Sometimes we engage in habits that wreak havoc with our teeth and gums. And often we don’t even know we’re doing it! Such is the case with teeth grinding and sleep apnea.
If you wake up with a sore jaw or headache, you could very well be grinding your teeth at night – a condition that is also referred to as “bruxism.”
If you snore so loudly at night that you disrupt your own sleep or the sleep quality of other family members, you could be suffering from sleep apnea.
Fortunately, there are oral appliances that can help alleviate both of these conditions, which is why Dr. Bowcutt provides a variety of oral appliances to his Cedar Park, TX, area patients.
What You Should Know about Teeth Grinding
You may be grinding your teeth at night without even realizing it. Bruxism can cause a variety of problems, including headaches, jaw pain, worn-down teeth, and even TMJ disorder (a condition in which the temporomandibular joint in the jaw becomes irritated and inflamed).
What You Should Know About Sleep Apnea
A lot of people snore loudly, but if you often wake yourself (or others) up at night with your snoring, you could be suffering from sleep apnea. This condition is very serious, and can even be life-threatening since it stops the patient from breathing for extended periods of time while sleeping.
How Oral Appliances Can Help
Night guards are oral appliances that the patient can wear at night. They perform several helpful functions, including protecting the teeth from getting worn down due to grinding; reducing the amount of tension placed on the jaw due to grinding; and opening up the airway in the back of the throat to make breathing at night more effortless for patients with sleep apnea.