Breathing and Sleep: How going to the dentist may improve your sleep
Our team of dental professionals believes that “Oral Health is Healthcare.” This integrative approach connects dentistry to functional medicine by looking for the root causes of problems rather than just treating symptoms.
One of the foundational pillars of good health is good sleep. Sleep restores, oxygenates, and allows our bodies to regenerate. How we breathe greatly impacts our ability to get good sleep. In my 30 years of dentistry, I have become particularly fascinated with the structure of the mouth and how that impacts how we breathe, and ultimately how we sleep.
Proper sleep is critical to control chronic inflammation in our body. Sleep-disordered breathing prevents the body from healing itself every night. Sleep-disordered breathing is also linked to depression, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, gerd, osteoporosis, periodontitis, stroke, asthma, dementia, and cancers.
Sleep-disordered breathing is more widespread than you may think.
While millions of people get diagnosed with these disorders, most healthcare providers do not consider that there is an underlying cause. At JBL, we are passionate about linking our specialties of medicine and dentistry together to diagnose sleep disorders and improve our patient’s overall well-being. Now, with the convergence of new research and technology, we can now diagnose airway and breathing issues right in our office!
When you walk into our practice, you may notice we have a new diagnostic machine called a CBCT machine on our first floor. This stands for Cone-Beam Computed Tomography, and gives us a CAT scan for the jaws, the airway, and the surrounding structures.
This cutting-edge technology tells us a great amount of information in very little time with very low exposure (equal to only 6 dental X-rays).
We use this information to diagnose and set up a healthy mouth baseline for our patients.
A healthy mouth baseline discusses the health of the mouth and its relational impact on your overall health.
Do you have any underlying sleep issues?
- Do you have acid erosion on your upper teeth?
- Do you clench or grind your teeth
- Do you have trouble falling asleep?
- Does your partner tell you that you snore?
- Do you wake up unrefreshed?
- Do you wake up with a dry mouth?
- Do you have high blood pressure or very low blood pressure?
- If you stick out your tongue is the sides of the tongue scalloped? ( little indentations on the side of your tongue?)
Any yes to any of these questions and we highly recommend making an appointment to find the root cause. Our team of experts can help you figure out an airway/sleep plan moving forward.
Please call 212 7346111 or
go to https://app.nexhealth.com/appt/jbl-new-york-city
In our next newsletter, we will cover more on breathing and sleep.