Sleep disorders are a very common phenomenon in today’s society and often times they can be eliminated by a simple appliance made by your dentist.
Sleep apnea is a common and serious sleeping disorder that happens when your regular breathing is interrupted during sleep. Snoring is common among patients with sleep apnea but not all snorers have sleep apnea.
There are two main types of sleep apnea:
Sleep apnea can affect any one at any age, although men are more likely to develop the disorder. The risk is also greater for those:
If left untreated, sleep apnea can result in a number of health problems including:
Sleep apnea can be treated. There are several options:
Mouth Guard Information:
For some, teeth grinding is a result of stress. Before going to bed, consider taking a nice hot shower or, if you have some extra time, spend half an hour soaking in a bubble bath to wash away some of the problems of the day. Warm compresses can also be soothing. You could also ask your significant other for a massage before bed or curl up with your favorite book to help relax your body. What is great about this approach is that it addresses the source of the problem as directly as possible and doesn't have to cost you anything. There are many ways to unwind; you just have to make time to do it.
Wearing a Night Guard
A night guard is a dental appliance that can be worn over your teeth while sleeping to stop teeth grinding. It looks like a plastic mouth guard for athletes, but is made using a harder material. Depending on which type of night guard your dentist creates, you may wear one on either your upper or lower teeth. Your dentist will conduct a thorough dental exam to determine which type of guard is best suited to your needs.
Night guards have been proven to be very effective. This approach addresses the grinding itself but does not treat the source of the grinding behavior, so you may find that you have to wear the guard at night indefinitely. You should always brush your teeth before inserting your night guard in order to avoid trapping food particles that will cause bacteria to form around your teeth and gums.
Many people don't realize that they have a problem with grinding their teeth. To best figure out how to stop grinding teeth at night, you should call our office and make an appointment to be properly diagnosed.
If you have problems sleeping, it may be sleep apnea. Talk to Dr. Herber and he can determine if an oral appliance can help you.