Mild to moderate sleep apnea patients are among largest groups of patients that are not screened. However, dentists with advanced training in dental sleep medicine can be patients' first-line of defense against the potentially devastating cardiovascular, neurologic and interpersonal consequences of undiagnosed and untreated sleep-disordered breathing problems. In our office, we use a state-of-the-art pharyngometer/rhinometer to measure your airway volume, determine whether or not your airway collapses, and evaluate your nasal turbinates (small, bony structures covered by mucous membranes that protrude into the nasal airway and help to warm, humidify and cleanse air as it is inhaled and before it reaches the lungs). Enlarged turbinates and nasal congestion can contribute to headaches and sleep disorders such as snoring and obstructive sleep apnea, as the nasal airway is the normal breathing route during sleep. In addition to screening for sleep disorders, qualified dentists can provide dental sleep medicine therapies to patients that suffer from snoring, sleep apnea and other sleep-disordered breathing problems. These therapies can often enable sleep patients to find effective alternative or adjunct therapies to traditional treatments for sleep disorders, including CPAP or surgery. What can I do to give myself the best chance of getting good, restful sleep?In addition to making time for sleep, here are some sleep tips from the National Sleep Foundation (NSF) that may help you improve the quality of your sleep: Maintain a regular bed and wake time schedule including weekends. Establish a regular, relaxing bedtime routine such as soaking in a hot bath or hot tub and then reading a book or listening to music. Create a sleep-conducive environment that is dark, quiet, cool and comfortable. Sleep on your side, on a comfortable mattress and pillows. Use your bedroom only for sleep and sex, and take work materials, computers and televisions out of your sleeping environment. Finish eating at least 2-3 hours before your regular bedtime. Exercise regularly and complete your workout routine at least a few hours before bedtime. Avoid nicotine (e.g., cigarettes, tobacco products). Used close to bedtime, nicotine can lead to poor sleep. Avoid caffeine (e.g., coffee, tea, soft drinks, chocolate) close to bedtime. It can keep you awake. Avoid alcohol close to bedtime. It can lead to disrupted sleep later in the night.