3 Sleep Disorders That Affect Your Teeth
Restless nights are the worst. Tossing, turning and trying everything to wind down with no success can leave you feeling groggy and irritable. While you know getting eight hours of sleep is essential to productivity and better overall health, sometimes it’s hard to figure out why you can’t achieve a peaceful night’s rest. If you’re struggling to sleep, you may suffer from sleep apnea, and not getting the right amount of sleep can have long term effects on your dental hygiene.
When you clench your jaw or grind your teeth when sleeping, you most likely have Bruxism. This can leave you feeling unrefreshed and with a headache the next day because of the pressure on your head from clenching. Bruxism can also wake you up during the night which disrupts a solid night’s rest. Continual clenching can lead to chipped teeth and eroded surfaces in your mouth that a Carrollton dentist would find in a routine visit. The dentist would also ask if you have pain in your neck, face, head or jaw to determine if you have Bruxism.
When you suffer from sleep apnea, you’re most likely breathing through your mouth. Having constant air in your mouth will cause your teeth to decay. The excess air will dry out your mouth and also lead to plaque, gingivitis, sores and periodontal disease.
The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) connects your lower jaw to your upper jaw, and a disorder in your TMJ is usually correlated to sleep problems. You may have a TMJ issue if you experience jaw aches, pain from your head to shoulders, chewing issues, a jaw that locks up or hearing your jaw joints grind or click.
If it sounds like you may be suffering from one of these disorders that are taking a toll on your physical and mental health from not getting enough sleep, a dentist can prescribe treatments to help the issue. A popular treatment is a special mouthpiece your dentist develops that manages clenching and grinding while you sleep. The mouthpiece is custom made, and you sleep with it on. While mouthpieces can be pricey, there are other treatments to address dry mouth or getting your teeth realigned.
You know it’s going to a good day when you wake up refreshed, rejuvenated and ready to tackle the day’s agenda. However, if you can’t seem to find peace at night, dental disorders could be contributing, and not getting enough sleep could also be hurting your teeth. Talk with a dentist to see how they can help you score your best sleep ever.