According to the National Sleep Foundation, approximately 8% of Americans suffer with bruxism. Better known as teeth grinding, this condition can be problematic for those afflicted, as well as anyone who sleeps in close proximity. In the past, the downside of bruxism was thought to be limited to damage inflicted within the oral cavity. For example, children and adults who grind their teeth most often suffer with facial pain, as well as increased wear and tear on the teeth. However, researchers now warn that bruxism might be related to sleep apnea, a serious condition that
Dangers of Sleep Apnea
Sleep Apnea might seem innocent. After all, most people can think of at least one instance of snoring (sleep apnea’s most common symptom) being used to
Snoring is one of the most common symptoms of sleep apnea, which is why most Americans may not understand the severity of the condition. After all, it doesn’t take make to recall a comic or cartoon in which snoring is used to convey comfort, rest, and a deep level of sleep. Contrary to pop culture references, sleep apnea (which may sound like snoring, gasping, or choking in one’s sleep) is a serious condition that significantly increases the risk of other health issues. These include:
- High blood pressure
- Heart attack
- Type II diabetes
- Weight gain/ obesity
- Adult asthma
- Acid reflux
- Car accidents*
*Shockingly, sleep deprivation has been shown to impair one’s driving ability in the same way as alcohol consumption. When sleep apnea keeps your body from getting a full night’s rest, the next day’s morning commute can be a serious threat to personal safety, as well as the safety of those around you.
Correcting Sleep Apnea with DNA® Appliance
At Assure A Smile, we take a holistic approach to dentistry that focuses on both oral health and total body wellness. We are pleased to offer products like the DNA® Appliance, which is designed to improve both the aesthetic and functional elements of your smile. Instead of focusing on just the teeth, the DNA Appliance uses patented aligners to encourage the jaw, teeth, and soft tissue to slowly and naturally fall into realignment over time. This new concept is referred to as Epigenetic Bio-modeling, and it has a profoundly positive impact on much more than just the teeth.
Visit the following article to learn more about the DNA Appliance: A Holistic Approach to Smile Enhancement.
Learn More About Miami Sleep Apnea Treatment
To learn more about orthodontics and sleep apnea treatment in Miami, contact Assure A Smile online or call our office directly at 305-274-0047. Our friendly staff is happy to address each of your dental, orthodontic, and holistic health inquiries.