a custom solution for your mild to moderate sleep apnea today.

That’s all there is to it. I can drink order, I can take a pill  and I can take it out. I’m a father, I’m a provider. I try to go out there every day, try to work harder to make sure the family’s taken care of work for a natural gas  company. So I also make sure a lot of other people are safe out here. I’m an avid runner, so I do marathons and I, yeah, fully enjoy that mechanical engineer work for a SUEZ water treatment company. So I’m a retired lady. I love shopping and lunch with friends. Covid has certainly put a stop to that. I love getting outdoors. I love hiking. I love camping, I love going, I’m a big bow hunter. I like to get up in the hills and hike and  go after, go after game. I’m a professional lighting designer for theater and film. I’m married for, let’s see, six years. Six years. Yeah, I’m a retired nurse. I was a nurse for 50 years. I’m a right head driver, usually work nights because I have two beautiful kids at home. One is four, one is 10.  And honestly it was my lovely wife who always said that I’m a big snorer, which it’s hard for me to say yes or no, two because I never heard myself sleeping. And at some point she’d say, you know what? It’s kind of crazy. I wake up in the middle of the night and thinking you stop breathing. And I said, you just, nah, I’m waking up in the morning, so why would I stop breathing? And one day she said, you know what? She was talking to a neurologist and she made me an appointment  for a sleep test. And that’s basically what started everything My first indication and perfect, honest, I kind of pushed it off a little bit, just probably like most because I didn’t think anything was going on is every once in a while I was waking up at nighttime just waking up sometimes in a sweat, heart racing and you’re like, well man, maybe I had a bad dream and I just didn’t realize it. But after a while I started to notice this is starting to become repetitive and honestly when you wake up in the middle of the night heart racing, you’re going, wait, what’s going on here? So finally, I think I even spoke to Evan, I was like something, I walked her up one night, I said, I don’t think something’s right here. I’m feeling off. I mean, like I said, I don’t know if I’m having a heart attack or what’s going on here, but something’s definitely not right. And other things I started really noticing was, man,  I’m tired all the time and I’m really a person that has a lot of energy and I’m just tired. No matter how much sleep I got or what I did, I was just constantly tired. So I was like, something’s definitely off. My partner sleeps way better at night. I think for me it’s like I was affecting so many other people. It wasn’t for me. It’s like, yeah, I had a dry mouth and it was a little tired the next day because I mean with sleep apnea, I guess with snoring I was waking up every once an hour. I had been doing CPAP and I couldn’t find a mask to fit me. So I was constantly and pushing air out and it really wasn’t effective. And then I saw an article in a magazine about the appliance. It was just so different all the way around. And the results are, the proof is in the pudding. The results are showing that Basically it’s got these metal hinges on the side. They can be adjusted to where you feel comfortable wearing it. And once you wear it, it doesn’t really, you can even still open your mouth and everything. So it’s not like the retainers that I was used to. It works perfectly. I mean one of the biggest things that I’m thankful for with this and the therapy also that I got is that I’m sleeping in the same room as my wife again. This is the one they recommend. This is the one we went  with. Of course, in order to get to this point to get this, you had to go through the whole scan procedure, which is kind of a cool procedure. It’s like sitting in a dental chair taking X-rays and they take a 3D image out of your mouth, which that was awesome. That was actually awesome. That’s kind of cool. That was a cool experience You ever want to see Be sometimes where I’ll forget that I have it in, so I’ll be driving to work and I’m like, I got to pause this out before I get to work. You get so comfortable, you get so used  to having it. I Check it every night to follow the arrow and that goes on Top. Alright. And then I take a sip of water in order to get it out so I don’t have to run my hands Along. But you can drink with it or Yeah, I can drink with it or everything. It was the answer to the question of why can’t I breathe? It realigned my jaw, made it so I could breathe. And that has really changed. The way that I operate through the day is I’m not as tired. My thoughts are clear. I can actually process the work that’s ahead of me and then I don’t have to wonder if I’m going to sleep that night. I know that I’m going to sleep well because I have the device in. You Said it’s easy here. Okay, Finn, I can open my mouth up, see the van can open my mouth up. Stop going anywhere. I can talk. If I got to get up and take me some Tylenol, two Tylenol and drink, you don’t feel nothing. It’s the best. It’s the thing. It’s a night changer. This.

What Quality Means to SomnoMed

At some moment, we believe that quality is at the center of all we do. It starts with our high quality device that is manufactured using FDA standards and undergoes the highest ISO manufacturing standards. We deliver a device that has to fit perfectly and be extremely comfortable for the patient because that’s what will allow the patient to use the treatment long-term and benefit their health. But quality doesn’t stop with the device. Quality also is reflected in every interaction we have with our dentists, with our patients, and other customers. Whether it be a technical issue or a clinical question, we want that quality to be reflected in every interaction that we have. We also believe that quality is important in our investments in research and education that occur nationally and worldwide because we feel that quality needs to reflect who we are, and if we do a good job, our patients are going to be better.

Traveling with a SomnoMed device is much easier than traveling with the traditional CPAP machine. For those who have been diagnosed with sleep apnea, our device provides the ideal experience for you to grab and go while still being able to sleep comfortably with your condition. TSA friendly and taking up just as much space as a cup of coffee. You never have to worry about power cables, extra bags, or missing parts. Simply place your device in the travel container and you are ready to go. Traveling with obstructive sleep apnea and your son me device is easier now than ever before.

Obstructive sleep apnea is commonly treated with CPAP or continuous positive airway pressure. And while this is very effective therapy, not all patients can tolerate it.
It definitely was a struggle. It took some getting used to because having this thing on you, when I’m used to turning and when you turn and you got this hose,
The thing is it limits him at night. You can’t sleep on your stomach, and he sleeps basically on his right side away from me. So if I want a spoon to get under him, I’m behind him. He can’t turn and be under me. If he does, it’s because the machine isn’t on and then it’s like, okay, I got to go to sleep, and he turns around, put the machine on.
Well, if I’m facing her the air, I know it feels like I’m bringing, This Is horrible. So I don’t like to feel, I feel bad, so I justLike, okay. And sometime at night, it readjusts on his own with the pillow. So I have to grab his nose and try to fix it right to stop hearing the noise because it keeps me up.If we educate patients about alternatives to CPAP, they’re actually more likely to stick with therapy. So when a patient is unable to tolerate CPAP, we talk to them about continuous open airway therapy, which achieves the same goal as CPAP, just through a different mechanism. So CPAP pressurizes the upper airway and moves the tissues apart. Coat actually moves the lower jaw forward, opens up the airway mechanically, and allows the airway to remain open through the night coat is extremely effective for patients with mild to moderate obstructive sleep apnea and can often be used as first line therapy. Woke up the other day and was just like, wow, I’ve kind of forgotten what this was like, just to be truly at peace, truly resting at night.

Hi. I am Jeff, and I have obstructive sleep apnea,
And it affects both of us. I didn’t even know how much was affecting me until she started giving me a little hint. Something’s wrong.
When we first got married, everything was fine. He didn’t have this problem, and because you were happy, well
Met too. I mean, out of college, I got the desk job, so I was sitting there. I wasn’t as active as I used to be.
That seems like that coincided with when the snoring started and it was bad. I was really concerned. Well, at first I was just annoyed because I wasn’t getting sleep either. Very annoyed. And then it was really scary because he’d be sleeping, he’d be snoring, and then all of a sudden the snoring would stop after a while of observing you being awake at night, but observing you. I realized he would stop snoring because he wasn’t breathing. That’s when you went to the doctor. That’s when you got officially diagnosed with sleep apnea and yeah, he prescribed the C Pap. Yeah, that, oh my gosh. I did try it Not as often as, No, probably not as often as I should, but it was uncomfortable. Just really [00:01:30] didn’t work that well. So I mean, after that, what do you do? So I got online, I’m the family researcher. I got online and just started looking for any other option. I went to my dentist, I talked to him about it, and There was nothing to it, and I got fit with the device. Oh my goodness. He tried it out. It has changed our lives. We have our lives back. I wake up and I have energy. I am not tired all day long. Because you’re sleeping. You’re Sleeping. Exactly. I’m getting proper sleep. Proper eight hours of Sleep, and I’m too now. Thank goodness. Having our lives back now, thanks to Soden, it really reinforces to me just how much sleep apnea has really, how much it stole from Us. I mean, I’ve lost weight now because I have the energy to work out, work and to exercise. I mean, my metabolism’s back up. It’s been a wonderful, wonderful experience for the both of us. So, I mean, if you’re on the fence about it, I mean, don’t, Don’t be on the fence about it. It’s so easy.