When you think about oral health, you probably think about teeth cleanings, cavity prevention, and the importance of a bright, confident smile. However, your oral health impacts your overall health, and highly trained dental professionals provide a bridge between the two areas.
At Prestige 5th Avenue Dental, our scope extends beyond traditional dentistry boundaries. One of the most important yet overlooked aspects of oral health is sleep medicine, a subspecialty gaining recognition for its significant role in overall health.
Here, Dr. Yelena Simkha explains the connection between oral health, sleep quality, and overall health and how we can address problems with sleep medicine.
Sleep problems are complex and involve multiple issues throughout your body, including neurological disorders, mental health disorders, and physical injuries. While some sleep disorders call for physicians who specialize in these areas, others fall into the realm of oral health issues, where dentists excel.
Dr. Simkha has extensive training in the structures and functions of the oral cavity, which plays a crucial role in many sleep disorders. For instance, obstructive sleep apnea — a common and serious sleep disorder — is often caused by blockages in the airway, many of which occur at the level of the throat and mouth. Dr. Simkha’s intimate knowledge of these areas enables her to detect potential problems others might overlook.
Once settled, you wear a small device while you sleep, which records essential data about your sleep patterns. We then analyze this data to identify any irregularities and potential issues. When we have a clear picture of your sleep health, we work with you to develop a treatment plan tailored to your specific needs.
If you’re experiencing any of the following symptoms, you may be eligible for sleep medicine:
These symptoms may seem common, but they can indicate a deeper issue that needs attention.
Sleep interruptions do more than leave you feeling groggy. They can affect your mental, physical, and oral health. Poor sleep can lead to mood swings, memory issues, weakened immunity, and an increased risk of chronic conditions like heart disease and diabetes. It can also exacerbate oral health issues, leading to bruxism (teeth grinding) and dry mouth.
If you're experiencing any of these symptoms, call Prestige 5th Avenue Dental to schedule an appointment with Dr. Sumkha. With the correct diagnosis and treatment, you can improve your sleep quality and, by extension, your overall health and well-being. You can book online or call us in New York, New York.