From a study posted in Sleep Medicine

Several studies have reported that sleep bruxism rarely occurs in isolation. Recently, in an epidemiological study of sleep bruxism and risk factors in the general population, it was found that among the associated sleep symptoms and disorders obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) was the highest risk factor for tooth grinding during sleep.

Using a CPAP most breathing abnormalities were eliminated and a complete eradication of the tooth grinding events was observed. The results of this study suggest that when sleep bruxism is related to apnea/hypopneas, the successful treatment of these breathing abnormalities may eliminate bruxism during sleep.

At our sleep apnea dental office in Glendale, Dr. Wilcox provides snoring and sleep apnea treatment to many patients with dental appliances such as Somnomed’s to control their snoring and sleep apnea and improve their health. For the finest in cosmetic, sedation and sleep apnea dentistry, visit www.DesertSmiles.com for more information.

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