Do you have sleep problems like snoring and insomnia? Did you know these can be signs of a sleep disorder called sleep apnea? Sleep Apnea in Park Ridge can contribute to oral health problems; conversely, dental issues can cause sleep apnea. Click on the link below to learn more about sleep apnea’s association with your oral health.
What Is Sleep Apnea?
According to the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM), sleep apnea afflicts more than 25 million adults in the U.S. Dr. Timothy Morganthaler, AASM President, says obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is destroying millions of Americans’ health. Prevalent warning signs of sleep apnea include snoring and choking, gasping, or breathing pauses during sleep.
Quality sleep keeps you healthy and can reduce bad breath, mouth ulcers, and the development or progression of gum disease. Dental problems associated with sleep apnea include:
- Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) disorders
- Bruxism — the grinding, gnashing, or clenching of your teeth during sleep
TMJ disorders affect the jaw joints, surrounding muscles, and ligaments. It can cause jaw pain and pain in the muscles that control jaw movement.
Treating Sleep Apnea in Park Ridge
Dentists trained to treat OSA and snoring problems often use oral appliances. The device separates the jaws, pushing the lower slightly forward, allowing air to flow more freely.
Children can be affected by OSA, too. Dentistry can play a vital role in treatment. Call the number below if your child is experiencing sleep apnea.
Contact Beyond Smiles of Park Ridge to schedule an appointment.