Jaw joint and muscle pain, and worn teeth due to clenching, grinding, and acid reflux, have been shown to have a correlation with a breathing disorder during sleep. Obstructive Sleep Apnoea, where there is an airway compromise, is part of this disorder. Your dentist may be the first person to see the damage signs of this disease and will discuss these issues with you. Frequently, individuals are completely unaware that they have a problem. In many cases, when the OSA is managed, and airway expanded again to allow a larger volume of air to move freely, both snoring and the issues mentioned about are resolved.
Stop Snoring with the help of an Oral Appliance
Trained dentists play an important role in working with ENT and sleep physicians in checking your mouth to see if a ‘custom made’ oral appliance would be suitable, and if so, help you decide on which appliance would be best for you. These appliances works by bringing you lower jaw slightly forward. In doing so, it brings the base of your tongue slightly forward, opening up the space and reducing the obstruction at the back of your throat.
The appliance is fitted and adjusted, ‘titrating’ the appliance for maximum benefit. The dentist will advise you to return for regular examinations to ensure that your appliance is functioning correctly and that your teeth, gums and jaw joints remain healthy.
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