Always tired? It Might be a Dental Problem!

Always tired? It Might be a Dental Problem!

Sleep problems? Believe it or not, your dentist can help!

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Does your spouse say your snoring is driving him or her nuts?

Do you wake up feeling unrested and irritable?

These are two of the most common signs that you may have Sleep Apnea, a sleep disorder that, left untreated, can take its toll on both the body and mind. 

What Is Sleep Apnea?

Sleep Apnea is a life-threatening condition that occurs when your breathing stops for more than 10 seconds at a time while sleeping.

This is caused by the airway repeatedly becoming blocked, limiting the amount of air that reaches your lungs.

When this happens, you may snore loudly or making choking noises as you try to breathe.

When breathing stops, your brain and body become oxygen-deprived and your brain partially awakens to restore breathing.

This may happen hundreds of times per night, although you may not be aware of it. In fact, researchers estimate that up to 90% of sufferers aren’t aware that they have Sleep Apnea.
Left undiagnosed and untreated, this order can shorten a person's lifespan by as much as 18 years!

The lack of oxygen your body receives can have negative long term consequences for your health, including:

  • Snoring
  • Daytime sleepiness and, at times, unintentional sleep
  • Night-time restlessness, including include frequent awakenings and restless leg syndrome
  • Inability to concentrate
  • Chronic Headaches
  • Personality changes, including depression, apathy and moodiness
  • Loss of sex drive or effects on sexual performance
  • Weight Gain
  • Diabetes
  • Atrial Fibrillation (A-Fib)
  • High Blood Pressure
  • Stroke
  • Heart Attack
Many people do not prefer to go to the doctor unless something feels really wrong, allowing many of the “less severe” symptoms like snoring, sleepiness, unintentional sleep, restlessness, restless leg syndrome, inability to concentrate, headaches, changes in personality, changes in sex drive and weight gain to be ignored. 
Fortunately, this isn’t something that a trip to the dentist can’t fix!
In this day and age, dentists play a vital role in watching out for signs of potential health problems in their patients.

A properly trained dentist will be able to identify the dental symptoms of Sleep Apnea, including:

  • Worn down surface areas on teeth
  • Signs of clenching or grinding
  • Cracked Teeth
  • Broken Teeth
Dentists who specialize in Sleep Apnea can now offer sufferers of this disorder convenient and comfortable treatment options that make for a healthy, oxygenated, good night’s sleep.  
One example of treatment is Oral Appliance Therapy. With this method, a customized device, similar to a sports mouth guard or orthodontic retainer is administered to be worn while a patient sleeps.
This sort of treatment is effective in that it prevents the airway from collapsing by supporting the jaw in a forward position.

Dr. Jeffrey Neal, who runs his own practice known as Who Does Your Teeth? in Richmond’s West End, has studied Sleep Apnea treatment options extensively, and now partners directly with several sleep specialists to decide and customize the best treatment for each patient.

About Dr. Neal
Born in Portland, Maine, Dr. Jeffrey A. Neal moved at the age of one and was raised in Nokesville, Va. He excelled during his high school years and graduated valedictorian of his class. He went on to get his Bachelor of Science Degree in Chemistry from College of William and Mary in 1993. However, his passion for learning did not stop there, and he went on to study dentistry at the Medical College of Virginia School of Dentistry. During his time there, he was able to go to Israel to study and teach dentistry there. He regards this as one of the most rewarding and humbling experiences of his life.

Dr. Neal graduated in 1997, and he also received the Society of Dentistry for Children Award. While studying in MCV, he fell in love with the life and color of Richmond, VA, and decided to open his practice near there in
Henrico, Virginia. At present, Dr. Neal offers a wide range of dental services, including orthodontics, treatments for temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders and now sleep medicine. Devoted to continued learning, Dr. Neal strives to be the best he can be with all the current technology. Most years, Dr. Neal completes over 200 hours of continuing education courses for the superior treatment of his patients.

For more information, visit www.whodoesyourteeth.comCall (804) 447-1435 to learn more!

Who Does Your Teeth?
2215 Pump Road
Henrico, VA 23233