Posted on 3/15/2020 by Progressive Oral Surgery
|The rate of people with sleep apnea has increased over the years. While people generally associate sleep apnea with poor health, oral health complications can also cause it.
When thinking about dealing with your sleep apnea, it may be a good idea to consider us as an option. There are plenty of options that we offer that can help people with their sleep apnea.
A whole host of different oral complications can cause sleep apnea to occur. One of the most common, however, is a disorder known as bruxism. Bruxism is when a person habitually grinds their teeth. Teeth grinding can occur either during the day or at night. Teeth grinding at night is called nocturnal bruxism. Nocturnal bruxism can be a cause of sleep apnea.
Are There Ways to Treat Nocturnal Bruxism?When a person grinds their teeth at night, it causes two problems. The first is that is puts unnecessary stress on the teeth. In some cases, this can even cause the teeth to crack or chip. The second problem nocturnal bruxism causes is a restricted airway. A restricted airway causes sleep apnea, which causes for an unrestful night.
There are a few different ways to solve nocturnal bruxism. Most people benefit from a nighttime mouth guard. A mouth guard can protect your teeth and keep your airway unobstructed. It's possible to purchase over-the-counter mouth guards, however, they could cause more problems than they fix. Most of these mouth guards are a one-size-fits-all and may not help your nocturnal bruxism because they fit improperly.
To truly get the benefit of a nighttime mouth guard and solve your sleep apnea, a custom fitted guard is the best option. Fortunately, we can help you with that. We have made many custom fitted guards and our patients report more restful nights. If you think you could benefit from a mouth guard, please give us a call.
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