When you are sleeping, your brain operates in a different manner than during waking hours. Without the conscious ability to stop your habitual teeth grinding, you could be spending significant time wearing down your enamel. This material is the hard external surface of the tooth, and it serves to keep your smile functional. Enamel also gives you the appearance of your smile, and unfortunately, this tissue cannot repair itself. You need the assistance of a trained professional in the restoration of damage due to grinding.
This condition is known as bruxism, and there is a way to protect yourself at Modern Dentistry of Shrewsbury in Shrewsbury, MA. An oral appliance can prevent the collision of your teeth with a soft BPA-free material overnight. Another prevalent condition affects the structure of the throat during sleep. Appliances are also helpful in the treatment of chronic obstructive sleep apnea, in which your own body blocks your airflow. Speak with us about your sleep problems during your checkup, and take the steps toward a healthy night of rest.
Prevent Enamel Damage Due To Bruxism
The grinding of teeth is a common unconscious activity, and when this occurs during the day, you might be able to find a way to stop yourself. You can channel this energy into another action or use healthy snacks as an alternative. During sleep, however, you have less ability to control your jaw. Bruxism is the term for this condition and it can lead to serious complications for your smile.
Limit the loss of your natural tooth matter with the use of an oral appliance while you sleep. Through a nonsurgical method, these slim custom guards can save you from undue enamel erosion as a result of your grinding. Speak with your provider about your needs and see how you can relieve some of this consistent overnight strain on your teeth.
Breathe Freely With An Adjustment To Your Jaw
Chronic obstructive sleep apnea is another condition that stems from your oral health. During your deepest form of sleep, the nerve that gives you the ability to swallow can become momentarily paralyzed. When this happens, your throat tissue can collapse on top of itself and block the full flow of air to your lungs. Your sleep apnea can contribute to hypertension (high blood pressure) and a decrease in your blood oxygenation. Discuss the use of an oral appliance with your dentist before you reach to noisy CPAP machines.
Seeking Better Sleep In Shrewsbury, MA
If you wake up with a sore jaw or are tired before noon, give us a call at Modern Dentistry of Shrewsbury in Shrewsbury, MA at (508) 842-8838. An oral appliance can allow you to fully rest overnight through maintenance of your sleep disorder.