Sleep Apnea’s Impact on Pain
Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) in Kinnelon, New Jersey is a particular type of sleeping disorder that’s caused by restricted airflow at the back of the mouth and upper throat. When oxygen is blocked off during sleep, our body’s natural response is to tighten the jaws and clench the teeth tightly together. The next morning you’ll probably be more aware of headaches, TMJ pain, or sore teeth than you are the fatigue of poor sleep quality.
Aside from chronic headaches, common symptoms of obstructive sleep apnea also include:
- Weight gain
- Worn, flat, or broken teeth
- Cardiovascular disease
Oral Therapies for Sleep Apnea, Snoring
Instead of forcing oxygen into your airway by mechanical means (such as a CPAP machine) a more holistic alternative could be to reposition your jaw during sleeping to allow for optimal airflow. Oral sleep appliances do just that. If you have OSA, sleeping in a mandibular advancement device can improve your oxygen intake in as quickly as the first night’s use. These FDA-approved appliances treat certain forms of sleep apnea at their source: your mouth. Some individuals are even able to give up their CPAP altogether.
Advantages of Oral Sleep Appliances
Oral sleep devices are discreet, easy to clean, and take up far less space than bulky CPAP machines. With improved oxygen intake and sleep quality, your body can relax and get the rest it needs. Joint pain, muscle tension, and daytime fatigue naturally improve once your OSA is managed.
For more information on Kinnelon, NJ oral appliances for sleep apnea, request your exam with Dr. Logan today.