The Connection between Sleep apnea and Bruxism
by: Dental Assistant Team
When I share my experience with our night study for sleep apnea, I need to explain how the study covers another very common condition: bruxism.
Bruxism is the result of parafunctional activities that primarily occur as we sleep. As a result most of us (I was one of us) are surprised to be diagnosed because we never realized it was happening in the first place.
The affect of bruxism on teeth translates into signs you can't ignore such as excessive tooth wear, abfraction, high sensitivity to cold, headaches, neck and back soreness, tired jaw, and locking jaw for some more severe cases.
My sleep study made me realize the connection my grinding had with my sleep patterns. If you read my article about sleep apnea you know I was diagnosed with a mild case of sleep apnea.
Here are the findings of my own sleep apnea night study:
Every time my air ways were obstructed my body's natural defense mechanism kicked in and I started grinding my teeth. No matter what position I was sleeping in: left side, right side, back... I was grinding my teeth to help open my air way. This was causing me to gasp a little and go back to breathing normally. It made me move around each time it happened, resulting in what I call a very scattered night sleep.
Now, not all bruxers (people affected by bruxism) have sleep apnea and not all sleep apnea patient grind their teeth, but studies show that some bruxism cases can be associated with sleep apnea.
I want to encourage everyone to take a night study and rule out any potential risk of being undiagnosed, because sleep apnea is a deadly disease. Sleep apnea might be killing your teeth slowly during the night, but it can end up killing you as well! This simple night study can end up saving your life (or simply your teeth). Ask us at Drs Rohrer how we can help diagnose your sleep apnea at a fraction of the cost of a sleep study center.
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Article date: Oct. 04 2013
Type: Sleep Apnea
Location: Boca Raton - Palm Beach County