Sleep apnea is a sleeping disorder where a sufferer experiences times of non-breathing while they sleep. As scary as it sounds to stop breathing at night, the real effects of sleep apnea present themselves in the morning.
Sleep apnea sufferers often wake up in the morning feeling unrested and groggy. This feeling carries over into the daytime and sleep apnea suffers deal with fatigue throughout the day.
Fortunately, we can offer solutions to sleep apnea. We understand the difficulty of waking up and feeling tired in the morning, even though you went to bed at a reasonable hour. That's why we are here to help you with your dental related sleep apnea.
How We Can Help
There are two types of sleep apnea: obstructive and central. We are specialized in helping our clients deal with obstructive sleep apnea. Obstructive sleep apnea is caused by a blockage of your airway while sleeping. Sometimes this is caused by snoring, but in the case of dentistry, it is often caused by nocturnal bruxism. Nocturnal bruxism is the medical name for nighttime teeth grinding. When you grind your teeth at night, this obstructs the airway and forces you to stop breathing.
The best solution for nighttime teeth grinding is to implement a mouth guard. Mouth guards help in two ways. First, they protect your teeth from damage while grinding. Grinding your teeth puts a lot of pressure on your teeth and over time can wear them down.
The second purpose of a mouth guard is to unblock your airway. It may seem a little counterintuitive to put something in your mouth so that you can breathe better, but when you grind, your brain tells your body to wake up because it thinks there is something in your mouth. When you have a mouth guard this doesn't happen though. Call our office if you think we can help you with your sleep apnea.
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