The Nightly Grind
Pause a minute and take stock of how you feel in the morning: Do you feel rested? Refreshed? Are you ready to roll out of bed and tackle whatever comes your way?
No? Try taking stock with these questions: Do you have a headache when you wake up? Is your jaw tight or hurting? Does your mouth feel dried out? Do your teeth feel sensitive or sore?
If you relate more to this second set of questions than the first, something is going wrong with your sleep. Bruxism may be playing a part.
Compromising Dental Health While Keeping You Alive
For many people, bruxism, or grinding, is a symptom of a larger, more serious health problem: Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA.) Patients who suffer with OSA stop breathing overnight. Their airway becomes closed, obstructed by the position of the jaw. The brain, in an attempt to re-open the airway, sends signals to the jaw to clench and grind the teeth, repositioning the heavy joint and allowing air to flow freely once more. But people with severe cases may actually continue to grind their teeth all night long!
Unfortunately, though grinding re-opens the airway, it also damages the teeth. Enamel wears off. Restorations break. The bite becomes uneven and possibly painful. Grinding is ruining your teeth.
Help for Sleeping and For Grinding
Encino Dental Studio can help with both problems. Once you’ve visited a sleep doctor and had a sleep study done, Dr. Jamsheed can create an oral sleep appliance for you to help correct your sleep apnea. The device may be worn alone, or used in conjunction with a CPAP to keep your airway open all night. Dental wear can be corrected, too!
Contact our Encino dental sleep medicine provider today and find out how our experienced team can help you!