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Snoring & Sleep Apnea

Snoring & Sleep Apnea

Snoring & Sleep Apnea

Snoring and Sleep Apnoea
Night Grinding and Clenching – Night Guards

Many people grind their teeth during sleep. This is a common parafunctional habit. People cannot tell that they are grinding unless their partner lets them know about it.

Snoring and Sleep Apnoea – Mandibular Advancement Splints

Treatment may be by reducing weight, avoiding alcohol, correction of sleeping position (sleep on sides rather on back) or by dental devices which is excellent for snoring and mild sleeping apnoea. Patient needs to provide good medical & social history and need to have a sleep study test before the treatment. Dental treatment for snoring and sleep apnoea include mandibular advancement splints.

Another type of parafunction is clenching which strong contraction of the muscles of the mastication and expression. This condition has no sound of grinding like bruxism, only there will be pain in the muscles of face and dull pain in the dentition, there is also wearing of teeth surfaces. Those people will need special dental devices to protect their teeth, supporting tissue and reduce pain such as night guards

Snoring and Sleep Apnoea – Mandibular Advancement Splints

Obstructive sleep apnoea affects approximately 4% of males and 2% females. It has the symptoms of complete or partial obstruction of the airways which leads to hypoxia and snoring. The cause may be due to the tongue falling backwards and closing the air way and preventing oxygen from reaching the brain and hypoxia which may cause sudden death or cardiovascular diseases and day time sleeping which may also lead to fatal death during driving or machinery works in addition to disturbing her/his partner’s sleeping by snoring.

Facial Pain and TMJ Disorders

Some people suffer from unclear facial pain, pain in the jaw joints (tempro-mandibular joint), tenderness in the muscles of the face and may or may not has click in the joint. Due to some de-arrangement in the ligaments and muscles of the joint, this may cause severe pain in the face and headaches prompting the patient to seek treatment. The treatment may be as simple as construction of mouth splint to treat the condition or is sometimes much more complicated and will need referral to specialist in facial pain and tempro-mandibular disorders.

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