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By Snoring and Sleep Apnea Dental Treatment Center
September 16, 2021
Category: Sleep Disorder
Tags: Bruxism   Toothaches  

Do your teeth hurt when you wake up in the morning? Your pain could be caused by bruxism, a condition that occurs when you grind your teeth. Fortunately, your Leawood, KS, dentists, Dr. Nancy Addy, and Dr. Jarret Grosdidier of Snoring and Sleep Apnea Dental Treatment Center offer treatment that can relieve tooth pain and sleep disorders.

How bruxism affects your teeth

Grinding your teeth while you sleep exerts considerable pressure on your teeth. If you wake up with stiff jaw muscles and pain in your teeth, bruxism could be the source of the problem. Over time, grinding can crack or chip teeth and dental crowns, loosen dental implants and cause gum disease and receding gums. Grinding your teeth wears away tooth enamel, which can make your teeth sensitive to hot and cold temperatures.

Bruxism may also increase your risk of temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMD), a condition that affects the hinged joints in your jaw. Symptoms of TMD include jaw pain and stiffness, headaches, ear pain, and pressure, difficulty opening or closing your mouth, and a clicking or popping sound when you open or close your mouth.

The bruxism/sleep apnea connection

You may be more likely to grind your teeth if you're stressed, have a bite problem, or have certain diseases, like gastroesophageal reflux disorder (GERD), Parkinson's disease, or attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

Bruxism may also be related to sleep apnea, one of the sleep disorders treated in the Leawood, KS, dental office. Studies have shown that people who have sleep apnea are more likely to suffer from bruxism, according to the Sleep Foundation.

Sleep apnea occurs when tissues in your throat become too relaxed while you sleep or your tongue falls back against your airway. When this happens, you may stop breathing momentarily. Your body restarts your breathing by causing you to choke or gasp. Sleep-apnea breathing pauses happen hundreds of times a night and deprive your brain of oxygen. Failing to treat sleep apnea can increase your risk of heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure, diabetes, and other health conditions.

Help for bruxism and sleep apnea

Your dentist can recommend oral appliances that reduce pressure on your teeth and keep your airway open during the night. The appliances are worn over the teeth and offer a simple way to treat grinding and sleep apnea.

Concerned about bruxism or a sleep disorder that affects your breathing? Call (913) 451-2929 to schedule an appointment with your dentists in Leawood, KS, Dr. Nancy Addy, and Dr. Jarret Grosdidier of Snoring and Sleep Apnea Dental Treatment Center.