Sleep Dentistry in Nashville, TNNashville, TN
When people experience difficulty sleeping through the night, they tend to blame the comfort of their bed, stress from their work schedule, noise from neighbors and other factors before considering a specific medical condition. Even then, people will attempt to find at-home solutions to the sleep issue. The reality is that issues such as Temporomandibular Joint Disorder, TMJ, and sleep apnea require specific medical treatments.
Sleep Study and Diagnosis
We offer customized treatment to patients with our sleep dentistry in Nashville, TN. The goal is to help patients find long-lasting relief from the health issue causing them pain. We can also provide follow-up care to help the patient learn effective ways to prevent the condition from causing problems in the future.
We can help treat various health issues that interrupt sleep and negatively impact your daily routine.
Patients who seem to snore loudly or struggle with breathing while asleep may have sleep apnea. Sleep apnea is a condition in which the airway in the throat closes or nearly closes, causing people to have difficulty breathing. In some cases, people will stop breathing for several seconds at a time before breathing again.
By conducting a sleep study, we can:
- Determine the frequency of breathing cessation during one night of sleep
- Measure brain and muscle activity during sleep
- Measure breathing during sleep
- Assess the amount of oxygen in the patient’s blood
- Record the level and amount of snoring while asleep
We understand that this process and treating other health issues with sleep dentistry can be unfamiliar to patients. Thus, here are common questions people ask on a regular basis and our answers to them.
What Happens During a Sleep Study?
A sleep study helps us to measure the patient’s health issues and symptoms that are causing sleep difficulty. We can monitor how many times in an hour the patient stops breathing, oxygen in the blood, measure muscle activity and other factors to help determine the extent of the patient’s sleep apnea.
How Long is a Sleep Study?
The sleep study will typically be one full night of sleep. The study can take place where ever is deemed necessary and that could be in a sleep center or at the patient’s home. In the cases where the test is at the patient’s home, the professional team will not need to be present that night so long as the patient follows the proper protocol.
What happens if I Damage my Oral Appliance?
If you damage your nightguard or oral appliance, then schedule an appointment with us as soon as possible. We will need to repair it. Do not attempt to repair any damage on your own without professional assistance.
There is no reason to let these issues hinder your quality of sleep. If you are in need of sleep dentistry in Nashville, TN, or the surrounding area, do not hesitate to give us a call and schedule an appointment today.
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