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your dentist's role in helping you enjoy restful sleepIf you are struggling to enjoy a good night’s rest, would you think to ask your dentist for help? In some cases, oral health issues may be inhibiting your ability to sleep properly. People with bruxism can be unaware that they are clenching their jaw while they sleep, and regularly wake up with unexplained pain in their face and teeth. If you frequently snore, and you fail to feel rested in the morning – even after having a full night’s sleep – you could suffer from sleep apnea. In both cases, your dentist may be able to offer a remedy with a customized mouth guard that protects you against these problems while you sleep. Talk to your dentist about issues like troubled sleeping, even if they seem unrelated to oral care, during a routine checkup.

What Separates Sleep Apnea From Snoring

You make a snoring sound when soft tissue partly interferes with your breathing passages while you sleep. Sleep apnea is diagnosed when a person’s airways are totally cut off, typically for ten seconds or more. This can cause your body to awaken constantly at night, even if you do not remember it occurring. Sleep apnea is a serious condition. People with sleep apnea are more likely to suffer a heart attack or stroke, may be dangerously impaired by sleep loss while driving, and have a higher risk of hypertension.

Grinding Or Clenching Your Teeth While You Sleep

Someone with bruxism does not exclusively grind their teeth at night, but sleep can be when grinding happens the most. If you are grinding your teeth while you sleep, it can cause you to awaken with considerable discomfort in your teeth and facial area.