Dental Signs of Sleep Apnoea
If you suspect you have a sleeping disorder, you might want to bring it up when you schedule your next checkup at Purity Dental! Our Mulgrave dentists can actually screen for signs of oral sleep apnoea (OSA) that occur inside of your mouth. By ruling out all of the symptoms and warning signs, you can take the next steps toward a home sleep study or sleep apnoea appliance.
What are some of the common dental symptoms of obstructive sleep apnoea? Here are some of the most noticeable ones:
Flattened Teeth — One of the predominant oral signs of sleeping disorders is flattened, worn down teeth. The edges may feel sharp to your tongue. This phenomenon occurs when you tightly clench your jaws shut as your brain is deprived of oxygen.
Broken Dental Work — Your fillings and crowns aren’t as strong as the rest of your bite. If you’re clenching at night because you’re not getting oxygen, your dental work may be the first thing to start breaking down.
Bite Marks Inside of Your Cheeks or Side of your tongue— Are there thin, raised, white lines along the inside of your cheeks, next to where your teeth bite together? This symptom of bruxism is also common in people with OSA.
Jaw Problems — TMJ problems, joint pain, earaches, and popping and clicking when you open/close your mouth may not be TMJ disorder; they could actually be caused by the constant strain to your joint when you’re not breathing in enough air.
Is it Time to See a Dentist?
If you suspect you have a sleeping disorder or are suffering from worn out teeth, call the Mulgrave dentists at Purity Dental. We’ll help you find the right solution to prevent further tooth damage and get the answers you need for a good night’s sleep.