Can sleep apnea make me grind my teeth? | Wisdom Teeth

Neurodevelopment, cellular regeneration, tissue and bone growth all occur during the deep sleep phase, but when breathing stops in the upper airway, the brain moves from deep sleep to interrupted sleep. The most important function of healthy breathing is delivering sufficient oxygen to the body organs, especially the brain and helps to exchange gases. Proper breathing should be free of any obstruction. Obstructive sleep apnea makes you feel tired during the day, which will affect your mood and in sometimes will be a danger to your health.

What is sleep apnea?

Sleep apnea is a common but serious sleep disorder where your breathing stops briefly when you are asleep. If you have sleep apnea, you may not be aware of short breathing periods that occur hundreds of times a night, making you get out of normal sleep rhythm.
The most common type of sleep apnea occurs when the airway is blocked, causing a temporary pause in breathing and loud snoring, and can greatly affect your physical and emotional well-being.
Chronic sleep deprivation due to sleep apnea can lead to drowsiness during the day, poor concentration, and increased risk of accidents, especially when driving. It can also lead to long-term serious health problems such as serious diabetes, heart disease, liver problems, weight gain, and teeth grinding causing severe wear, malocclusion, and temporomandibular disorders.

How do you know you have sleep apnea?

Every night snoring and in a loud voice is a chief diagnostic sign of obstructive sleep apnea. Choking during sleep, waking up at night with a sense of self-restraint, drowsiness during the day and fatigue no matter how much time you spend in bed is a very lightening signal that you have sleep apnea. Waking up and feeling dry mouth and with a sore throat. Insomnia or waking up at night, going to the bathroom frequently during the night.Oblivion and difficulty concentrating, with headaches especially in the morning.

Creeping teeth grinding

As mentioned, frequent sleep apnea occurs when the soft tissues (tonsils, fleshy, soft palate, and tongue) in the back of the throat obstruct the airway. It may cause a process of grinding teeth which occurs as an unconscious attempt to keep the body’s airway open, as it leads to tightening the muscles of the jaw and tongue along the course of breathing, preventing the blockage of the airway during sleep.

Consequences of teeth grinding during sleep apnea

  • Teeth erosion or change of position
  • Wear of the dental enamel that protects the tooth.
  • Increased sensitivity of the teeth.
  • Pain and stiffness in the muscles of the jaw.
  • Ear pain caused by contractions of the muscles of the jaw violently.
  • Headache when waking up.
  • Chronic Pain in the face.
  • Temporomandibular joint problems.

Treatment of sleep apnea

First and foremost we recommend patients see their GPs get a professional sleep study done at a sleep center to assess the severity of sleep apnea

Home remedies and lifestyle adjustments can go a long way in reducing symptoms of sleep apnea. However, evaluation and medical treatment should not be replaced, including:

  • Weight loss: Because overweight people have extra tissue at the back of the larynx, which can fall on the airway and prevent airflow to the lungs during sleep.
  • Quit smoking: Smoking contributes to sleep apnea by increasing inflammation and fluid retention in the throat and upper airway.
  • Regular exercise: Because of its significant impact on the duration and quality of sleep, aerobic training can help to reduce the symptoms of sleep apnea.
  • Avoid caffeine: Don’t take caffeinated drinks, nor eat heavy meals within two hours of going to sleep.
  • Maintain regular sleep hours: by sticking to a fixed sleep schedule.
  • Sleep on one side: Avoid sleeping on the back because some people may suffer from sleep apnea on their back.
  • Different sleep apnea treatment devices are available: One treatment involves using a mouth guard apnea device that keeps the airway open during sleep. The orthodontic devices play an important role in the treatment of sleep apnea by expanding the respiratory tract and removing obstacles in front of it, which makes the organs get better oxygen and makes the sleep process more comfortable and calmer. The devices are placed between the upper and lower jaws. The purpose of these devices is to push the lower jaw and tongue forward, thus relieving the pressure on the larynx and increasing the area in which the air moves.

All the above devices are medical devices that are custom made for each patient

Treatment of sleep apnea

First and foremost we recommend patients see their GPs get a professional sleep study done at a sleep center to assess the severity of sleep apnea
Home remedies and lifestyle adjustments can go a long way in reducing symptoms of sleep apnea. However, evaluation and medical treatment should not be replaced, including:
• Weight loss: Because overweight people have extra tissue at the back of the larynx, which can fall on the airway and prevent airflow to the lungs during sleep.
• Quit smoking: Smoking contributes to sleep apnea by increasing inflammation and fluid retention in the throat and upper airway.
• Regular exercise: Because of its significant impact on the duration and quality of sleep, aerobic training can help to reduce the symptoms of sleep apnea.
• Avoid caffeine: Don’t take caffeinated drinks, nor eat heavy meals within two hours of going to sleep.
• Maintain regular sleep hours: by sticking to a fixed sleep schedule.
• Sleep on one side: Avoid sleeping on the back because some people may suffer from sleep apnea on their back.
• Different sleep apnea treatment devices are available: One treatment involves using a mouth guard apnea device that keeps the airway open during sleep. The orthodontic devices play an important role in the treatment of sleep apnea by expanding the respiratory tract and removing obstacles in front of it, which makes the organs get better oxygen and makes the sleep process more comfortable and calmer. The devices are placed between the upper and lower jaws. The purpose of these devices is to push the lower jaw and tongue forward, thus relieving the pressure on the larynx and increasing the area in which the air moves.

All the above devices are medical devices that are custom made for each patient

Call us Wisdom Teeth Dentist now and book you’re an appointment for advice and possible treatment of obstructive sleep.