Sleep breathing and oral disorders are common and can affect your health and smile. Sleep apnea, snoring and teeth grinding can all occur when you are fast asleep. These nocturnal conditions can lead to oral and overall health issues if not treated. At Columbine Creek Dentistry, we have effective sleep apnea treatments that can help with sleep apnea, snoring and teeth grinding.
Sleep apnea affects many adults, causing them to stop breathing while they are asleep. The most common type or cause of sleep apnea is obstruction. When sleeping, tissue can shift to block the airway at the top of the throat. This can lead to short periods of obstruction that inhibits breathing. Sufferers often gasp or snore loudly due to this condition. This disruption in the breathing can leave the person feeling tired and un-rested even after many hours of sleep. Their partner may also be losing sleep due to the noise of snoring and gasping throughout the night.
Teeth grinding is another nocturnal issue. Clenching the jaw or grinding the teeth during sleep can cause serious damage to the teeth. It can also cause jaw pain and may lead to issues like TMJ/TMD.
A solution to sleep apnea, snoring and teeth grinding is wearing a customized oral appliance during sleep. At Columbine Creek Dentistry, Dr. Kantor & Dr. Kim can create a customized night guard that adjusts the jaw and protects the teeth. This can stop the obstruction that is common with sleep apnea and snoring; it also protects the teeth from damage caused by clenching or grinding.