Are Sleep Apnea and Oral Health Related?

Trouble Sleeping

Do you fight with snoring and insomnia? You may want to call a sedation dentistry Highlands Ranch office for a confirmation that you suffer from apnea.  Sleep disturbances and snoring may be signs of obstructive sleep apnea, but so are some problems with oral health.

Statistics show that 18 million Americans experience sleep apnea. This affection causes repeated interruptions of breathing during the night sleep; pauses can take from seconds to minutes and may appear several times per hour. These breaks happen because the back muscles of the neck are sore, the jaw is too small, the tongue is too big, which causes obstructions to the airway.

The problem with oral health that points to sleep apnea is teeth grinding (also known as bruxism). Dentists are looking for worn tooth surfaces, a sign that the patient grinds his teeth. This problem also causes tooth wear and tear, as well as gum inflammation.

Bruxism is only one sign of sleep apnea. There are others, such as small jaw, scalloped tongue or red throat (caused by snoring), so you must also seek advice from other medical specialists.  People with sleep apnea do not enjoy a quality sleep and are susceptible to accumulate fatigue. Sleep apnea is also associated with a higher risk of obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure and even heart disease.