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The Role of a Dentist in Addressing Sleep Disorders, Marietta

The Role of a Dentist in Addressing Sleep Disorders

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When we think about getting a good night’s sleep, we often consider factors like a comfortable mattress or a quiet room. However, what many may not realize is that our dental health plays a crucial role in the quality of our sleep. At Dental Care Kennestone in Marietta, our team is dedicated not only to your oral health but also to enhancing your overall well-being, including your sleep quality.

How Can a Dentist Help You Sleep Better?

1. Identifying and Treating Bruxism

One common dental issue that can affect sleep is bruxism, or teeth grinding. Bruxism often occurs during sleep and can lead to disrupted sleep patterns, headaches, jaw pain, and even damage to your teeth. At Dental Care Kennestone, we offer custom-made night guards for patients who grind their teeth. These guards protect the teeth and reduce the strain on the jaw muscles, leading to a more peaceful and pain-free sleep.

2. Addressing Sleep Apnea

Sleep apnea, a condition where breathing stops intermittently during sleep, can significantly impact your sleep quality and overall health. Dentists play a key role in identifying signs of sleep apnea, such as worn teeth (from grinding) or a small jaw, which can indicate a higher risk for this condition. While severe cases may require CPAP therapy or surgery, mild to moderate sleep apnea can often be treated with oral appliances that adjust the position of the jaw or tongue to keep the airway open.

3. Managing TMJ Disorders

Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (TMJ) can cause pain and discomfort in the jaw, leading to difficulties in falling and staying asleep. A dentist can help diagnose TMJ disorders and provide treatments such as oral appliances, exercises, or therapy to alleviate pain and improve sleep quality.

4. Promoting Overall Oral Health

Poor oral health can lead to discomfort or pain that disrupts sleep. Regular dental check-ups at Dental Care Kennestone ensure that issues like cavities, gum disease, or infections are treated promptly, reducing discomfort and promoting better sleep.

5. Educating on Good Oral Hygiene Practices

Good oral hygiene practices not only prevent dental problems but can also contribute to better sleep. For instance, reducing the intake of sugary foods and drinks can decrease the risk of tooth decay and gum disease, which can cause discomfort at night.

The Connection Between Oral Health and Sleep Quality

The link between oral health and sleep quality is a two-way street. Poor sleep can lead to an increase in oral health problems, while oral health issues can disrupt sleep. Stress and anxiety, which often worsen with lack of sleep, can lead to more teeth grinding. On the other hand, addressing oral health concerns can lead to better sleep, which in turn can reduce stress and improve overall health.

Call a Trusted Marietta Dentist for A More Restful Sleep

At Dental Care Kennestone in Marietta, we understand the importance of a holistic approach to health. By addressing dental issues that can impact your sleep, we aim to not only enhance your oral health but also improve your overall quality of life. Whether it’s through providing night guards for bruxism, treating sleep apnea, managing TMJ disorders, or ensuring optimal oral health, our goal is to help you achieve both a healthy smile and a good night’s sleep.

Posted on behalf of Dental Care Center at Kennestone


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Dental Care Center at Kennestone

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  • I absolutely love this dental experience. I used to dread having to make dental trips but since finding this office 4 years ago that took the dread away. From making the appointment, to visiting with the office staff. It's great. The Hygienist is very friendly. But that Dr. O,
    she is a ray of sunshine. Perfect bedside manner, concerning, caring, helpful, and so very positive. I do not have dental insurance and could go somewhere else that may be a tad cheaper but I wouldn't trade this dental office for the world. They feel more like family. Give them a try you won't regret it!

    Angie W.
  • I am very happy I came to this dental office! I tend to avoid going to the dentist because of past experiences, but my visit today was 10/10!! The dental hygienist, Kelly, and Dr. Buffington were so nice and thorough. I highly recommend! So happy I found a good and nice dental office finally!! :)

  • Always a great experience when I come in for cleanings or any work that has to be done. Special thanks to my hygienist Kelli for a good cleaning today and making me feel comfortable. Dr. Buffington is also terrific and very attentive. The entire staff will make you feel welcome and comfortable.

    Mark P.
  • I have been a patient here for many years. I’ve always had positive experiences. I especially like the Dental Hygenist “Callie”. She is just the best, always smiling and cheerful, just what you need at the Dentist. She is very experienced and I’ve learned a lot from her. All the Staff is very nice and polite and Dr Buffington is great also. I’ve had a lot of dental work done by her and never had a problem. She is very gentle and painless too!

    Nancy M.
  • The dentist, Dr. Buffington, hygienist, and staff were professional and efficient. Dr. Buffington provided an excellent explanation to my question so that I understood the situation. High recommend this dental practice.

    Don S.
  • Dr. Buffington has to be the kindest, most patient dentist in the world. The staff is amazingly attentive, non-judgemental and offers a very comforting experience. I appreciate how patient they are with me, a 44-year old that still cries and would rather give birth (without medication) than have dental work. I hope you catch my drift😉

    Adriennes B.
  • I really like Dr. Buffington. She gave me a plan that gives me hope about a TMJ issue. Everyone on the staff was professional and seemed genuinely caring. I would highly recommend the office.

    It’s a warm and welcoming atmosphere, and they don’t try to sell you on things you don’t need.

    Donna D.
  • I highly recommend this dental practice. They took prompt and amazing care of me to address a TMJ episode. Dr. Buffington and all employees I encountered were professional, friendly, caring and knowledgeable. They set me on the path of recovery and have earned my respect and business going forward. How refreshing to engage with a business that truly understands customer service.

    Ronni P.