The quality of the sleep we get at night impacts us throughout our day. Conditions such as teeth grinding and sleep apnea can disturb both our rest and our partners’ and cause a host of health problems down the road. If you suffer from such sleep conditions, Houston cosmetic dentist Dr. Kathy Frazar and her partner, Neuromuscular dentist Dr. Tom Hedge, can help.
They have extensive experience treating two major sleep-related problems—teeth grinding and sleep apnea—and derive satisfaction from helping their patients get the rest they need. Non-surgical dental devices can help curb sleep apnea, and custom-fitted night guards can prevent harmful teeth grinding.
- Teeth grinding is a common condition in which the patient forcefully slides top and bottom teeth against each other or tightly clenches the teeth. Teeth grinding usually happens during sleep, and teeth grinders may wake up with sore teeth or jaws.
- It can even cause temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder, side effects of which include headaches, jaw pain, and discomfort when eating.
- Common treatment of teeth grinding usually consists of providing the patient with a night guard.
- Sleep apnea is a condition in which a person ceases to breathe for 10 seconds or longer during sleep. It is caused by blocked airways; when the airway is blocked for a period of time, the body forces itself to wake up.
- Needless to say, sleep apnea can wreak havoc on your body and prevent you from getting quality sleep. Top Houston dentists Dr. Frazar and Dr. Hedge are experienced in treating sleep apnea.
- They can provide patients with non-surgical dental devices to help clear the airways and prevent apnea, which are actually found to be more effective than surgical procedures.
The following are symptoms the Houston Dental Experts may be able to help you with:
- Heavy snoring
- Waking up suddenly in the middle of the night
- Pain/difficulty chewing
- Bite misalignment
- Headaches/jaw aches/earaches
- Jaw clicking
- TMJ disorder
If you are having difficulty with teeth grinding or sleep apnea, visiting a highly qualified dentist may be the answer. Call 713-668-7137 to schedule your consultation with us!