Sleep apnea is a serious (sometimes dangerous) sleep disorder. It is the condition when a person’s breathing stops multiple times during sleep. The person who has sleep apnea may not even be aware that he has it. Signs of sleep apnea include snoring, heaving breathing in the sleep, gasping for air in the middle of your sleep. These signs only mean that the brain isn’t getting enough oxygen during your sleep. There two known types of sleep apnea, OSA or Obstructive sleep apnea and Central Sleep apnea or CSA.
Dentists at Braydon Dental Care clinic know this too well. Not a lot of patients know that your dentist plays a part in the treatment/easing of your sleep apnea. OSA is the most common form, usually caused by the blockage of airways due to a big or thick tongue, small air passageways and obesity. On the other hand, in the case of CSA, the brain fails to send signals to the muscles to breathe due to instability in respiratory control.
Most people ask, “What does my dentist have to do with my OSA or CSA? This is because sleep apnea can show many other signs aside from just snoring. A person with sleep apnea may also grind their teeth. When your dentist suspects signs of sleep apnea, he may suggest a sleep study and recommend for you to use a night guard. Although this will not entirely cure sleep apnea, it will surely lessen minimize teeth grinding.
If your dentists see that there’s a lot of decay and damage in your teeth, it could be caused by sleep apnea. Other symptoms include daytime drowsiness, a dry mouth, a sore throat and morning headaches, caused by either lack of appropriate sleep or comes as a result of teeth grinding.