Sleep and Breathing Problems

Airway/Sleep Disorders are surprisingly common and often go undetected even by dental professionals.

Tips to Consider

Airway/Sleep Disorders (ASD) include everything from breathing with an open mouth to asthma, sleep apnea, and insomnia.  People suffering from ASD experience fatigue, fogginess, and cognitive issues that may become a normal way of life. Untreated, ASD deprives the brain of much-needed oxygen, short circuits vitally important detoxing and restorative functions, and can thus lead to dementia.

It is not uncommon for sleep and breathing problems to be present from birth, and these problems don’t often go away on their own.  If you observe your child breathing with an open mouth, or see other signs of a narrow or blocked airway, bring it to the attention of their doctor or dentist.  Some children benefit from having tonsils or adenoids removed.  Others may need their dental arch broadened.

If your adult partner says you snore, you awaken from sleep gasping for air, breathe with an open mouth, or have sleep apnea, your body is at risk or is already suffering from low oxygen levels (hypoxia). In addition, disturbances in sleep patterns cut into time the body needs to clear toxins.

To determine if you might be suffering from ASD, here are some questions to consider:

  • Does your partner complain that you snore?
  • Do you feel yourself awakening at night with a start, gasping for breath?
  • Do you regularly breathe through your mouth?
  • Do you tire easily or fall asleep during the day?

If the answer to any of these questions is yes, consult a dentist who specializes in airway and sleep problems. A sleep study may be recommended.