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Sleep Disorders
 
All About Sleep Disorders
Who is Affected By Sleep Disorders
Who Treats Sleep Disorders
What Happens At A Sleep Lab
 
Types of Sleep Disorders
Sleep Apnea
What is Sleep Apnea
What Causes Sleep Apnea
Treating Sleep Apnea
Sleep Apnea in Children
Insomnia
What is Insomnia
What Causes Insomnia
Treating Insomnia
Sleep Walking
What is Sleep Walking
What Causes Sleep Walking
Treating Sleep Waking
Hypersomnia: Daytime Sleepiness
What is Hypersomnia
What Causes Hypersomnia
Treating Hypersomnia
Sleep Paralysis
What is Sleep Paralysis
What Causes Sleep Paralysis
Treating Sleep Paralysis
REM Sleep Behavior Disorder
What is REM Sleep
What Causes REM Sleep
Treating REM Sleep
Narcolepsy
What is Narcolepsy
What Causes Narcolepsy
Treating Narcolepsy
Restless Leg Syndrome
What is Restless Leg Syndrome
What Causes Restless Leg Syndrome
Treating Restless Leg Syndrome
Nightmares
What are Nightmares
What Causes Nightmares
Treating Nightmares
Snoring
What is Snoring
What Causes Snoring
Treating Snoring
Sleep Deprivation
What is Sleep Deprivation
What Causes Sleep Deprivation
Treating Sleep Deprivation
Circadian Rhythm Sleep Disorders
What are Circadian Rhythm Sleep Disorders
What Causes Circadian Rhythm Sleep Disorders
Treating Circadian Rhythm Sleep Disorders
Dentistry and Sleep Disorders
Dentists’ Role in Managing Sleep Disorders
Dental Treatments for Sleep Disorders
Advantages of Dental Treatments
 
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Dentists' Role in Managing Sleep Disorders

A dentist's role in dealing with sleep disorders starts after a diagnosis has been made by a general practitioner or a sleep physician. Due to limits of licensure, dentists are legally unable to diagnose sleep disorders, however once a diagnosis has been made a dentist can help treat the sleep disorder.

Dentist's Role in Managing Sleep Disorders

Dental Treatments for Sleep Disorders

Dentists use a variety of oral appliances to treat sleep disorders. This approach to the treatment of sleep disorders, mainly sleep apnea, is called oral appliance therapy. In some cases a dentist who specializes in sleep medicine may recommend certain surgical procedures to best control sleep disorder symptoms.

Advantages of Dental Treatments

Dental treatments and oral appliance therapy are a great way to manage certain types of sleep disorders. Although sleep disorders like restless leg syndrome and narcolepsy cannot be treated using these methods, for people who suffer from sleep apnea and snoring dental treatments can greatly improve their quality of sleep. If you have, or suspect that you have, a sleep disorder consult your doctor or sleep physician first in order to receive an accurate diagnosis. Be sure to pursue dental treatments for your sleep disorder whenever they are applicable.

 

 

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