Sleep Apnea And Its Connection To Your Oral Health

Sleep Apnea And Its Connection To Your Oral Health

December 2, 2019

Sleep Apnea
Do you wake up from a full night’s sleep feeling restless or groggy? If so, you might be suffering from Sleep Apnea. Thanks to advancements in dentistry your dentist has the technology and the tools to diagnose you and if needed to relieve you of your sleep apnea. In order to better understand how your dentist can assist you with your sleep apnea it’s important to gain a better overview
of what sleep apnea disorder entails.

What Does Sleep Apnea Entail?
Sleep Apnea happens when your breathing stops and starts throughout the night. The periods when the person stops breathing can be very damaging for a person. Also, sleep apnea overtime doesn’t allow a person to get a full night’s rest and makes them irritable.

Common Symptoms of Sleep Apnea?
While there are many symptoms of Sleep Apnea the most common symptom is loud snoring. Although, not everyone who snores has sleep apnea one of the determining factors is if the snoring is loud enough to wake up someone sleeping in the same room with the snoring person. Also, if the snoring is a reoccurring thing that happens on a nightly basis then the person may be suffering from sleep apnea. In addition, another symptom is if in addition to the snoring the person seems to be making a choking or gasping for air sound. It is also common for a person with sleep apnea to awake tired.

How Can a Dentist Relieve You Of Sleep Apnea?
If you are suffering from sleep apnea you will have a tendency to breathe more through your mouth. In the long run this will cause you to have dry mouth, and this will create an environment in your mouth where bacteria can grow more prevalent. In addition, if you breathe through your mouth you may be more likely to grind on your teeth or to chew on the inside of your mouth during your sleep. Your dentist can conduct an exam to see if you have sleep apnea and if so they can supply you with treatment for example a customized mouth guard.

Make Your Appointment
If you are suffering from sleep apnea and would like to relieve yourself of your sleep apnea then it would be best if you scheduled an appointment with your local dentist. Maintaining oral health is essential for the continuing health of your body as a whole.

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