Sleep Disorders Specialist

Allure Dental Care of Maple Lawn

Cosmetic & General Dentistry located in Fulton, MD

Dentistry goes beyond treating your oral health. Dental solutions can actually play a significant role in treating a number of sleep disorders. If you’re suffering from a sleep disorder, like the 18 million Americans that are estimated by the National Sleep Foundation to have sleep apnea, then a trip to the dental professionals at Allure Dental Care of Maple Lawn in Fulton, Maryland, might actually be the beginning to your solution. Drs. Mahvash Zulfaghary and Zehra Asad are highly trained and well equipped to diagnose and treat a number of sleep disorders. Call or book an appointment online today.

Sleep Disorders Q & A

What sleep disorders can my dentist diagnose and/or treat?

If you grind your teeth at night, snore, or have sleep apnea, there are certain indicators that a dentist, such as Dr. Zulfaghary or Dr. Asad, will be able to observe while conducting an oral checkup.

With teeth grinding, or bruxism, your dentist might notice:

  • worn tooth surfaces
  • inflamed and/or receding gums
  • scalloped edges on your tongue
  • a spike in cavities

With snoring, your dentist might notice:

  • redness in the throat

With sleep apnea, your dentist might notice:

  • that your tongue is too large for your mouth
  • that your jaw is too small for your tongue
  • signs of teeth grinding or snoring, which are themselves also symptoms of sleep apnea

What are the dangers of sleep disorders?

There are many dangers associated with sleep disorders, both oral and non-oral. Grinding your teeth can wear down your enamel, which makes your teeth more susceptible to cavity-causing bacteria. It can also lead to a loss of tooth structure and temporomandibular disorder (TMD). Snoring causes diminished sleep quality and fatigue, and sleep apnea is linked to diabetes, heart disease, obesity, headaches, and a higher risk of high blood pressure.

How can a dentist treat sleep disorders?

More often than not, your dentist is the first stop on a long road towards treating your sleep disorder problems.

If Dr. Zulfaghary or Dr. Asad suspect that you have sleep apnea, they might order a sleep study for you. While dentists are well versed in the symptoms and treatments of various sleep disorders, only a medical doctor can officially diagnose sleep apnea. One of the more common treatments for sleep apnea is the prescription of a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machine.

Dr. Zulfaghary or Dr. Asad might also order a sleep study for you if they suspect that you’re grinding your teeth at night. They do this in order to rule out the potential that an airway issue might be causing the bruxism. If a poor airway is the culprit, that should be treated first. If the issue is not with your airway, then they might prescribe you a mouthguard to wear while sleeping.

Stop losing sleep. Call or book an appointment online today with the experts at Allure Dental Care of Maple Lawn, and get yourself back on track to a good night’s rest.