My teeth could be keeping me awake at night in Edmonton?
Have you had trouble sleeping and feel like it’s been going on for too long? Does your partner tell you that you’re snoring up a storm, causing quite a ruckus, and keeping the both of you awake at night? If you never fall into a deep sleep or feel fully rested, you may have begun to wonder if you have sleep apnea.
Sleep apnea is a sleep disorder that is caused by a blocked airway. People who suffer from sleep apnea go through periods in which they stop breathing for up to a minute at a time. These incidents can occur hundreds of times in a night. Not only is this frightening, it is a condition that could have a major effect on your health. Sleep apnea can increase your risk of high blood pressure, stroke, and heart attack. Surprisingly, it could be due to a problem with your mouth.
You could have a TMJ disorder
Your sleep trouble could be due to a problem with your jaw. Whether there is an issue with your jaw alignment, such as a misaligned bite, or you simply have inflammation in your jaw joint, a jaw joint disorder could result in problems that extend beyond your mouth.
The temporomandibular joint is the hinge that connects your upper and lower jaw. When something is out of alignment, such as with a malocclusion, or when the jaw is strained, a TMJ disorder can result. Troubles with TMJ disorders can include pain in the jaw, migraine headaches, a sore neck and shoulder muscles. If your teeth are not in proper alignment, they can cause your tongue to block your airway while you sleep. When you snore or jerk awake, it is your body’s attempt to breathe freely.
There are many TMJ treatment options that could help you get back to healthy sleep. An Edmonton dentist can assist you in evaluating your mouth an determining the proper course of action.
If you would like to learn more about TMJ disorders and how they may be related to your sleep problems, please schedule a consultation.
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