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Snoring & Sleep Apnea

Snoring & Sleep Apnea

This may surprise some but sleeping should be a silent activity. Snoring is not normal. You should breathe as effortlessly while you sleep as you do when you are awake. So if you suspect that you may suffer from sleep apnea, make an appointment with Dr. Schmieder and allow him to evaluate your airway. If Dr. Schmieder determines that you may have sleep apnea, he will refer you to a reputable sleep lab. Our Jefferson County office can custom fit an easy-to-wear and FDA approved sleep apnea treatment device that will reposition the tongue and jaw, open the airway and alleviate symptoms allowing the patient to experience a real restful night of sleep.Children can also suffer from sleep apnea. Snoring, long pauses in breathing, tossing and turning in bed, mouth breathing while sleeping and night sweats are all possible signs of sleep apnea. One to four percent of all children suffer from sleep apnea and most are between the ages of 2 and 8 years old. Have your child evaluated by Scenic Drive Dental if you suspect that your child may have sleep apnea. Fragmented sleep in children can be harmful in so many ways. Night Guards Mouth guards can be used by children and adults, who play contact sports. However, even those participating in noncontact sports and any recreational activity (for example, skateboarding, mountain biking) that poses a risk of injury to the mouth would benefit from wearing a protective mouth guard. St. Louis Children’s Hospital recommends mouth guards be worn during the following sports:

  • Football
  • Basketball
  • Soccer
  • Rugby
  • Wrestling
  • Baseball
  • Softball
  • Lacrosse
  • Field hockey
  • Martial arts
  • Boxing

Adults and children who grind their teeth at night should consider a nocturnal bite plate or bite splint made to prevent tooth damage. Scenic Drive Dental can provide patients with a custom-fitted mouth protector. We will first make an impression of your teeth and a mouth guard is then molded over the model using a special material. Dr. Schmieder’s friendly staff will work with patients to development an agreeable payment option for a custom mouth guard.


More than 15 percent of American adults suffer from some kind of chronic facial pain, such as headaches, earaches or jaw pain. Tempro-Mandibular Joint Dysfunction Syndrome (TMJD) could be the source for these aches and pains. Symptoms can be severe headaches (often misdiagnosed as migraine or sinus headaches), jaw pain, grinding teeth and intermittent ringing in the ears. Most TMJD sufferers are not aware that these health issues can be effectively treated by their dentist.

TMJD is most commonly caused by the misalignment of the teeth. Many times Dr. Schmieder can realign the teeth without the need for any invasive or expensive treatments. TMJ left untreated can be one of the most prevalent reasons for worn jawbones and loose teeth.It is important for anyone experiencing these symptoms to contact Scenic Drive Dental so that Dr.Schmieder can diagnose and treat your bite.