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Ways of Reducing the Dental Effects of Sleep Apnea
Posted on 12/21/2020 by Jeannie Molato, DDS
Sleep apnea can cause a number of different dental problems. The biggest issue is that when you have sleep apnea, you tend to breathe through your mouth. Your body knows that something is blocking your airway, so its first response is to try go get as much oxygen in as possible. You start breathing in through your mouth, which also has the unfortunate side effect of drying up your saliva. This also typically doesn't get your body the oxygen it needs, so your brain then causes you to wake up enough to shift positions or to tighten the loose muscles that are blocking your airway. By doing so, though, you're jolted out of your sleep cycle, which leaves you feeling exhausted.
Dealing with Dry Mouth Caused by Sleep Apnea
The best way of dealing with the dry mouth caused by sleep apnea is to treat sleep apnea directly. If you have obstructive sleep apnea, we can help you with that. This type of sleep apnea occurs because your tongue or the soft tissue of the throat falls over your airway. When you wake up, your body tightens the tissue or moves your tongue. We can help treat this by creating a custom mouthpiece for you to wear at night. This mouthpiece can either hold your tongue in place, prevent tissue from falling over your airway, or do both. We make every one of these mouthpieces' custom for our patients, so it will fit perfectly and will not be uncomfortable to wear. Once you no longer have something blocking your airway, you won't need to breath through your mouth all night. This, in turn, should stop your dry mouth problem. If you suspect you have sleep apnea, schedule an appointment with us today. We will diagnose the condition and help you deal with any problems it has caused.