Sleep Apnea and Nightguards
People with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) have disrupted sleep and low blood oxygen levels. When obstructive sleep apnea occurs, the tongue is sucked against the back of the throat. This blocks the upper airway and airflow stops. When the oxygen level in the brain becomes low enough, the sleeper partially awakens, the obstruction in the throat clears, and the flow of air starts again, usually with a loud gasp.
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Do you ever wake up with a tired, sore feeling in your jaws? Do you suffer from frequent migraines or tension headaches? If so, you may grind and clench your teeth. Clenching and grinding, also known as bruxism, can cause significant pain and discomfort. You may grind and clench your teeth if you notice the following signs and symptoms:
- Indentations on the side of the tongue
- Chronic tension headaches and migraines
- Excessive wear on the enamel, exposing the inner layers of the tooth
- Extremely worn down, flattened, cracked, or chipped teeth
- A tired, tight, or sore feeling in the jaw muscles
- Chronic facial pain
- Pain when chewing
If you have experienced these symptoms, we encourage you to contact us about getting a night guard. The night guard is a custom-made oral appliance worn at night; most people who suffer from bruxism are unaware of the condition because they unconsciously grind and clench their teeth as they sleep. The night guard fits over your teeth to protect them and prevent them from grinding together as you sleep.