Sleep Dentistry

Melanie L. Throne, DDS, PA -  - General Family Dentist

Melanie L. Throne, DDS, PA

General Family Dentist located in Fort Worth, Texas

Over 50 million Americans have a sleep disorder, and over 70% of children diagnosed with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) have an underlying and undiagnosed breathing and airway issue instead of ADHD. Sleep dentistry from Melanie L. Throne, DDS, PA, helps patients of all ages in the Fort Worth, Texas, area get a good night’s sleep. If you or your child is having trouble sleeping, call the practice or book an appointment online for a sleep dentistry evaluation.

Sleep Dentistry Q & A

What is sleep dentistry?

Sleep dentistry is an area of dental medicine that treats sleep disorders such as obstructive sleep apnea and snoring. 

Dr. Throne works together with a team of over 40 professionals located across North Texas to assist patients with comprehensive sleep dentistry, including the assessment and treatment of the various causes of disordered breathing. 

The team consists of doctors, sleep specialists, myofunctional therapists, speech pathologists, chiropractors, medical massage therapists, craniosacral therapists, ENTs, and mental health personnel who work together to identify the best treatment for each patient.

What is obstructive sleep apnea?

The most common form of sleep apnea, obstructive sleep apnea, is the result of collapsed tissues in the back of the throat that block your airway and reduce the amount of oxygen your body receives. 

The reduced oxygen causes sleep disturbances, causing you to wake up repeatedly throughout the night, snore, and experience daytime sleepiness.

People of any age can have obstructive sleep apnea, but your risk increases with age and obesity. 

How is obstructive sleep apnea treated?

You can try treating obstructive sleep apnea on your own by losing weight, decreasing alcohol consumption, and sleeping on your side instead of your back. 

If these methods aren’t successful, visit Dr. Throne for an in-depth sleep dentistry evaluation. Her approach strives to find a resolution to the problem, which often stems from inadequate skeletal growth of the face and jaws from early in life.

Possible treatments may include:

  • Tonsillectomy surgery
  • Oral Myofunctional Therapy
  • Adenoid removal surgery
  • Oral appliance therapy

What is oral appliance therapy?

Oral appliance therapy is a common treatment for snoring and obstructive sleep apnea. The appliance is custom-fit by Dr. Throne and is similar to a sports mouthguard. 

The device is worn when sleeping to support the jaw in a forward position and prevents the airway from collapsing. 

The providers at Melanie L. Throne, DDS, PA, go above and beyond the common oral appliance therapy in combination with their team of specialists to ensure an appropriate treatment is selected for each patient.

What is the connection between ADHD and sleep disorders?

Over 70% of children diagnosed with ADHD could actually have an undiagnosed breathing and airway issue. Because of this, they still can’t breathe properly after receiving medication for ADHD and experience sleep disorders and medication side effects. 

Dr. Throne is committed to helping bring awareness and treatment of sleep disorders to ADHD patients and their parents. 

If your child was diagnosed with ADHD and has daytime sleepiness, snoring, or wakes repeatedly during the night, call  Melanie L. Throne, DDS, PA, or use the online booking tool to schedule an appointment for a sleep dentistry evaluation.

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