Improve Your Sleep with Custom Appliances
Do you wake up feeling unrested or with a headache? Are you a frequent snorer? Do you grind your teeth at night? A custom sleep appliance from Drs. Chalker & Peterson can treat all these symptoms and more.
As dental professionals, we understand the muscles that make your jaw function properly. Our thorough analysis of your jaw functionality will determine how to fix your problem and treat your symptoms.
Proper Jaw Alignment is the Key
Our muscles relax as we sleep, including those that can obstruct our airways (namely: the tongue). Improper jaw alignment will let the tongue or the throat muscles block the airway, making it difficult to breathe. Further, the tension from jaw muscles can trigger unconscious teeth grinding, as can stress, fatigue, and even a caffeine or nicotine habit.
Your sleep position affects jaw alignment as well. If you sleep face down or on the side of your face, you could be aggravating the problem. When the jaw muscles are correctly aligned, your airway is clear and open and allows air to pass through quietly. You won’t wake up with a headache or feel sleep deprived.
Sleep Appliance Solutions for Everyone
If you come to us complaining of problematic sleep, our team will devise a personalized solution to your problem.
First, we analyze your teeth and jaw muscles to determine the best course of action. If your symptoms are simply tooth grinding due to stress, we can outfit you with a mouthguard that will prevent the unconscious movement.
Other issues, like sleep apnea, may need more complex treatment. Once diagnosed, we can create an appliance with your specific case in mind. This device holds your jaw in the correct position and allows you a good night’s rest. Lastly, severe orthodontic issues can also be the root of your symptoms. In that case, we will refer you to a trusted local orthodontist.
At the office of Drs. Chalker & Peterson, we’re skilled in detecting and treating complications with jaw muscles. For more information, give us a call and speak with one of our office coordinators and schedule a consultation today.