Sleep Medicine Form
Bruxism is a habit of grinding or clenching the teeth. Dr Anthony can diagnose bruxism by looking for unusual wear spots on your teeth and assessing related symptoms. We work with many patients to manage bruxism by creating a custom-made protective night guard worn over your teeth while you sleep.
What Does Sleep Apnea Have To Do With Dentistry?
At the office of Leslie B. Anthony, DMD we care about more than just your teeth… we care about YOU!
Untreated Sleep Apnea can lead to a host of problems, including:
- Heartburn (Gastric Reflux “GERD”)
- Increased chance of Motor Vehicle Accidents
- Increased chance of Stroke or Heart Attack
- Poor Memory
- Poor Work Performance
- Weight Gain
- In children, ADHD and bedwetting
Clenching and grinding of the teeth, or “bruxism”, may also be connected to Sleep Apnea. We believe that many people will clench or grind their teeth while sleeping in order to try to protect their airway so they can breathe! This clenching and grinding may cause severe damage to the teeth, dental fillings and crowns, or result in TMJ problems and headaches. This clenching and grinding occurs in adults and children and is NOT normal.
Oral Sleep Appliances for Sleep Apnea
We work with respected national labs to fabricate custom fitting appliances which help our patients get a better night’s sleep.
Example of the Oral Appliance used to treat Obstructive Sleep Apnea.
Call us to set up a consultation to discuss your sleep concerns. We would love to help you get a better night’s sleep. We work with most medical insurance companies to maximize your benefits if you qualify for a Sleep Appliance. Once your consultation is scheduled you can fill in this paperwork and bring it with you to our office.