Dental Consequences of Untreated Sleep Apnea
Even though many people know about the dangers of sleep apnea to the heart and cardiovascular system, most are unaware that there is also a strong link between dental health and sleep apnea. Sleep apnea can cause you to grind your teeth while asleep. Known as bruxism, this condition used to be attributed to stress, but it is now known that sleep apnea is the major cause. Bruxism can cause severe damage to your teeth and tooth pain throughout the day.
Issues Arising from Bruxism
The problems from nocturnal teeth grinding don’t end there. If the condition is severe and goes untreated long enough, it can lead to problems with the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) of the jaw. Surgical correction may be required for major dysfunctions of the TMJ.
Find a Fix
Sleep apnea is obviously a problem you can’t afford to ignore, but many people can’t tolerate a CPAP mask, which can be uncomfortable and oppressive. Fortunately, at Serenity Dental we offer custom dental appliances to prevent sleep apnea. A dental appliance is made especially for you and is much more comfortable and portable than a CPAP. Our team of professionals will work in concert with your physician or sleep medicine specialist to find an effective solution to your sleep apnea issues.
If you or your partner notices that you stop breathing during sleep, gasp for air, snore, or you’re just not getting a restful night’s sleep, take action! It’s your health at risk and there can be serious consequences from ignoring sleep apnea. Come see us at Serenity Dentaland sleep soundly.