Your oral health – and your overall health – can face particular challenges while you sleep that your dentist can help you address. Some patients will require help because they are grinding their teeth during rest. This condition, referred to as bruxism, involves an involuntary clenching of your jaw, which can lead to serious dental harm. Others will require help for sleep apnea. Sleep apnea causes patients to make loud snoring sounds while they sleep, and creates constant disruptions to your sleep cycle that can create health troubles.
Snoring And Sleep Apnea Can Be Embarrassing – And Possibly A Serious Health Threat
Snoring is an embarrassing problem, but sleep apnea poses a real challenge to your well-being. Patients with sleep apnea suffer blocked airways while they sleep, which forces their body to break the sleep cycle and “wake up” to clear them. Because your body is pulling you out of your sleep cycle to adjust your soft tissue to stop blocking your breathing passages, you are not fully recovering during rest like you should. This leads to problems like inattention, sluggishness, and increased irritability, but it can also aggravate mental health issues, and create issues with your blood pressure. To stop the problem, your dentist can equip you with an oral appliance that prevents you from blocking your airways while you sleep.
Protecting Your Teeth From Grinding Damage While You Sleep
People with bruxism can potentially damage their teeth seriously enough to need restorative dental work. Patients who let the issue go on for too long can even lose teeth! With a special mouth guard from your dentist, you can keep your teeth safe as you sleep through the night.
Learn How My Dentist In Londonderry, NH Can Protect You Against Nighttime Oral Health Threats
You might be surprised to learn that your dentist can help you enjoy a better night’s rest. However, if you suffer from an issue like sleep apnea or bruxism, oral care can be the answer to your issues. To learn more about what our practice offers to our patients, schedule a consultation with one of our experts by calling the My Dentist office in Londonderry, NH, today at (603) 965-3407.