Sleeping is relished by all of us and is important to our overall health. When sleep is disrupted due to sleep apnea, or interrupted breathing, it can cause a slew of health problems and potentially affect your oral health. Common side effects of this condition include risk factors such as high blood pressure and stroke. When it comes to oral health, there have also been some concerns, putting your oral health at risk.
Can sleep apnea cause dental problems?
Characterized by disrupted breathing, sleep apnea increases the risk of worn or damaged teeth as well as the development of cavities. It can even be the cause of chronic pain typically experienced in the jaw.
Due to the fight brought on by airway restriction, it is not uncommon for sufferers of this condition to grind their teeth or clench their jaw which can result in damage. Grinding can erode or wear out your enamel promoting increased sensitivity and even causing surface areas to crack or break.
When clenching becomes a habit one can awake with exhaustion and even pain in the larger muscles such as the jawline. Left untreated this pain can become chronic and begin affecting your quality of life.
Cavities can also become an issue if on the opposite side, lay in bed with your mouth open as opposed to clenched shut. Breathing through the mouth while you are at rest can dry out saliva and result in rapid tooth decay.
Can my dentist treat this complication?
A dentist can help identify the problem and are usually the first ones to notice. They will help keep your oral health in check as well as discuss treatment options with you. This may include recommending you for a study or prescribing CPAP therapy. This will enable you to overcome the airway restriction that may be causing your oral problems.
Do I need a prescription to get a CPAP?
Yes, you do, it is a class two device and cannot be legally distributed without it. If used incorrectly you can face negative effects such as skin irritation and pressure sores. Always use these products under the direction and supervision of qualified health care professionals.
Are there options I can use at home to alleviate these symptoms?
A mouth guard is a great option as it will not only protect your enamel, but it can also reduce snoring and address any air restriction challenges you may have. As is customary, discussing this with your dentist or doctor before implementing is always the best option.
Whether your sleep apnea is mild, moderate or severe, you can get the treatment you need to ensure optimal oral health and benefit your overall well-being.
Keeping your oral health in check can help your overall health and well-being. Dr. Sedki is an experienced dentist in all facets of dentistry and can detect sleeping problems with a simple dental check-up. As a full-service family dental clinic in Commerce Twp MI, Sedki Dentistry is the place to visit for all of your dental health concerns. Whether it’s to brighten your smile, restore your teeth or address gum recession, Dr. Sedki provides the highest level of dental care possible. Call to schedule a Free Dental Consultation and to learn more about our dental services!