Are you one of the unfortunate few who suffers from sleep bruxism (grind or clench your teeth) or has obstructive sleep apnea? If so, you might need an oral mouthguard that is custom fitted.
Bruxism, the medical term for teeth grinding and clenching, is a common phenomenon that can happen during waking hours or while you sleep. If it happens pretty often and mostly at night during sleep, it can be worse than an annoyance. It can cause the sufferer from getting a good nights sleep, and the grinding will keep your bed partner awake and do real damage to your teeth.
People can have a plethora of symptoms, inclusive of tooth pain or sensitivity, loose teeth, tooth damage, flattened teeth, chipped teeth, and worn tooth enamel.
Sometimes pain that goes with sleep bruxism can be felt in the jaw, face, neck, or as a headache that begins in your temple. It is a pain that feels like an earache. People with bruxism can have trouble closing and opening their jaws completely. It will cause them to feel fatigued or have a tight feeling in their muscles around their jaws, and damage inside their cheek from chewing.
There is about 8% of adults who suffer from sleep bruxism and 20-30% of kids who suffer from it.
There seems to be a lot of reasons why it happens to kids.
There is good news for kids though. Most of them usually grow out of it.
An oral mouthguard can be worn at night as you sleep to help with bruxism or obstructive sleep apnea. It is a lot like a retainer that covers your bottom and top teeth and will not let them grind together. Your dentist can fit you for one.
When your dentist is examining your teeth, he will evaluate you to see if your bruxism is caused by something far more serious. Bruxism has been found in approximately 25% of people who have obstructive sleep apnea.
Obstructive sleep apnea is depicted when one stops breathing while sleeping. It can last from a few seconds to over a minute. When they start normal breathing again, it is usually noticed by a loud choking or snorting sound.
Let McAllen Dental Care be there for you in fitting you with the right mouthguard.