Spring is just around the corner! People are coming out of hibernation by losing the layers of clothes, starting diets to shed pounds for beach season, and taking part in spring cleaning around the house. It’s also a great time to schedule an appointment with your dentist and confront any nagging issues with your oral health. Don’t let your cluttered closet get all the attention, make sure to spring clean your smile and address any problems you might have.
Have you been waking up most mornings with a sore, hard to open jaw? You might be grinding your teeth at night, which is generally a symptom of TMJ or Bruxism. Your dentist can help you address your teeth grinding by fashioning you a custom designed mouth guard. This mouth guard is made to comfortably fit your smile and prevent you from grinding and doing further damage to your teeth and jaw.
If you have noticed that you have been snoring more lately, along with feeling exhausted no matter the amount of rest you get, you may be dealing with Obstructive Sleep Apnea or OSA. This condition occurs when your airway is blocked by mouth and throat tissues, preventing you from breathing for several seconds. If left untreated, OSA can lead to health issues such as high blood pressure, heart attack, and diabetes. Typically, OSA is treated with a CPAP machine, which pumps positive air pressure through your throat, keeping your airway clear during the night. Your dentist can provide you with a less cumbersome and more discreet solution by crafting you a custom-made sleep guard, which achieves the same goal by keeping your lower jaw pressed forward while you rest.