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How a Dentist Can Improve Your Sleep Marietta, GA

How a Dentist Can Improve Your Sleep

Sleep Apnea

While we often think of the dentist as someone who helps our smile during the day, there are times in which the teeth and jaw need some nighttime attention too. Nighttime oral habits that can be addressed by a dentist include teeth grinding, snoring and sleep apnea. While these conditions range in severity, they can all produce daytime symptoms that compromise your oral health and body health. Sleep apnea is the most serious.

You may think it is odd for a dentist to treat sleep apnea. It is not uncommon to assume that a CPAP machine is the only option to treat sleep apnea. However, not all cases of sleep apnea warrant a CPAP, and many patients are unable to tolerate this bulky machine while trying to sleep. This is when dental sleep medicine can help.

What is Sleep Apnea?

Sleep Apnea is a condition that affects millions of people. It is a serious sleep disorder that is distinguished by repeated actions of stopping and starting to breathe during sleep. According to, “It is estimated that 22 million Americans suffer from sleep apnea, with 80 percent of the cases of moderate and severe obstructive sleep apnea undiagnosed.”

When the airway becomes blocked, the body does not receive the oxygen it needs. In result, the brain signals the body to correct this. This can involve shifting the jaw to open up the airway, which often leads to teeth grinding and snoring. Ultimately, the body is jolted awake as the patient gasps for air. This can occur hundreds of times per night.

Untreated sleep apnea doesn’t just compromise you and your partner’s quality of sleep. It can have some detrimental effects on your overall health over time. In fact, high blood pressure, stroke and diabetes are all associated with untreated sleep apnea.

Oral Appliance Therapy for Sleep Apnea

If you’ve discovered that a CPAP machine is not an ideal solution for your sleep apnea, we invite you to consider oral appliance therapy from Dr. Gilreath in Marietta. A simple yet highly customized mouthpiece can adjust the jaw enough to keep it open throughout the night and eliminate or greatly reduce your sleep apnea episodes. Call us today to learn more about sleep apnea treatment from a certified dental provider.

Posted on behalf of Dr. Paul Gilreath IV, Gilreath Family Dentistry

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Dr. Gilreath is incredible with my kids. They love going to the dentist now! And this busy mom loves the warm neck wraps, the soft music and enjoying a latte while I relax!

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Was lucky enough to find these guys when I got insurance that my old dentist did not take. Very professional and friendly staff! Office has the latest greatest technology as well. If you're looking for a new dentist, search no further!

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Dr. Gilreath and his staff are top notch. I received the best cleaning I've ever had while watching my favorite show. The Doctor and his staff were all very polite, friendly, and courteous. They explained everything to me clearly and presented me with options in a gentle way that didn't make me feel pressured at all. It's obvious they really care about the wellbeing of their patients. The facility and equipment is really nice as well. I will definitely be back!

Juan R.

Always willing to work around my kids and my schedules. Today I had a long appointment. They started on time and always made sure I was comfortable and that the pain was managed so the procedure could’ve been completed without issues. Very courteous and professional staff.

Lucia B.

Awesome dental practice! The staff is friendly and efficient. Dr. Gilreath is thorough and versed in the latest technology and procedures. I love that he can make crowns in the office while you wait (so no walking around with a temporary crown for days or weeks). I would strongly recommend this dental practice!

Matthew W.

I've been going here for about a little over a year now. I've had a few cleanings, a filling, and started Invisiline so far. Hands down, the best run dental office I've ever been to. In the past at other dental offices I often had to wait 30 or more minutes beyond my appointment time before being seen. At Dr. Gilreath's office I've been seen on time every time. They seem to have systems in place to make every part of your visit run smoothly. From how they took x-rays, to billing and appointments, to the work done by the hygienist/dentist, everything seems to run like a well oiled machine. On top of that all the staff are all friendly, helpful and knowledgeable. The office space itself is also quite nice. Very clean, well maintained, and seems very "up to date" with their equipment. If you're looking for a dentist and are anywhere in the northwest metro area I would highly recommend Dr. Gilreath.

Jhion R.

The staff is always so courteous and personable. They make us feel like family every time we have an appointment. Service is excellent, too. My wife recently went for a cleaning and Dr. Gilreath noticed a chip in one of her fillings. He knew we recently had another baby and that her time was very limited so he went ahead and did the filling right then and there, an extra thirty minutes tops. Dr. Gilreath is always looking at the big picture and really knows his stuff. We will never go anywhere else

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