Teeth Grinding's connection with Sleep Apnea

Many sleep and breathing disorders tend to go unnoticed because if the person with the problem is sleeping, may not be aware of the main symptoms.

That may be the case for sleep apnea and teeth grinder, also known as bruxism. Sleep apnea is a disorder characterized by lowered oxygenation with or without awakening due to increased breathing effort as the upper airway becomes obstructed to some degree. The person in bed with a person with sleep apnea may report gasping for air, snoring, choking or the person not breathing during sleep. While sleep related teeth grinding involves the jaws clinching and grinding back and forth during sleep.

Hearing the tooth-on-tooth sound of night grinding is very much the same feeling of fingernails down shrieking a chalkboard. When a person is asleep, it might be a habit that they don’t even notice. However, teeth grinding could have far deeper health implications than simply driving your bed partner insane.

Many people associate teeth grinding to stress but a new understanding of sleep and a person’s airway reveal the real reasons that people may grind their teeth, which could be the sign of nighttime breathing disorder. Conditions that may be linked to this problem are upper airway resistance syndrome (UARS) or even obstructive sleep apnea which both indicate a frightening lack of oxygen while you’re sleeping.

Signs of Teeth Grinding At Night

These symptoms may be an indication that you’re grinding your teeth at night and need to seek help.

  • Tooth sensitivity
  • Toothache
  • Chipped or broken teeth
  • Headaches
  • Migraines
  • Jaw pain (TMJ)
  • Restless sleep
  • Snoring

Even though night clenching may help us breathe at night, the damage to our teeth and jaw can be disastrous.

Night Teeth Grinding

Studies show that half of women aged 20 to 70 suffer from disruption of sleep. While snoring is the hallmark of obstructive sleep apnea, night grinding may be the hallmark of UARS.

We’re all know people who snore in their sleep. The process of snoring show what happens to our airways during asleep. When our muscles that hold open the airways relax during our sleep cycles, the tongue will rest back into our throat, which can partially block the airways. The lowered volume can cause vibration in our throat, due to air having to pass through a smaller passage, or otherwise known as snoring.

Research has linked teeth grinding (bruxism) as a risk factor for sleep apnea and for similar reasons. Teeth grinding is our body’s answer to deal with problems of the airway during sleep. Clenching and grinding our teeth is the result of the body pushing the jaw forward in order to open the airways to allow us to breathe.

The breakthrough

Teeth grinding is way more common than we may think.  The studies have shown that the true underlying cause of teeth grinding is disrupted sleep caused by obstructed airway. It is important to look at the signs that go with teeth grinding, which are mouth breathing, dark circles under the eyes, coughing or choking during sleep or sleeping in odd positions. The good news is that if your teeth grinding is caused by an airway issue there is a permanent solution.

By working with a specialist at Nexisom Sleep Wellness Centers, we can create a custom diagnosis and a solution for your or your airway issue.  This means that there will be no more sleepless

sleep apnea symptoms

The benefits of the breakthrough

Many studies have been made that enable technology to treat sleep issues that cause teeth grinding and other conditions such as ADD/ADHD or even bed-wetting. The typical treatments available today treat the symptoms only, without a permanent solution.  The Nexisom airway treatment works fast and the best news is that it is not just masking the symptoms. Results are seen within days or weeks and the problem can often be resolved completely within twelve to eighteen months.

The biggest difference

One of the biggest reasons this treatment is unique is because of the combination of technology and personal attention. Our team of experts recognizes how important it is to give each case special attention.

First, through a combination of technologies, we help diagnose the root cause of the problem. Second, we use a team of experts, led by our own Dr. Robert Schaffer to come up with a custom solution.  Our team works together to find the root cause of your teeth grinding problem and find the solution to make it possible for you or your family to permanently stop teeth grinding.

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