Has your bed partner ever awaken you with a startle telling you to breathe? Or perhaps you have gotten up morning after morning feeling exhausted and maybe you have a headache on top of it all. These are some of the symptoms of sleep apnea.
Sleep Apnea is a condition in which your sleep is interrupted by pauses in your breathing. These pauses can be as short as a few seconds to as long as a few minutes. They interfere with your sleep pattern moving you from deep, restorative sleep to a lighter sleep cycle. They may happen off and on all night long. You may experience a few pauses a night or you could be plagued with as many as 30 or more in an hour’s time. This chronic disorder affects millions of Americans and is one of the leading causes of daytime fatigue.
At West Houston Dentistry, we can diagnose your sleep apnea and help you overcome it. The proper general dental treatment for this disorder will provide you with a good night’s sleep and restore your vigor during waking hours.
Snoring and teeth grinding are other issues that can present sleep time problems. Snoring often occurs with sleep apnea. It is a big problem for bed partners, too, since their sleep is interrupted by the sound of snoring. Teeth grinding is also an irritating problem for both the person who does it and the person who ends up listening to it. Both disorders can be eliminated by using night guards. For snoring, this simple appliance holds the jaw in a position so that you can breathe normally. For teeth grinding, a night guard provides a cushion between your upper and lower teeth so that they do not grind against each other. If left untreated, teeth grinding will wear down the enamel of your teeth and it could lead to breaking or cracking of some of your teeth.
If you or your partner suffer from sleep apnea, snoring or teeth grinding, contact West Houston Dentistry today for a consultation. We can help you get back to sleeping restfully.