You may be surprised by what your dentist can help you with – in some cases, you could receive help with problems that have interfered with your ability to sleep. There are several issues that may contribute to your struggles to rest effectively at night, and this lack of sleep can have a real impact on your health. Snoring and sleep apnea often make it more difficult to sleep; your dentist can help, and can actually help without using a CPAP machine for sleep apnea. Different tooth problems can also be a drag on your rest, or leave you waking up in pain.
1. Snoring And Sleep Apnea
What causes the distinction between snoring and sleep apnea? People who snore make the familiar low, rumbling sound because of partial blockages in their airways. For people with sleep apnea, these blockages are sustained, and periods without taking in air cause them to wake up frequently. Because the problem is rooted in your airway being blocked, your dentist can have an insert crafted that stops blockages from happening during sleep.
Bruxism is more likely to occur while you sleep, so that you spend the night grinding your teeth. This means waking up in pain, and potentially creating TMJ problems. If you do not see your dentist for help, you could eventually do real damage to your teeth.
3. Persistent Tooth Pain
Persistent pain in a tooth can make it hard for you to be comfortable enough to sleep. It can also be a sign that you need a root canal treatment, as it could stem from a problem with the living tissue within your tooth.