Chronic eadaches can be a side effect of bruxism and sleep apnea, conditions that can be treated at Park Dental. Dr. Siddhi Patel and her professional team offer treatment to patients in the Hilliard, OH area.
Patients who snore or feel excessively tired during the day may suffer from sleep apnea. This condition occurs when the airway becomes momentarily blocked, cutting the flow of oxygen off to the vital organs. The soft tissues in the mouth relax and collapse towards the back of the throat. In addition to headaches, sleep apnea is often accompanied by symptoms such as snoring, dry mouth, irritability, difficulty concentrating, and feeling excessively tired during the day. If left untreated, sleep apnea could lead to a sudden stroke or heart attack.
Those with bruxism often find themselves clenching or grinding their teeth. Bruxism is a condition that can be caused by crooked teeth, a misaligned bite, or stress and anxiety. Many people may not realize they are grinding their teeth because bruxism often occurs unconsciously during sleep. Bruxism can cause jaw pain, tooth sensitivity, muscle tenderness, and lockjaw.
Treating Chronic Headaches
Bruxism and sleep apnea can be treated through oral appliance therapy Before treatment, Dr. Patel will assess your teeth and gums to ensure that treatment aligns with your particular oral health needs. She will also take your budget and goals into consideration. Similar to a mouth guard, oral appliances are custom fit to your exact measurements.
For sleep apnea patients, this solution opens up the airways and prevents the soft tissue in the back of the throat from collapsing. Oral appliance therapy stops snoring and treats sleep apnea relieving morning headaches and chronic fatigue. Oral appliances are a more comfortable alternative to bulky CPAP machines. Because they are comfortable and easy to wear, oral appliances offer higher compliancy rates. The discreet appliance fits easily in a case for easy carry on travel.
For patients with bruxism, oral appliances prevent teeth from grinding together. They also take the pressure off of the jaw and allow teeth to properly align. Most importantly, oral appliances are worn to prevent further damage to teeth.
Request an Appointment Today
If you have noticed any of the symptoms that accompany sleep apnea or bruxism, call Park Dental for comprehensive care today at 614.254.5116.