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How a Dentist Spots Sleep Apnea

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Obstructive sleep apnea is a sleep disorder linked to sleeplessness and snoring. It occurs during sleep when your throat muscles relax and block your airway. In the US, more than 3 million cases are diagnosed per year. If you are having problems with sleeping or snoring, a Bucks County dentist can discover if sleep apnea is a factor. How a Dentist Spots Sleep Apnea Grinding your teeth during sleep can possibly mean you have sleep apnea. Tooth grinding, also known as bruxism, is one of the earliest signs of this type of apnea. If your dentist notices you have worn teeth and receding gums, it likely means you’ve been grinding your teeth. An increase in cavities can also signal the presence of sleep apnea. Grinding your teeth causes damage, and damaged teeth are susceptible to bacteria that cause cavities. Bruxism can cause sleep interruptions that leave you feeling exhausted. When your jaw is tense and you grind your teeth, your body might feel the need to get some air. This can happen several times while you’re sleeping. When you gasp for breath, you wake up even if only for a moment. Fatigue and reduced sleep quality are common results. In addition to sleep disturbances, sleep apnea can lead to a host of other illnesses. Obesity, high blood pressure, heart disease, and diabetes are commonly linked to sleep apnea. It’s believed that a lack of good-quality sleep can contribute to these illnesses. How a Dentist Can Help Your dentist will likely recommend that you see a medical doctor. Here at Yardley Dental Arts, we can recognize the symptoms of sleep apnea. And if you’re seeking a Bucks County Dentist, we’re here to help. But for an official sleep disorder diagnosis, you should visit a medical doctor for an examination. We can recommend treatment once your sleep apnea is confirmed. In some cases, an over the counter night guard might improve the situation. The night guard fits over your teeth and protects them from the grinding. Not only does it reduce grinding, but it can also reduce the headaches, jaw pain, and cavities associated with bruxism. If you quickly wear through the night guard, you’ll likely need a guard that’s custom made. For a Bucks County dentist, call Yardley Dental Arts today. Problems with oral health often signal related medical problems. Call us today so we can discuss your oral health.

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