Sensitive teeth when you wake up? You are not alone.
Do not worry if you wake up with sore and tired jaw muscles or with slightly sensitive teeth in the morning. These symptoms could indicate that you grind or clench your teeth during the night, a condition also known as bruxism. If left untreated, bruxism can sometimes lead to cavities, headaches and sleep disturbances.
Bruxism occurs in most people at some point in their lives. Teeth grinding and jaw clenching are the two main features of this condition, which can occur both during the day and the night. It is one of the best-known sleep disorders and causes most of its damages during sleep hours. The symptoms that accompany bruxism are indicative of a faulty chewing reflex that usually does not exist in others when they sleep.
Earaches, depression, headaches, eating disorders and anxiety are some of the possible symptoms of bruxism. Only a qualified professional like Dr. Habra can make the difference between normal wear and other causes such as bruxism, aggressive brushing, soft drinks even abrasive foods.
You think you might be suffering from sleep apnea? Dr. Habra can help you
Nowadays, almost one in four people with obstructive sleep apnea will grind their teeth at night (not to mention men are also more likely to be affected). Sleep apnea occurs when the throat muscles relax during the night and block the airways stopping the breathing process temporarily. If you wish, Dr. Habra will be happy to help you understand sleep apnea and answer all your questions about this condition. He will also help you look for the signs, understand your symptoms and will able to refer you to a sleep specialist if necessary.
People prone to clenching teeth, night grinding, and TMJ disorders could potentially benefit from an occlusal plaque. These are removable dental appliances that are carefully molded and used to protect your teeth, restoration surfaces and to manage jaw dysfunctions. Dr. Habra will be happy to discuss whether this treatment is appropriate for you.