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11815 SW King James Pl #10
Tigard, OR 97224 Map
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Bridgeport: (503) 906-8600
18035 SW Lwr Boones Ferry Rd
Tigard, OR 97224 Map
Bull Mountain:
(503) 968-6101

11815 SW King James Pl #10
Tigard, OR 97224 Map
Bridgeport:
(503) 906-8600

18035 SW Lwr Boones Ferry Rd
Tigard, OR 97224 Map

Even Before a Positive Diagnosis, You Can Reduce Apnea's Symptoms


Posted on 9/27/2017 by Dr. Johnson
Sleep Apnea Total Health Dental OR 97224-2479
Has anyone ever mentioned that you sometimes stop breathing in your sleep? If so, you may suffer from sleep apnea. This is a condition where your body struggles to breathe at night for one of quite a few different reasons.

Normally what you have to do is go in and see your doctor, and they will send you for a sleep study.

However, that can take some time and doesn't always give you immediate results, since sleep apnea doesn't always happen each and every night. If you want to help with the symptoms until you get a for-sure diagnosis, you want to go and see your dentist.

How Your Dentist Can Help with Apnea Symptoms


When you speak with your dentist about sleep apnea, they will know what you are talking about. One of the more common reasons, some people struggle to breathe is because their jaw slides backwards when they lie on their back. This can block the airway's opening, and make it to where you simply cannot breathe.

Since you are asleep, your body takes longer to respond, leaving you without air for what can be a really long time. Instead of dealing with those symptoms, your dentist can fit you with a mouth guard. This holds your jaw forward, keeping it in place while you sleep. This keeps the airway more open, and allows you to continue to breathe more regularly during the night.

While you may not consider your dentist to be the go-to person for helping with a sleeping issue, it is best to call and ask for their help. On top of them being able to help get you fit for a mouth guard, they can also keep a better eye on your teeth, since the drier your teeth get at night, the more likely cavities are to form.

If you have any questions or would like to schedule an appointment, please call us at (503) 968-6101 today.

Time to schedule your next appointment?


Call our Bull Mountain location at (503) 968-6101, our Bridgeport location at (503) 906-8600, or use our easy online scheduling form to set up your next visit quickly. On behalf of every dentist and team member at Total Health Dental, we look forward to helping you brighten the world with your smile.


Dr. Joel Fast
Dr. Rod Johnson


Bull Mountain (503) 968-6101

11815 SW King James Pl. #10
Tigard, OR 97224



Dr. John Holland


Bridgeport (503) 906-8600

18035 SW Lower Boones Ferry Rd.
Tigard, OR 97224


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