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Breathing Disorders

Sleep Disordered Breathing or rather Breathing Disordered Sleep is a problem in which we are not breathing in the most efficient way for our bodies. This often occurs all day long, but it compounds at night since we are laying down with the soft tissue of the palate and the tongue falling backward. In addition, when we are in REM sleep, the muscles of our body are paralyzed resulting in more restriction of the airway space.

The collapse of the soft tissues often results in a phenomena called snoring. In actuality, snoring is the vibration of the soft tissues of the throat when air is going past them. Patients that snore are at a significantly higher risk of heart attack or stroke and are likely to have obstructive sleep apnea. Sleep apnea, however, is not the only disordered breathing that can occur during sleep. When the inspiratory flow of air is less than optimal, patients will suffer from fragmented sleep due to their bodies need for oxygen. Eventhough a patient may sleep for the intended amount of hours, if the sleep quality is poor, the true regenerative power of sleep is not the same. Patients who do not get the proper amount of deep sleep are more likely to have chronic inflammatory diseases like high blood pressure, diabetes, and fibromyalgia to name a few. Without this deep sleep the body can not rest and regenerate like is intended. This leads to more and more insult to our cells, and they begin to break down. The lack of air not only disrupts our sleep but lowers the amount of oxygen being delivered to our heart and brain: two very vital organs!

The closing of the airway space by the soft tissues makes a smaller diameter air tube in which we breathe. This results in an increase in negative pressure and the ability of the acid contents of the stomach to come up to the larynx or into the mouth. The results of this can be hoarseness of the throat upon waking or gastroesophageal reflux disease where acid actually comes into the mouth. As a dentist, Dr. Bruno is able to see if you are having issues with reflux as your teeth show signs of the erosion from the stomach acid.

At Bruno Dentistry, we perform a thorough evaluation of your mouth or oral cavity. We look at all parts of your soft tissues and hard tissues. If we see signs that you may be suffering from sleep disordered breathing, we will discuss it with you. Treating the problem is a multidisciplinary effort, and we work with a specialized team including an ENT trained in airway, a myofunctional therapist, and an airway focused orthodontist. Treatments are contoured to the specifics of each patient but focus on making sure you are able to breathe well through your nose, have freedom of movement of your tongue, and have a mouth that allows the well-trained tongue to rest on the palate with the tip behind the upper front teeth.

At Bruno Dentistry, our goal is to help you live the healthiest life possible.

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Airways & Sleep Apnea

Sleep Apnea Dentist 78759

Breathing Disorders
Sleep Disordered Breathing or rather Breathing Disordered Sleep is a problem in which we are not breathing in the most efficient way for our bodies. This often occurs all day long, but it compounds at night since we are laying down with the soft tissue of the palate and the tongue falling backward. In addition, when we are in REM sleep, the muscles of our body are paralyzed resulting in more restriction of the airway space.

The collapse of the soft tissues often results in a phenomena called snoring. In actuality, snoring is the vibration of the soft tissues of the throat when air is going past them. Patients that snore are at a significantly higher risk of heart attack or stroke and are likely to have obstructive sleep apnea. Sleep apnea, however, is not the only disordered breathing that can occur during sleep. When the inspiratory flow of air is less than optimal, patients will suffer from fragmented sleep due to their bodies need for oxygen. Eventhough a patient may sleep for the intended amount of hours, if the sleep quality is poor, the true regenerative power of sleep is not the same. Patients who do not get the proper amount of deep sleep are more likely to have chronic inflammatory diseases like high blood pressure, diabetes, and fibromyalgia to name a few. Without this deep sleep the body can not rest and regenerate like is intended. This leads to more and more insult to our cells, and they begin to break down. The lack of air not only disrupts our sleep but lowers the amount of oxygen being delivered to our heart and brain: two very vital organs!

The closing of the airway space by the soft tissues makes a smaller diameter air tube in which we breathe. This results in an increase in negative pressure and the ability of the acid contents of the stomach to come up to the larynx or into the mouth. The results of this can be hoarseness of the throat upon waking or gastroesophageal reflux disease where acid actually comes into the mouth. As a dentist, Dr. Bruno is able to see if you are having issues with reflux as your teeth show signs of the erosion from the stomach acid.

At Bruno Dentistry, we perform a thorough evaluation of your mouth or oral cavity. We look at all parts of your soft tissues and hard tissues. If we see signs that you may be suffering from sleep disordered breathing, we will discuss it with you. Treating the problem is a multidisciplinary effort, and we work with a specialized team including an ENT trained in airway, a myofunctional therapist, and an airway focused orthodontist. Treatments are contoured to the specifics of each patient but focus on making sure you are able to breathe well through your nose, have freedom of movement of your tongue, and have a mouth that allows the well-trained tongue to rest on the palate with the tip behind the upper front teeth.

At Bruno Dentistry, our goal is to help you live the healthiest life possible.

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