Sleep Apnea and Mouth Guards

By: Keledjian Dental: Dr. Jason Keledjian  07/29/2015
Keywords: Sleep Apnea, Sleep Medicine, obstructive sleep apnea

Millions of Americans suffer from sleeping disorders including sleep apnea. Even nighttime clenching and grinding can disrupt normal sleep patterns, causing grogginess and fatigue during the day. At Keledjian Dental, we provide the best treatment for sleep apnea for mild to moderate sleep apnea and nighttime clenching and grinding, so that our patients can get a good night’s sleep and enjoy a better quality of life. Depending upon the levels of sleep apnea problems you're experiencing there could be varying solutions to ensure your comfort and safety sleeping. What Does Sleep Apnea Cause? Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is a condition characterized by an obstructed airway. Having sleep apnea can lead to, or cause a number of problematic health conditions such as: • Hypertension • Sudden cardiac death • Stroke • Loss of alertness Patients who suffer from OSA are at a higher risk for car accidents due to drowsiness from poor quality of sleep. Snoring is a common symptom of sleep apnea. Patients want to know answers to questions such as what are the symptoms of sleep apnea and what are the best ways to fix sleep apnea? While snoring is a symptom that can seem like a minor nuisance, for many people it can create relationship stress and sleepless nights for other family members. What Is Sleep Disorder? Sleep disorder is a general term used for a different conditions that interfere with sleep. Sleep apnea is a common condition and sleep disorder, often treated using a constant positive airway pressure (CPAP) machine. Sleep Apnea and CPAP Treatment A CPAP machine consists of an oxygen pump connected to a face mask that is attached to the patient’s face with straps. Typically, CPAP treatment is effective for many patients. However, some patients do not tolerate the CPAP machine well and seek a more comfortable alternative. If your sleep apnea is tested as mild or even moderate, you may qualify to use a sleep apnea appliance instead. At Keledjian Dental, we offer sleep appliances to those cases. A sleep appliance is a modified upper and lower nightguard that helps to open your restricted airway. It fits inside of your mouth and is made of smooth plastic material. By holding your lower jaw slightly forward, the sleep apnea appliance promotes an open airway so that you can breathe better and can control your snoring more effectively. Oral Appliances (Nightguards) for Sleep Apnea and Bruxism Bruxism, or excessive clenching and grinding, is a common sleep problem and affects about twenty percent of Americans. Some people do not even know they suffer from bruxism unless a partner tells them that they grind their teeth in their sleep. Common symptoms of excessive clenching and grinding include: • Sore jaw muscles • Cracked or worn teeth • Headaches • Neck and shoulder pain While stress and anxiety are commonly linked to bruxism, clenching and grinding can also be caused by other factors such as poor occlusion (alignment of teeth), certain medications, sinus problems, and sleep disorders that a sleep apnea mouthguard could help treat. Bruxism can damage your teeth, cause headaches, and disrupt normal sleep patterns. That is why we offer night guards to our patients as a solution to protect your teeth and help promote a good night’s sleep. At Keledjian Dental, your night guard will be custom made so that it comfortably fits over your teeth. When worn at night, it has helped to decrease the symptoms of bruxism for many of our patients.

Keywords: Apnea Treatment, Mouth Guards, obstructive sleep apnea, Sleep Apnea, Sleep Apnea Treatment, Sleep Medicine, Snoring Treatment

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