Have you been diagnosed with sleep apnea and notice that your jaw feels sore or tight when you wake up? You may be suffering from bruxism caused by sleep apnea. At Hometown Dental Care PLLC, Arezou Daneshvar, DDS, determines if sleep apnea is causing problems with your teeth and may offer a solution. Call the Leesburg, Virginia, office for available appointments, or book your appointment online.
Sleep apnea occurs when there is an interruption of your regular breathing during periods of sleep. If your breathing is interrupted, you can suffer from many side effects, including oral health problems such as grinding your teeth.
The team at Hometown Dental Care PLLC is available for consultations if you are concerned sleep apnea is affecting your teeth.
Generally, sleep apnea is diagnosed in people over 40, are overweight, and may have a nasal problem. Once you are diagnosed with sleep apnea, it is important to see a medical professional for any side effects you may be experiencing.
Your dentist at Hometown Dental Care PLLC may offer a solution to your sleep apnea problem, preventing sleep apnea in some cases using an oral device such as a mouth guard.
Although snoring is the main noticeable side effect, many other side effects happen quietly. Some of the problems of sleep apnea, if left untreated, include:
If you have noticed pain in your jaw after waking or you have been told you are grinding your teeth in your sleep, schedule an appointment with Hometown Dental Care PLLC so they can alleviate some of your symptoms without the need for surgery.
Headaches, tooth decay, and trouble sleeping are signs you may be in need of an oral device if you have sleep apnea.
Sleep apnea can be treated with a few preventive treatments before surgery is necessary. Your dentist at Hometown Dental Care PLLC may suggest a night mouth guard to prevent you from grinding your teeth.
The mouth guard can also correctly align your throat muscles to stop sleep apnea. In addition to protecting your teeth from grinding down, your teeth will also be protected tooth decay.
A diagnosis of sleep apnea can mean your oral health is at risk. Let Hometown Dental Care PLLC give you advice about how to best care for your teeth and offer a possible solution for your sleep apnea.
Book your appointment online, or call the office for available appointments to take your first step toward treatment.