The quality of your sleep can have great impact on many things…including your ability to face the day with a smile. But the tie between the two goes deeper than many people realize, as proper oral health can actually affect your ability to get restful sleep.
Snoring, teeth grinding, and sleep apnea are each often indicative of the state of dental health, and so Back 2 Basics Dental offers sleep-focused care at Dental Sleep Solutions of Clarksville, tying the two practices seamlessly to provide a more comprehensive level of care and address underlying oral complications that may be at the very root of sleep disorders. “We’re the only dental office in town that focuses on oral appliance therapy to treat dental sleep disorders including bruxism, snoring, and obstructive sleep apnea,” says owner and head dental practitioner Dr. Jennifer Cornell, DDS, FAGD, who expanded her practice at Back 2 Basics open Dental to Dental Sleep Solutions of Clarksville in 2012. “If we see risk factors for dental sleep disorders or sleep disorder breathing during the course of a dental exam, we offer our patients a free home sleep test to quantify the night-time grinding and clenching that results from bruxism, monitor snoring, and screen for any underlying sleep disorder breathing. From there, we can custom fabricate the appropriate oral appliance to the issue or make a referral for evidence of respiratory disorders.”
It’s a critical issue, to be sure, as leaving things unaddressed can have the trickle-down effect of more than just interrupting your sleep. “Undiagnosed and untreated Bruxism and snoring can contribute to not only teeth, gum, and TMJ issues but also relationship problems. Sleep disorder breathing has the potential to be life threatening, as well, if it’s left undiagnosed or untreated, so we feel it’s extremely important to identify issues and resolve them as soon as possible.”
Working with a number of sleep labs and physicians in the area, Dental Sleep Solutions of Clarksville is also a DME provider for Medicare and files medical insurance to ensure that their patients are given proper care with the proper coverage. “Offering our patients the attention they need is a passion for us,” says Cornell. And they don’t rest until they’ve achieved success.