Your Dentist In Longmont Wants To Help You Understand How Your Mouth Affects Your Sleep

It’s true that your oral health offers many insights into your overall health, but here’s a little-known fact: The shape of your jaw and uvula, as well as your tongue size and the height of your palate, can offer your dentist a more in-depth look at how you’re breathing – and sleeping. At Dental Horizons, your dentist in Longmont, we welcome the opportunity to help you determine if physiological factors are impacting your sleep.

In addition to performing an examination of your teeth, gum tissue, cheeks and tongue, during each visit to our office, our caring and supportive team will look for a host of signs that may point and contribute to breathing and sleeping issues. Among them: An anatomically restricted airway, a large tongue or mouth, an elongated uvula, a tongue tie, small windpipes, or a significantly vaulted palate.

Our team will also assess your breathing style, which can greatly impact sleeping habits.

Mouth breathing is known to be a large factor in sleep disordered breathing, and is often linked with sleep apnea, a disorder in which people experience involuntary pauses in breathing for up to 30 seconds at a time. It’s common for those who habitually breathe through their mouth to experience dry mouth, a condition in which persistent bad breath, tooth decay, and periodontal disease may develop due to a decreased production of teeth- and gum-cleaning saliva.

Curious about whether any of these issues apply to you? As your dentist in Longmont, we can assess your mouth and breathing style, and if necessary, create an overnight dental appliance that will remodel your jaw and increase your airway. In certain circumstances, we may also refer you to a physician for an in-depth sleep study to help you get the rest you need.

Don’t risk your sleep – or your teeth! Contact our friendly team today.

Yours in excellent dental health,
Dr. Andrew Kelson, Dentist in Longmont