Losing sleep now and then is natural. Tossing and turning, or sleeping for short periods throughout the night may only happen once in a blue moon for you. Good sleep allows you to reap several benefits, like a happier mood, a better memory, and more productivity. For some, sleep seems uninterrupted but still results in tiredness. When rest escapes you, consider what could cause your lack of rest. Do you take medications with side effects that impair sleep? Or could obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) be the source of your poor sleep? In this article, Dr. James Fondriest explains how your mouth could relate to your lack of sleep.
What is Obstructive Sleep Apnea?
OSA occurs when soft tissues in the mouth and throat block the airway during sleep. When breathing ceases, the body wakes to restart the flow of oxygen to the lungs and brain. These moments of wakefulness can occur so briefly that OSA sufferers may not remember them. People with OSA can’t achieve deep sleep because they wake up hundreds of times during the night to start breathing again. When soft tissue obstructs airways, snoring may occur, as breath vibrates flaps of tissue.
To keep you breathing through the night, your dentist can prescribe the use of an oral device, like a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machine or a mouth guard that positions the jaw to prevent airway blockage. Obstructive Sleep Apnea treatment allows normal breathing to occur, but other nighttime oral problems will still disrupt your day. If you experience jaw pain or headaches, you could be grinding your teeth while you sleep. Although teeth grinding, or bruxism, may not affect your sleep, it can damage your teeth and jaw, and cause ear and neck pain. Talk to Dr. Fondriest about how your oral well-being could affect your sleep.
Schedule an Appointment with Your Lake Forest Dentist
Dr. Fondriest offers treatment for TMJ and TMD caused by bruxism. Discuss treatment options that may result in restful sleep at our office. Call (847) 234-0517 to schedule an appointment. We welcome patients from Lake Forest and North Shore suburbs near Chicago