At Troy Bartels, DDS, our team understands the value of preventive dental care and so we strive to educate our patients on the ways in which it will promote strong and healthy teeth. But you might be surprised to learn that the preventive care practiced by Dr. Bartels isn’t only about your teeth!
Caring for Your Airway
As part of his duties as your Jonesboro area family dentist, Dr. Bartels keeps a close eye on your teeth and mouth to detect and treat any potential problems, including certain sleep disorders.
Detecting Sleep Apnea
Sleep apnea is a serious disorder that occurs when your breathing repeatedly stops while asleep. Although symptoms vary, folks with sleep apnea often snore and report feeling tired even after a full night’s sleep. Additionally, 25% of people with sleep apnea grind or clench their teeth while sleeping, possibly as a stress response to a blocked airway. Our highly-skilled team is trained to identify symptoms of sleep apnea and signs of bruxism, such as worn tooth surfaces, breakage, and bite misalignment.
Preventing Future Problems
Poor quality sleep can make you feel tired and cranky the next day. Moreover, untreated sleep apnea will increase your risk for high blood pressure, heart problems, diabetes, and other medical conditions. If we recognize any potential symptoms of obstructive sleep apnea, we can help treat patients so they can finally get a good night’s rest. Sleep apnea treatments range from wearing a nighttime oral appliance that prevents airway blockage or a CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure) machine to surgery in cases that require a more drastic approach.
Restoring Good Sleep for Your Overall Health
Dr. Bartels and the rest of our team will work to create an individualized care plan so you can get a good night’s sleep once again. To ask our friendly team any additional questions about how we can help you sleep better, or to schedule your next dental checkup and cleaning, contact our office today!