Did you know your sleep apnea or snoring could have a dental cause?
If you are struggling with sleep apnea or snoring, you know how frustrating it can be. No matter how early you go to bed or how late you rise, you never feel completely rested. It is a game of catch up that you can never win, dragging you down with fatigue throughout the day, and putting your health at risk as well.
When you don’t get a good night’s rest on a regular basis and your body is deprived of the oxygen it needs, health and wellness issues like weight gain, heart problems or depression can result. You may be surprise to learn that a dental issue could be the cause of your sleep problem.
How a problem with your mouth can rob you of a good night’s rest
It may be hard to believe, but many problems related to sleeping can be connected to the mouth. If you have a TMJ disorder in which the temporomandibular joint is out of alignment, your jaw joint can be under strain, inflamed, or cause your bite to become unbalanced.
This can result in an obstruction of your airway at night while you are sleeping. When the jaw does not align properly, the tongue can fall back and hinder your breathing. As a result, you may snore or wake up periodically gasping for breath. Not only is it inconvenient, this problem interrupts your sleep and keeps your body from getting an adequate supply of oxygen in the night.
Fortunately, there are treatments to help you sleep well once again.
Sleep disorder treatment can help
The first step in tackling you sleep problem is to undergo a sleep evaluation or a sleep study. This is usually in initiated by a visit to your medical doctor. This is an important step because it’s critical to get an accurate diagnosis of your sleep problem. Without clear insight into what’s causing your sleep disorder, effective treatment could be harder to come by.
Once the cause of your sleep disorder has been determined, recommendations can be made for treatment. If your bite is the cause of the problem, a dentist can outfit you with a snoring device to help you stop snoring, or an oral appliance, know as a mandibular advancement device to address an obstruction of your airway.
What’s keeping you awake?
Jaw alignment and airway issues are complex and difficult to diagnose. If you would like to learn more about your sleep problems, take my free questionnaire.
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