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SLEEP DISORDERED BREATHING

During sleep disordered breathing, the airflow is interrupted and the amount of oxygen absorbed into the blood stream in the lungs is reduced. As the oxygen levels drop, many people respond by grinding or clenching their teeth, which is known as bruxism.

Sleep disordered breathing refers to 3 closely related conditions that differ only in severity:

1. Simple snoring
2. Upper airway resistance syndrome
3. Obstructive sleep apnea.

Bruxism and sleep disorders

These two problems are often opposite sides of the same coin:

  • Bruxism can lead to worn/broken/missing teeth, which can lead to worn and diseased TMJ joints, which in turn can lead to sleep disorders.
  • Alternatively, sleep disorders can lead to bruxism, which can lead to missing/broken/worn teeth, which can lead to TMJ problems.
  • You can read more about TMJ and bruxism here.

Symptoms of both bruxism and sleep disorders include:

  • Headaches (including migraines and tension headaches)
  • Dizziness, vertigo and nausea
  • TMJ pain and clicking or popping of the jaw joint
  • Missing/broken/worn teeth
  • Neck and back pain
  • Fatigue and irritability
  • Snoring
  • Eye pain
  • Excessive daytime sleepiness, especially while watching a movie or driving
  • Poor memory
  • Acid reflux, GERD

Sleep Solutions

Diagnosis and treatment:

  • At our office, we will conduct a thorough dental history, screening exam and diagnostic tests.
  • Treatment will can involve a custom made airway appliance, such as a narval or CPAP machine (continuous positive airway pressure).
  • Home Sleep Studies Tab. Candice will provide Copy and photos of ARES sleep testing machine.

If you or someone you love currently experiences sleep problems and has some of the above symptoms, we can help. Contact Whistler Dental today to book a complimentary consult appointment and get started on the road to a better night’s sleep.

Whistler Dental Offers

Complimentary Sleep Studies

A sleep study, is a test used to diagnose possible sleep or airway disorders. Sleep studies can determine whether you have a problem with your stages of sleep, which can affect day to day activities, as well as overall health and safety. These tests record brain waves, oxygen levels, heart rate, breathing, as well as eye and leg movements to measure the quality of sleep you may be getting. These tests can be done with several different kinds of take home monitors that patients can wear for the duration of their regular sleep patter in a day, to ensure that enough data is captured to provide a diagnosis.

Sleep Analysis Quiz

Find out if you or someone you love is at risk.

Sleep Analysis

  • Have you ever been told you stop breathing while asleep?
  • Have you taken medications for or been diagnosed with high blood pressure?
  • Have you ever fallen asleep or nodded off while driving?
  • Have you had weight gain and found it difficult to lose weight?
  • Have you ever woken up suddenly with gasping or with your heart racing?
  • Do you kick or jerk your legs while sleeping?
  • Do you feel excessively sleepy during the day?
  • Do you feel burning, tingling or crawling sensations in your legs when you wake up?
  • Do you snore? Or have been told that you snore?
  • Do you have trouble falling asleep?
  • Do you wake up with headaches during the night or in the morning?
  • Do you have trouble staying asleep once you fall asleep?
  • Low = 0-7 Moderate = 8 - 11 High = 12 -15 Severe = 16+
  • Results

    We will have one of the practitioners in the office review your results and will be in touch if a consult or complimentary sleep study is needed. Please leave your name, phone number and email, so that we may follow up with a recommendation. You will also receive a copy of your quiz in your inbox.
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DID YOU SCORE 8 OR HIGHER?

If you scored 8 or higher, you may be at risk for serious health issues.
Contact a health professional and arrange for a diagnosis as soon as possible.

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CONCERNED ABOUT SLEEP PROBLEMS? WE CAN HELP.

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