Often patients will tell us that they're having a dental problem with their sleep. Most commonly they'll say that they're grinding their teeth at night and they may also say they woke up with sore jaws or they wake up with headaches and they'll ask what this might be what they can do about this.
When you have difficulty sleeping and you're grinding your teeth, for years in the TMJ field, we've said that grinding teeth had two sources. One, your bite could be off which the grinding would them be the body trying to smooth out the uneven surfaces and get everything to fit together. But we also said that there was some unknown central nervous system force driving the grinding. We didn't know what that was.
In the past 10 to 12 years, we've actually learned that that unknown central nervous system mechanism that was driving the clenching and grinding, it is the result of a sleep breathing disorder such as sleep apnea and we have ways to screen for that. We have four home screening devices that patients could take home and use in the comfort of their own homes. We have the same ones that Kaiser uses for ambulatory sleep studies and we get a very good idea if you have a sleep breathing disorder and what type it may be and this can smooth the way for you to go talk to your physician about getting a proper diagnosis from a medical specialist.
We also treat dental sleep apnea problems or sleep apnea problems with dental devices. Sleep apnea is nothing more than the jaw dropping back as we sleep and the dental sleep devices simply keep the jaw forward and the airway open so that you don't have that gagging, choking feeling from the sleep apnea and you get a good night's sleep.
It’s not late, but you’re exhausted. All day long, you dragged yourself through work. You go to bed now, but the next morning, you’re still exhausted. Worse, you have nagging headaches in the morning and can’t seem to get out of that fog in your head. If this sounds like you, sleep apnea could be the problem. Thankfully, Dr. Miller can help you get the sleep you need.
No one is completely quiet when they sleep. But if you are snoring very loudly almost every night, you could have a disorder known as sleep apnea. This is when your windpipe gets obstructed while you sleep. It can result from your throat muscles relaxing too much and pushing down on your windpipe, or it could be caused by a misaligned jaw or something that’s blocking your breathing, such as your tonsils or tongue.
There are several symptoms, including bad headaches in the morning, chronic fatigue, frequently waking up during the night, and irritability during the day. Of course, loud snoring is a sign as well. Some patients can benefit from a sleep study to determine the cause of their sleep problems. You will stay overnight in a hospital while a certified technician measures your sleep patterns, including how often you wake up. Dr. Miller can conduct a Mallampati test to help diagnose sleep apnea right here in our Roseville, CA dental office.
If you were losing only a little sleep, then no. You might just need to go to bed earlier each night. But if you have sleep apnea, you are facing much bigger problems. You could be waking up and falling back asleep more than 200 times each night! This robs you of needed sleep. You aren’t just tired and groggy the next day — you can be irritable, depressed, and prone to making accidents. People with sleep apnea can also suffer from high blood pressure, memory loss, diabetes, and more.
There are several things Dr. Miller can do at our Roseville, CA dental office to help with your sleep apnea. He can custom make a dental appliance, a small device that fits over your teeth to help keep your tongue out of the way so you can breathe normally. The device can also be made to shift your jaw slightly, which helps keep your airway open.
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