Do you grind your teeth at night?
If so, did you know that bruxism (grinding of teeth) at night can be a sign of obstructive sleep apnea?
What is the Link Between Sleep Apnea and Teeth Grinding?
According to a study of sleep bruxism and risk factors in the general population, it was found that among the associated sleep symptoms and disorders obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) was the highest risk factor for tooth grinding during sleep.
If left untreated, bruxism can lead to tooth decay, headaches, and trouble sleeping. A number of health issues are linked to the condition, such as stress and teeth misalignment, but one of the biggest risk factors is a serious condition called obstructive sleep apnea.
What causes Bruxism?
People can clench and grind without being aware of it. It can happen during the day and night. Bruxism during sleep is often a bigger problem because it is harder to control and can be a sign of other sleep disorders such as sleep apnea.
Although there is some disagreement about the cause of bruxism, daily stress may be the trigger in many people. Some people probably clench or grind their teeth and never feel symptoms.
Factors that influence whether or not bruxism causes pain and other problems will vary from person to person. They may include:
- How much stress you have
- How long and how tightly you clench and grind your teeth
- Whether your teeth are misaligned
- Your posture
- Your ability to relax
- Your diet
- Your sleeping habits
Related other symptoms and diagnosis
- sleep apnea hypopnea syndrome
- sleep apnea
- sleep paralysis
- acid reflux and bruxism
- clenching teeth in sleep sleep apnea and insomnia
How can we help?
Sleep Medicine Program uses state of the art technology including the convenient home sleep studies or in lab sleep diagnostic studies to diagnose and treat over 80 different sleep disorders including sleep apnea, narcolepsy, restless leg syndrome, insomnia to name a few.