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Is Your Smile Sleep Deprived? Elk Grove, CA
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Is Your Smile Sleep Deprived?

While few of us get enough of it, everyone needs it. Sleep is critical to your body’s everyday function. When we sacrifice hours of sleep to finish a job, prepare for an upcoming test or catch up on our favorite TV shows, our bodies will suffer. In fact, not getting enough sleep can impact nearly every part of your body, from your mind and metabolism to your immune system and oral health!

Did you realize that your sleep deprivation could compromise your smile health? Here’s how:


How likely are dark circles under your eyes to co-exist with gum disease? A study conducted by The Osaka University Graduate School of Medicine found that individuals who got less than seven hours of sleep per night were at a much higher risk for periodontitis and inflamed gums. When the body is run down and depleted in sleep, it produces more inflammatory hormones. This inflammation can present itself within the gums. Untreated gum inflammation can lead to worsening stages of gum disease and even tooth loss.

Sleep Apnea

If sleep apnea (frequent episodes of waking up gasping for air) is what is causing your sleep deprivation, your dentist can offer help. Snoring and sleep apnea episodes that disrupt the quality of your sleep can be corrected using special oral appliances that reposition the jaw for better breathing. Dental sleep apnea treatments are often much more tolerable than CPAP machines!

TMJ Flare-Ups

Several studies confirm that sleep deprivation can make pain worse. Our brains tend to register stronger pain signals when the body is not fully rested. If you suffer from TMJ pain, this can aggravate your condition and even make it more difficult to sleep when you have the chance. In addition, people tend to clench and grind their teeth more when they are stressed. It’s no surprise that stress and sleep deprivation often go hand in hand.

Are you getting enough sleep? Be honest. Your body and smile will show its appreciation for making sleep a priority. If you are ready to improve your oral health, we can help you at Laguna West Dental.

Posted on behalf of Laguna West Dental Care in Elk Grove

9098 Laguna Main St Ste 8
Elk Grove, CA 95758

Phone: (916) 683-7300

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Suzanne B.

As I was walking to my car after my appointment I thought, I sure am happy I come here. I get warm friendly service and gentle, thorough care throughout my visit. Dr. Chan and his staff are the best.

Jennifer B.

We've been so very happy with Dr. You and his staff since we moved to Sacramento in 1985! We've followed him to the current location in Laguna...he and his staff take such good care of all our dental needs. I have no hesitation in recommending their services!

Stephanie O.

In my 65 years on the planet, and hundreds of hours in former dentists' offices, Dr. You and his staff are by far the best I've ever encountered. My very recent crown replacement was 100 percent pain free! All phases of treatment, from removal of the old crown, mold taking and making, to the permanent placement with my brand new well-matched molar, was seamless. I respect and applaud Laguna West Dental Care for taking such talented care of me.

Janet S.

Since retiring, I drive and hour and a half each way to continue to see Dr. You and his entire staff ... and I hate to drive. No better dentist and hygenists in Sacramento and I have tried others over the years. Thank you for a great experience each and every time Laguna West!

Norman H.

In my 50+ years, I've probably had 7 to 8 dentists and have had my share of bad experiences that made me fearful of going to the dentist. But, after switching to Dr. Chan in 1991, I really couldn't be happier and don't dread dental appointments anymore. Dr. Chan is gentle and exceptionally good at giving shots that I can barely feel. He even calls me in the evening after every procedure to make sure I'm doing okay. The staff is friendly and caring and the facilities are nice. Highly recommended.

Carol D.

We've been patients of Dr. You and Dr. Chan since my son was in kindergarten - now a County employee. Everyone on the staff is great. I had one bad experience with a dentist referred by my insurance co. - I'd NEVER see a dentist again without a personal referral. Consider this mine to you -- Laguna West is an excellent choice!