How Sleep Apnea Affects Your Smile
Do you have a snoring problem?
If it's severe enough, snoring could indicate that you suffer from obstructive sleep apnea (OSA).
Perhaps your snoring has never caused you much trouble before. But someone sharing your bedroom might beg to differ! OSA has caused many sufferers to lose out on much-needed sleep, since the obstruction reduces oxygen flow to the brain.
There are additional consequences, however, that can affect your smile.
When your jaw slides back during sleep, you likely end up breathing through your mouth. The constant airflow can cause saliva to dry up and your oral tissues can get irritated. Chronic dry mouth could also lead to an increase in diseases like cavities and gum infection.
Some people develop a habit of grinding their teeth out of stress when they sleep. Your brain goes through a lot of stress when oxygen is cut off! Teeth grinding and clenching leads to:
- Gum recession
- Fractures and chips
- Worn enamel
- Damaged restorations
As a sufferer, it's not exactly news to you that OSA can be a cause of chronic fatigue. Lack of energy impacts your concentration and might even make you seem like a grouchy and lazy person. It's hard to show off your lovely smile when you're constantly tired!
Save your smile (and finally get a good night's rest) with the help of Preston Sherry Dental Associates. Our team has the resources you need to get a handle on your sleep apnea problem. We can also offer a variety of solutions that could reduce the symptoms of sleep apnea.
Call our office today to schedule a sleep apnea consultation with one of our smile specialists.
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