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Can a Trip to the Dentist Really Improve Your Sleep?

Posted on October 25, 2010 | in Sleep Apnea | by

The jokes we hear while sitting in the dental chair getting our bi-annual mouth spelunking can get tiresome, but that’s not what we’re talking about here. And we already know dental jokes are only funny to the doctor, but at least someone’s getting a kick out of it!

All jokes aside, millions of Americans suffer from sleep disorder or disruption. This can translate into many other health related problems including, heart attack, stroke, and worse. Even fibromyalgia, irritable bowel, chronic fatigue, restless leg syndrome, and migraines have been reported as symptoms of people suffering from sleep disorders.

New technology, along with recent advancements in research, diagnosis, and treatment have presented the neighborhood dental practice with the capabilities and information necessary to treat your common sleep disorder. One exciting, and somewhat unknown area of study is Oral Systemic Balance, a field pioneered by a renowned (in dentistry) TMJ specialist. TMJ deals with headaches, misaligned jaw problems, teeth grinding and so forth. The connection between sleep apnea, TMJ, and OSB is just now beginning to be communicated to the public.

But, you heard it here first! Ok, maybe not. But, if we ever have any questions about how we can improve our sleep, we only need to ask our dentists. One thing is for sure, if we don’t tell our dentist we’re suffering from headaches, neck pain, jaw pain, sleep problems…or anything else, then they can’t learn more about combating or overcoming our chronic health issues.

Speak up, and take control of your health & wellness!

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+Chris Barnard is Managing Editor of, a patient-centric Social Dental Network blog dedicated to enabling the digital dental health conversation - and the eradication of the cavity creeps.
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