Teeth grinding and snoring may seem a small issue for some, but it can lead to many sleepless nights for you and your partner, severe headaches and ongoing dental and health problems if not addressed.
At Icon Dental we offer the latest in dental sleep solutions with a variety of oral appliances and injections of muscle relaxants to help you sleep better and look after your oral health at the same time.
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To ensure a good long term result for the investment in your dental health, it is really important that you visit us for your 6 monthly active maintenance appointment.
Bruxism (excessive tooth grinding or clenching) is a common complaint that you may never have heard of. Bruxism affects the lives of many people. Up to 90% of the community grind or clench their teeth at night. In fact you or your partner may not even know you are doing it. At Icon we can diagnose these issues and offer solutions to protect your teeth and enable you to have a more restful sleep. If you are one of those people you will have experienced one or more of the below symptoms.
- Waking up feeling exhausted
- Facial pain or headaches
- Teeth that are wearing
- Cracked teeth
- Neck, shoulder or back pain
- Limited movement or locking of the jaw
- Clicking or popping sounds in the jaw joint
- Pain or soreness of the jaw joint.
Did you ever think that these symptoms may be related to what is going on with your mouth and bite? Bruxism generally occurs during sleep, when a person is under a great physical or emotional stress, when a patient experiences anxiety or during times of concentration. Bruxism can cause disruptions to sleep patterns, severe headaches and is a major cause for cracked and worn teeth.
Your Dentist and Oral Health Therapist will assess your mouth for signs and symptoms of bruxism. If your Dental professional suspects that excessive grinding and clenching is causing problems detrimental to your oral health and general wellbeing, solutions for treatment will be discussed.
Experts report that 20 percent of Australians snore. That’s one in four men and one in six women. Research indicates that a snore can be as loud as 69 decibels; by way of comparison, the loudness of a jack hammer is 70 to 90 decibels! It is no wonder partners are waking with bruised ribs, or being kicked out of bed to sleep in different rooms! Here’s where the problem lies — while a non-snorer’s night-time air passage stays clear, for a snorer, the soft tissue at the back of the mouth is too relaxed. It flops down, partially obstructing the airway. Worse still, it vibrates – noisily, constantly and annoyingly.
It has been found that wearing a custom made fitted oral appliance similar to a mouth guard can be an effective method of treating both snoring and sleep apnoea. There are a variety of oral appliances, each different for individual needs. Statistics show that an oral sleep appliance improves snoring and mild to moderate sleep apnoea for 80% of snorers.
The appliances work when worn during sleep as they help to keep the airway open by either changing where the jaw sits, lifting up the soft palate or holding the tongue in a different position. You will require regular appointments so your appliance can be reviewed to ensure it’s solving your night time woes.
At Icon Dental we will be able to work with you and your health care team to manage your troublesome snoring and find an appliance that bests suits your needs. Different appliances suit different people, depending on their specific needs and medical condition, it may take more then one visit to get it right.