Have you ever wondered whether oral health problems could explain why you snore at night? While sleep apnea is often associated with obesity or excess weight and soft tissues collapsing over the airway, your jaw position and teeth also affect the airway. Acton, MA dentist Dr. Ratti Handa is an airway dentist who can help uncover and treat the underlying oral health problem to help you stop snoring and get a good night’s sleep.
Oral Health Problems Can Cause Snoring
Wisdom teeth are a common oral health concern among young adults. When the wisdom teeth are trying to erupt in the back of the mouth, they commonly become impacted, or infected, causing swelling and discomfort. This additional swelling in an already small area like the back of the mouth can cause snoring and make it difficult to get good quality sleep.
TMJ, or a temporomandibular joint disorder, is also linked to snoring and sleep apnea. This complex and delicate system of muscles, ligaments, and bone may become misaligned, causing pain, clicking or popping in the jaw, teeth grinding, and many more problems. The misalignment of the jaw as a result of TMJ could result in snoring, and you may also find that you grind your teeth at night.
Another oral health problem that affects snoring is an overbite, which occurs when the lower jaw is situated too far back, causing an uneven bite. As a person with an overbite is sleeping, their jaw settles even further backward, often contributing to the soft tissues collapsing over the airway.
How Does Sleep Apnea Disrupt Sleep?
Sleep apnea occurs when the airway is obstructed during sleep, making it difficult or impossible to breathe. The reduced oxygen supply to the brain during sleep makes it more difficult to function during the day, as your body is unable to get the restorative benefits from a good night’s sleep. Patients with untreated sleep apnea are at a higher risk of traffic accidents, memory and concentration deficits, and heart disease.
Early and effective treatment, including from a dentist offering sleep apnea treatment, can restore health, improve quality of life and significantly reduce your risk for greater health concerns including heart attack and stroke.
Dental Sleep Treatment in Acton MA
Scheduling an appointment with Dr. Handa is the best first step in identifying the root cause of your snoring. Our office can help with a variety of advanced treatments to solve the problem and help you achieve high quality sleep.
Contact us online today or call our Acton, MA dentist office at 978.212.3783.