Many people are unaware that they may be grinding their teeth while they sleep. If you wake up with a headache, sore muscles in your jaw or sore teeth then you may be grinding. Sometimes your teeth will have signs of grinding (bruxism) when we examine them. This may be a habit that occurred in the past or is a habit that is presently occurring. People may go thru stages of bruxism in their life. Certain factors can increase your risk of bruxism including stress, age, personality type, as well as some medications and medical conditions. If you think you are grinding your teeth, let our team know and Dr. Sunderland will evaluate your need for a custom night guard.
Obstructive Sleep Apnea is the most common sleep -related breathing disorder and is more common than you think. If you wake up tired, your spouse complains you snore, or you have a difficult time staying awake during the day then you may have obstructive sleep apnea. We can screen you for sleep apnea and if you screen positive then we can refer you to a sleep clinic who will evaluate you for the proper treatment. One treatment involves the use of a C-PAP machine to keep positive pressure to keep your airway open while you sleep. However, some cases may be treated with a dental appliance that will keep your jaw forward during sleep. We can help you with this. The sleep clinic will decide which treatment is best for you.