Sleep apnea, or Obstructive Sleep Apnea Syndrome (OSAS), is a more common chronic disease than you think. It is a particular syndrome that causes repeated interruptions of respiratory activity during sleep. This pathology causes various problems, both at the moment, such as poor rest, and in the long term. Even little known problems, such as effects on the teeth. In case you suffer from this pathology, do not hesitate to come to us at Florida Smiles Dental and learn how to avoid the dental problems due to this pathology.
Sleep Apnea Problems
The most common problems due to sleep apnea are related to sleep deprivation. Mild sleep deprivation may not be noticed, but can be very problematic. Sleep apneas causes sleep interruptions and frequent awakenings for those who suffer from it. These awakenings last very little time, only 2 or 3 seconds, and are not even remembered the following morning, but they affect the effectiveness of sleep. People who suffer from sleep apnea often wake up during the night and wake up tired as continuous and effective rest is prevented.
These awakenings and sleep deprivation lead to a large number of problems. First among which, given the lack of rest, is daytime sleepiness. There is also increased risk of hypertension, congestive heart failure, atrial fibrillation, liver problems and numerous other health problems. Of all these problems, the most underrated ones are those that sleep apnea causes to the teeth.
Sleep Apnea and Teeth Problems
It has long been shown that sleep apnea can also cause serious problems with the teeth. There are three main problems that can affect the teeth: worn teeth, jaw pain or cavity problems.
Sleep apnea is often associated with another pathology called bruxism. It is a very common condition in all those who suffer from sleep apnea, at least one in four people, and that leads to grinding their teeth. Over time, grinding or gritting the teeth more than necessary can lead not only to greater sensitivity in the dentition, but also to wear or damage to the teeth. Grinding or clenching teeth is a direct cause of jaw pain. Sometimes sleep apnea can also cause chronic pain.
Lastly, a serious problem is that of mouth health. Those who suffer from sleep apneas tend to breathe more through the mouth, a behavior that causes dry mouth and, therefore, a greater propensity to caries.
How to Know If You Have Sleep Apnea
The most common way to understand if you suffer from sleep apnea is perennial daytime fatigue. If you sleep at least 8 hours a night and are always tired, one of the answers to this problem may be night apneas. However, given that very often there are also problems with the teeth, it is easy to understand if you suffer from sleep apnea that you may also have pain in the teeth or you may experience pain when moving or opening the mouth. A dentist may also notice increased erosion of tooth enamel, caused by dry mouth.
In any case, it is a pathology that can be easily controlled. Call us, Florida Smiles Dental at 754-354-0363 and we can help you treat dental problems related to sleep apnea.