Are you waking up feeling tired and achy after a good night’s sleep?
Then it may be time to think about what might be going on with your mouth while you’re sleeping! The most common ailment that prevents people from waking up feeling refreshed is a condition called bruxism, or teeth-grinding. This can occur during the day as well, but many people do it unconsciously while they sleep. The pressure that grinding your teeth puts a lot of stress on your jawbone and muscles, leaving you with jaw discomfort during the day, especially right when you wake up. Usually teeth grinding happens more often when you’re stressed, but it could also be something that happens nightly. Never fear–it’s an easy problem to fix! Many types of nightguards can be made right in the office, so we can always find something to fit your style and comfort level to make sure you’re getting a better night’s sleep.
Another more serious problem that could be leading to this feeling is a condition called sleep apnea. Sleep apnea occurs when you stop breathing for 10 seconds or more at a time and can last even up to a couple of minutes. This happens repeatedly throughout the night. Has your partner or loved one ever told you that you snore? Snoring is usually a good indicator that you may suffer from sleep apnea because it is an abnormal breathing pattern that can happen when you’re sleeping. It sounds scary, but this issue is also an easy one to treat. Again, certain types of oral devices can prevent this problem from continuing–all it takes is a consultation with Dr. Carter and her team, experts in the field of sleep apnea prevention.