How Your Teeth Affect Your Sleep

If you’re having a hard time sleeping at night, your teeth may be to blame. Your oral health and alignment can impact your breathing, comfort, sleep patterns, and much more. Let’s take a look at how your teeth affect your sleep.

Toothaches and Jaw Pain

Having straight teeth is not just an aesthetic issue. Dental misalignment can cause pressure points on your jaw that lead to headaches, migraines, earaches, toothaches, and TMJ jaw pain. It’s hard to sleep when your head is throbbing, or your jaw is aching.

You may not need full orthodontic treatment, but you should look into correcting the misalignment issues that are causing you pain. You may find it easier to eat and speak as well when you get those matters addressed. Your dentist can personalize a treatment plan for your needs and goals.

Breathing Trouble from Dental Misalignment

The positioning of your teeth could put you at risk of sleep apnea and other breathing troubles. This can lead to snoring and breathing disruptions that jolt you out of REM sleep. If you feel like you barely get any rest no matter how long you sleep, you may be waking up throughout the night and not even know it.

Some dentists treat sleep apnea, and they can make you a custom oral appliance to control sleep apnea symptoms. You could also resolve breathing problems with dental adjustments, depending on your circumstances. Clinton Dental Center offers sleep apnea treatment, as well as TMJ facial pain treatment. Contact us to schedule a consultation.

Teeth Clinching and Grinding at Night

Clinching and grinding your teeth at night can affect your sleep. These habits may also result in facial pain first thing in the morning and excessive wear on your smile. Talk to your dentist about getting a teeth-clenching nightguard to prevent these side effects. It may take you a few nights to get used to the feeling, but you’ll soon experience tremendous relief and a better night’s sleep.

Resolve Your Oral Health Issues and Get Better Sleep

Correcting your oral health issues could help you sleep better at night. Clinton Dental Center offers many sleep-related dentistry solutions, ranging from dental sleep medicine to TMJ orthodontic plans and more. We can create an individualized plan that targets your specific sleep goals. Reach out to (586) 949-5363 to schedule an appointment or learn more about our services.