Obstructive sleep apnea sufferers know the symptoms all too well – the difficulty waking, the still-too-tired feeling, the bouts of exhaustion throughout the day, the tightness in their jaw and even the dental sensitivity. That last one might be new to some, but for others it’s been a thorn in their side for far too long. A condition known as Bruxism, has recently been linked to sleep apnea. Bruxism is a disorder in which an individual will grind or clench their teeth in the night – this disorder can lead to severe health issues like tooth decay, and is known for symptoms such as bad headaches, trouble sleeping, and an overall pain in the jaw.
While this condition was relatively unknown to most, recent studies have surmised that it is linked to other conditions such as stress, dental misalignment, gum diseases, and obstructive sleep apnea. Stats show that 1 out of every 4 individuals suffering obstructive sleep apnea are also affected by severe bruxism, and the grinding of teeth. During such research, a few participants were treated using a sleep apnea night guard as well as other sleep apnea treatment method and not only did their sleep apnea all but disappear, but so did their nighttime bruxism. While it might seem obvious that use of a sleep apnea night guard would help a patient stop grinding their teeth – the breakthrough actually lies in why this works, rather than the fact that it does.
Use of the sleep apnea night guard isn’t physically preventing the teeth from grinding, in reality changing the positioning of the tissue within the throat that usually vibrates, causing things like snoring, helps slow and smooth out the airflow from your breathing. As this airflow slows down, as does the grinding of the teeth. This was initially strange to most physicians, and dentists, like Dr. Marina Pinkhasova of Affordable Dental Care, one of the top sleep apnea specialists NYC has in practice. Despite these results, they have yet to find or understand exactly where the link between the two conditions comes from. But other supporting evidence helps to bolster the link between obstructive sleep apnea treatment and the treatment of Bruxism.
When you are in need of a quality snoring aid Queens sleep apnea specialist, Dr. Marina Pinkhasova recommends her clients use an oral mouth guard, the SomnoDent Flex from SomnoMed. As a result of this revolutionary snoring aid Queens patients of Affordable Dental are able to improve their nocturnal respiration and are able to get a full night’s REM sleep without experiencing shortness of breath or waking up gasping for air.
For those in need of a snoring aid Queens’s sleep apnea specialist, Dr. Marina Pinkhasova recommends patients try an oral night guard. Because snoring, and essentially sleep apnea, is caused by excess tissue and obstruction in the throat, these oral appliances are designed specifically to angle the upper and lower jaw in such a way that it drastically opens the airways and allows the patient to breath unobstructed. In addition, making certain lifestyle changes, such as quitting smoking or losing weight can also help to alleviate sleep apnea symptoms.
During these studies while some patients used the sleep apnea night guard, others made other lifestyle changes which are also sleep apnea treatments, like losing weight, quitting smoking, and seeking treatment for certain allergies and sinus conditions which have been known to cause sleep apnea and prevent breathing during the night. All in all, obstructive sleep apnea is a dangerous condition, that shouldn’t be left to chance. As patients stop breathing in the night, the grinding of teeth or Bruxism can only make things much worse. So, before your sleep apnea gets any worse and your bruxism causes complications with your oral, as well as your overall, health contact a qualified obstructive sleep apnea specialist, like Dr. Marina Pinkhasova of Affordable Dental Care, today.