Sleep Dentistry Specialist

Michael  Kim, DDS -  - Cosmetic, Family and General Dentistry

Michael Kim, DDS

Cosmetic, Family and General Dentistry located in Mequon, WI

If you suffer from grinding your teeth at night or obstructive sleep apnea, a dental solution may be for you. Michael Kim, DDS, helps patients in Mequon, Wisconsin, overcome sleep disorders with specialized oral devices. Call the office, or schedule a consultation using the online tool to find out how Dr. Kim can help you.

Sleep Dentistry Q & A

What sleep issues can be addressed with a dental solution?

A number of sleep issues that interrupt the quality of your slumber can be solved with a simple dental device. These include:

  • Teeth grinding
  • Excessive snoring
  • Sleep apnea

Dr. Kim examines your mouth and teeth to determine if a dental mouthguard is the right approach to your sleep issue. He works in conjunction with your primary care doctor, too, to resolve your issues.

How does a device help with sleep apnea?

Sleep apnea is a serious condition in which you stop breathing for 10 seconds or longer at a time during your sleep. Obstructive sleep apnea occurs when the muscles at the back of your throat relax so much that it closes off your airway, essentially preventing oxygen from reaching your brain. Sensing this loss of oxygen, your brain awakens you. As a result, you usually snore, awaken intermittently during the night, and feel tired and groggy during the day.

A night guard helps keep your airway open so you don’t experience the episodes of awakening. It can also prevent excessive snoring that may disturb your partner’s slumber. A night guard is a simpler, more portable option as compared to a CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) device, which is bulky, loud, and uncomfortable.

Why should I wear a night guard for teeth grinding?

You may grind your teeth due to stress or habit. Bruxism, or teeth grinding, is considered a sleep-related movement disorder that can cause serious damage to your bite. Untreated, bruxism can lead to:

  • Tooth damage – particularly to restorations and crowns
  • Jaw damage
  • Tension headaches
  • Severe facial or jaw pain
  • TMJ (temporomandibular joint) disorders

A night guard protects the surface of your teeth from grinding or clenching at night. It might also discourage the habit altogether. Dr. Kim customizes the fit of a nightguard so it’s comfortable to wear as you sleep. Mouthguards are constructed of hard acrylic or soft materials to fit over your upper and/or lower teeth.

To learn how you can resolve sleep disorders with a simple dental solution, call the office, or book an appointment using the online tool.