Problems like bruxism (teeth grinding) and snoring can seem innocent enough; however, the truth is that these conditions can lead to cardiac arrest, extensive dental damage and even death. That’s because benign symptoms can:
- Point to serious disorders like sleep apnea
- Cause extensive physical damage to teeth and soft tissue
- Indicate that breathing pathways are partially or completely obstructed
The good news is that despite the severity of these symptoms, managing sleep apnea, snoring and other night-time problems can be easy.
Dealing With Sleep Apnea
If you or someone you know is diagnosed with sleep apnea, don’t worry. The condition is potentially severe, but once it’s identified, the chances of complications become minimal. Here are some tips our doctors give to all patients suffering from snoring and sleep apnea:
- Minimize smoking
- Avoid eating 2-3 hours before bed
- Avoid excessive alcohol and caffeine consumption
- Get regular exercise - even if it’s just walking
- Avoid salty and spicy foods for dinner
Just remember that coming in to see a doctor is a necessity if any of the following symptoms are observed:
- Persistent snoring
- Interrupted breathing during sleep
- Loud coughing during sleep
- Grinding or scraping teeth at night
What Can I Expect After My Visit?
If you are diagnosed with sleep apnea, don’t worry. You will be closely observed and may be treated using CPAP therapy, which stands for Continuous Positive Airway Pressure. Over time, this method will give you clear, unobstructed breathing patterns - and eliminate sleep apnea as well as its symptoms.
In some cases, a doctor may find that your sleep apnea is psychosomatic - i.e. rooted in conscious or subconscious physical movements. If this is your situation, you may also be prescribed oral medications that help correct your breathing at night. Alternatively, a doctor may recommend that you get a night guard that makes your muscles work properly, putting an end to snoring and interrupted breathing.
For more information regarding sleep apnea, possible symptoms and treatments offered by our dental clinic, please contact us at (732) 290-1660. Our staff will be more than happy to help you with a consultation and a free quote.