Lack of sleep is an American way of life, and it’s far more harmful than many people realize. Poor sleep can result not only in reduced quality of life, but also in debilitating illness and even death. Chief among Americans’ sleep problems is obstructive sleep apnea, in which tissues relax enough to block the passage of air during sleep. Those who suffer with it may wake just slightly, hundreds of times in a night, therefore never reaching the deepest levels of sleep.
Dental sleep medicine is a rapidly growing field. More and more often, general dentists are undergoing special training and working in conjunction with neurologists and other specialists to improve lives through quality, restorative sleep.