Every morning for the past month, you’ve woken up with a headache and pain in your jaw. You’ve been stressed out with work and have a baby on the way, so all the added responsibility is adding up – and leading to poor rest at night. But could there be something else going on that could be contributing to your tension. But, thankfully, you have a dentist appointment with the team at Monarch Dentistry. When you talk with the team there, they investigate the possibility of sleep apnea as the true cause of your dental and sleep issues, and are able to help with sleep apnea therapy in Vienna.
What Is Sleep Apnea?
Sleep apnea is a highly common sleep disorder that usually occurs when your airway becomes blocked at night. You’ll snore or possibly stop breathing – up to hundreds of times a night – and your brain will wake you up to make you start breathing properly again, but not enough to make you conscious of rousing. People with sleep apnea are generally exhausted all the time, no matter the amount of sleep they get, and can often experience irritability and increased anxiety and depression due to this nocturnal disorder.
How Does Sleep Apnea Relate To Grinding?
Grinding your teeth, also known as bruxism, is related to sleep apnea since the jaw moves back against the throat when you sleep. This blockage not only stops air from flowing into the lungs correctly when you sleep, but can also lead to grinding, since the position of the jaw is changed, especially if you sleep on your back.
What About Grinding Your Teeth During The Day?
In most cases, grinding your teeth during the day – even unconsciously – is the result of stress and anxiety. In fact, it is estimated that up to 70% of cases of bruxism stem directly from stress. To address this cause, we can help with stress management techniques, or even help you receive additional mental health support from a qualified professional.
How Can You Help With Grinding And Sleep Apnea?
Aside from helping in the ways we mentioned above, we can also address your teeth grinding and sleep apnea in the following ways:
- Nightguards – Since nightguards act as a buffer between teeth, with these comfortable, custom-fit devices, we can protect your dentitions from being worn down while you sleep at night.
- COAT – Custom oral appliance therapy, or COAT, as it’s commonly known, is a special device that looks like a night, but works to gently shift your jaw forward, opening your airway and allowing you to breathy easily while you sleep. COAT is effective in about 80% of patients and can be used on its own or in conjunction with your CPAP machine.
Now that you know how our dental treatments for sleep apnea can help prevent grinding, schedule your appointment with Monarch Dentistry today!