Understanding How Sleep Apnea Can Impact Your Oral Health
Posted on 7/25/2019 by Enrique Darancou, DDS
Sleep apnea is becoming more and more common as doctors become more aware of what it is and why people have it. They are able to find people and diagnose them easier. This is good news for the dental community, because those that suffer from dental issues now know why that is.
The sleep apnea is causing their dental issues to happen, but with adequate care for the problem, the dental issues they used to face are minimized. Wondering how sleep apnea and dental issues are even related?
Dental Issues and Sleep Apnea
Sleep apnea causes the person to stop breathing while they are sleeping. This can be dangerous to their health and well-being, which is why they seek out a way to treat this condition. One of the biggest indicators that someone has sleep apnea is that they snore extremely loud and sleep with their mouths open.
Sleeping with your mouth open not only dries out your mouth, but it can cause bacteria to quickly multiple on your teeth, gums and tongue. This is a problem because it can mean that it is much harder to keep the teeth clean while you sleep.
Those that have sleep apnea might also grind their teeth at night. This becomes a problem when the person comes in with broken and chipped teeth. Make sure that this is something that is taken care of when you get the sleep apnea treated by a healthcare professional.
If you have sleep apnea, speak with us today about ways you can protect your mouth while you sleep. This can help you sleep better at night knowing that you have the best dental care plan possible to combat against the condition and reduce the amount of dental mishaps you come across. Speak with us today to learn more.