When we think of sleep apnea and our teeth we assume that these two very different things are not related to one another. However, one of the main signs of sleep apnea is Bruxism, also known as grinding your teeth. Here at Carolinas Dental Sleep Center located in Huntersville, North Carolina we look for signs of grinding by the warn down places on your teeth. Grinding your teeth can cause inflamed and receding gums, it can also cause a high number of cavities, because the force of grinding will cause damage to your teeth and make them more prone to cavity-causing bacteria.
While you are sleeping at night, you will clench your jaw and grind your teeth and this will alert your brain to wake you up so you can take a breath. Grinding your teeth is just one oral health sign that you may have sleep apnea. The other signs of sleep apnea are snoring a lot, gasping for air and waking up repletely. Sleep apnea can cause an increased risk of developing high blood pressure, diabetes, obesity, and heart disease. If you can make a just few lifestyle changes like, losing weight or quit smoking that can drastically decrease your chances of getting sleep apnea and reversing it all together.
Chronic snoring is one of the most common sign of sleep apnea. Other signs and symptoms are sleepiness or drowsy in the day, waking up in the mornings with dry mouth or a sore throat, and headaches in the morning, if you are having any of these symptoms, please don’t hesitate to call us right away! Here at Carolinas Dental Sleep Center we strive to give are patients the best quality of care possible. If you have any questions or concerns please come see us or give us a call, we’re always here to help in any way we can!