Many people suffer from some form of a sleep disorder and the percentages increase as we age.
About 35 million Americans suffer from some type of sleep disorders each year. One common sleep disorder Americans face is sleep apnea. Sleep apnea is a condition in which the throat muscles obstruct the airways and nasal passageways, causing you to stop breathing for periods of time during the night.
Another common sleeping disorder affecting nearly 30% of the population is teeth grinding. The medical term for teeth grinding is Bruxism. Patients who experience painful teeth grinding have a condition in which they grind, gnash, or clench the teeth. Sleep bruxism is considered a sleep-related movement disorder and those who experience bruxism usually have other sleep disorders such as snoring and or sleep apnea.
Doctors and Dentist do not completely understand what causes patients to experience teeth grinding, but they believe genetic factors play a role. They also believe stress and psychological factors play a role in both types of bruxism.
There are many preventive measures you can take to reduce or eliminate teeth grinding. Your local dentist is highly trained in bruxism and would be a great partner in helping reduce or eliminate teeth grinding.
So for those in the Boynton Beach area give Dr. Hugh Rosenblatt DMD a call today to schedule your appointment. Dr. Rosenblatt will provide solutions to help end bruxism and help you get a better night’s sleep. (561) 737-8559.
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