Monday, February 22, 2010

Dr. Oz Demonstrates the Negative Effects of Bruxism

In November, Dr. Oz. ran a segment on the dangers of teeth grinding, or bruxism, and why it is important to treat this disorder.

Signs of bruxism include headaches, flat teeth and sore jaws.

Bruxism and sleep apnea often tie together. In November, this blog reported on a new study that found that a quarter of sleep apnea patients suffer from bruxism. People who have sleep apnea may want to ask their dentist or physician about bruxism and vice versa.

There are several ways the two conditions relate.

Bruxism can reflect anxiety or depression, both of which people with sleep apnea are at risk for.

Apnea can also cause daytime sleepiness, leading to high caffeine intake, which is associated with bruxism.

Dentists can help screen for bruxism and sleep apnea. If a person’s teeth look flat, it may be because of clenching or grinding during sleep. If they have large neck sizes, excess body weight, snore loudly, or feel excessively tired during the day, they may suffer from sleep apnea.

Both disorders can be diagnosed at an overnight sleep study.

Sleep apnea can be treated with an oral appliance. Click here for a list of dentists trained in dental sleep medicine.

This blog post from December further discusses how bruxism and sleep apnea relate.

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