Improve your Smile and Take Back Your Sleep with Sleep Apnea Treatment

You can learn a lot about a person from their smile. For example, if their teeth are straight and their smile is wide, I would assume that their teeth are cavity-free, that they enjoy consistent restful sleep, and that they breathe easily through their nose.

On the contrary, when I encounter someone with crowded teeth or a narrow smile, I assume that they experience sinus problems, grind their teeth at night, have had multiple cavities, and likely struggle with sleep.

Now you’re probably wondering, how can I infer all this just by the shape of someone’s smile? The truth is, the way we smile is often indicative of underlying oral health issues. A big, healthy smile tells me that the tongue is resting comfortably against the palate and that the jaw is sufficiently developed, which supports healthy tooth alignment and allows easier breathing. However, a crooked or narrow smile usually means your tongue is resting incorrectly in your mouth and that your jaw could be underdeveloped.

In addition to contributing to common dental health issues like tooth crowding, an underdeveloped jaw restricts the airway, potentially leading to a plethora of serious conditions, such as high blood pressure, heart disease, heart attack, stroke, and even death.

I used to have straight teeth and a narrow smile. As a result, I would often clench my teeth and I struggled to get a good night’s sleep. I recall waking up one morning feeling like I hadn’t slept much and telling my wife, “I think I have sleep apnea.” Upon closer examination, it turned out that my diagnosis was correct. At that point, I realized I had a couple of options.

My first option was a CPAP machine. I didn’t like the idea of a CPAP. I knew if I began using the machine, it would be too noisy, and I would probably end up sleeping on the couch. If this sounds like something you would also rather avoid, I have good news: there is a better solution.

Deciding against the CPAP, I quickly realized I could combat my sleep apnea with a therapeutic approach that combines the following:

  • Developing and growing the jaw
  • Training the tongue to rest in its proper place against the palate
  • Freeing the tongue if it is restricted
  • Breathing lightly through the nose
  • Eating healthier
  • Implementing proper sleep hygiene

By integrating these practices into my daily life, I gradually began to notice a marked improvement in how well-rested I felt upon waking up each morning. Little by little, my sleep got better, and eventually, even my smile began to improve! Today, I can say that sleep apnea is no longer an issue and my smile has never shined brighter.

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What about you? Do you suffer from crooked teeth and/or a narrow smile? Are you unsure whether or not you experience sleep apnea? The following are some of the most common sleep apnea symptoms:

  • Loud snoring 
  • Gasping for air during sleep
  • Frequent headaches in the morning
  • Dry mouth 
  • Restless sleep
  • Episodes in which you stop breathing during sleep 
  • Constant feeling of tiredness while awake
  • Difficulty concentrating

If you consistently experience any of these symptoms, it’s possible that you suffer from either obstructive sleep apnea or central sleep apnea. The only way to know for certain is by calling or contacting our Redwood Dental office today to schedule your consultation.

Don’t let sleep apnea control your life. With proper treatment, you’ll enjoy better sleep, improved health, and a picture-perfect smile in no time!