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Resolve to Get Better Sleep in 2020–Visit Your Dentist!

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Resolve to Get Better Sleep in 2020–Visit Your Dentist!

Getting better sleep in 2020 may be difficult if you suffer from Sleep Apnea. A visit to Dr. Berry may be just what you need to get your Z’s back! Dr. Berry has been trained in treating obstructive sleep apnea. One possible treatment for mild to moderate OSA is a custom-made oral appliance. This oral appliance fits in your mouth and is only worn while you sleep. It works by preventing obstructions in your airway throughout the night, allowing you to breathe continuously.

 

Obstructive Sleep Apnea: What Is It?

Did you know that snoring at night can be a sign of a common, yet dangerous condition called obstructive sleep apnea? Although people can snore for many reasons, loud or continuous snoring is often a sign of OSA. This is a condition where the airway is cut off in the night, either by the tongue resting back too far in the mouth for proper airflow, or the throat constricting. In either case, a person stops breathing for a few seconds, and even up to a minute at a time during the night. More than 18 million adults suffering from OSA each year.

 

Sleep apnea is a sleep disorder that is characterized by numerous interruptions or pauses in breathing during sleep. Those who have sleep apnea complain most about fatigue from fragmented sleep, but others suffer from extreme snoring, as well. The most common form of sleep apnea, named obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), is caused by obstructions in the airway when the throat relaxes and can lead to hundreds of interruptions to breathing each night.

 

That lack of oxygen to the brain can cause serious damage to brain cells and tissues all over the body that are deprived of oxygen. If left untreated, sleep apnea can increase your risk of developing several severe health issues, including:

  • High blood pressure. Little sleep puts stress on the body, which boosts blood pressure and puts your hormones in overdrive.
  • Heart disease, stroke, and atrial fibrillation. This is due to too little oxygen intake, which affects blood flow to the brain and heart.
  • Type 2 diabetes. Insulin production is hindered by a lack of sleep and oxygen to the brain.
  • Car accidents. This is due to daytime drowsiness caused by a lack of actual sleep. You’re 5x more likely to be involved in a crash if you have sleep apnea.

 

Options for Better Sleep

Every adult should get 7-9 hours of sleep a night. Teens, children, and especially infants need more. That’s not possible with OSA. That is why you have several dental options for stopping your sleep apnea:

  • A CPAP machine. A CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure Device) uses a mask that fits over the nose and mouth to blow air into the airway to help keep it open while you sleep. CPAPs are highly effective, and if it is prescribed to you by your doctor, it is very important for your health.
  • A custom-made oral appliance. This prevents obstructions in your airway throughout the night. Similar to a mouth guard, these oral appliances are fit to your mouth and teeth, and should only be worn at night. Less common procedures to treat sleep apnea include dental appliances that reposition the lower jaw and tongue and upper airway surgery to remove any tissue in the nasal cavity.

 

If You Have Bruxism

Sleeping poorly at night may be dental-related, but may not be sleep apnea. Bruxism is a common dental cause of lost sleep at night, or dental issues that stem from what you do in your sleep. Have you ever heard someone grind their teeth at night? It sounds like loudly hitting your teeth together. That grinding or clenching of the teeth is called “bruxism”, and it can cause you health symptoms throughout your day, seemingly for no reason.

 

About 10% of the population of the U.S. grinds or clenches their teeth at night. Some may even do it during naps or daydreaming. It goes unnoticed in millions of Americans, but the signs of bruxism are evident to a dentist if you go into a dental exam appointment. Often, the teeth will start to wear down and become more smooth if a person has bruxism, which is how a dentist can tell. This is due to the force of clenching the teeth hardly together at night or grinding them around as an unconscious outlet for stress.

 

The American Sleep Association reports that stress and anxiety are the two major causes of bruxism, but its occurrence can increase if caffeine or nicotine is consumed before sleeping. About 15% of children have bruxism, meaning that their teeth can be damaged at an early age because of it. Some patients will grind or clench their teeth so hard that it causes tooth erosion, weakening, cracked and/or broken teeth. Others experience fatigue, facial pain, lack of concentration, irritability, and more. Bruxism can sometimes occur during the day, but our patients will notice it and stop clenching or grinding when it happens. Getting fit for a custom-made appliance can help stop the bruxism and save your teeth for years to come.

 

Your Custom Device

The benefits of a good night of rest are endless. Having the ability to rest properly will equip you with the energy, clear mind, and rejuvenated body you need to accomplish your goals. We can help you do that by providing you with your custom device if the sleep issue stems from obstructive sleep apnea, bruxism, TMJ, or other dental-related condition.

 

Millions of Americans sustain injuries during physical activity or from bruxism. Many more can sustain damage to their brain and body with obstructive sleep apnea. That doesn’t have to be you! Come in to Mountain Aire Dentistry today to be fitted for your custom mouth or night guard. You’ll see your symptoms improve and keep healthy and strong teeth for years to come. Call our Mountain Aire Dentistry office at (303) 731-7755 for your free consultation!