Snoring Obstructive Sleep Apnea and Treatment Animation
Snoring and sleep apnea.In normal breathing, air enters the nostrils and goes through the throat and the tracheato the lungs. In people who snore this airway is partiallyobstructed by excess tissue of the throat, such as large tonsils, large soft palate ortongue. Another common cause of obstruction is the dropping of the tongue into the throatdue to over relaxation of tongue muscles during sleep. Air currents competing throughnarrow spaces in the throat cause the soft palate essentially a piece of soft tissuehanging in the throat to vibrate. This vibration is the source of the noise we hear when someoneis snoring.
Sleep apnea happens when the airway is completelyobstructed, no air can go through and the person stops breathing. This cessation ofbreathing triggers the brain to respond by waking up the person just enough to take abreath. This repeats itself again and again during the course of the night and may resultin sleep deprivation. Snoring and mild sleep apnea may be treatedwith a mandibular advancement device. This device is designed to move the lower jaw andthe tongue slightly forward and thus making the space in the back of the throat larger.
Dental Care Teeth Grinding Night Guards
I'm Joe Neely, and I practice with theBarton Oaks Dental Group. I'm going to talk about using a night guard for tooth grinding,or in many cases for tooth clinching. Since probably more people simply clinch with excessiveforces, than grind. The night guard has three purposes. The first purpose is to simply putsomething in between your two sets of teeth, top and bottom, that's softer than your toothenamel. The plastic that a night guard is made out of, even though it feels hard, ismuch less dense than your tooth, and so if somethings going to wear, the plastic willwear. The second thing the night guard does, is, because it has some thickness to it, itgives the muscle a different position to rest
in, and to function in. Striated muscles,if you stretch them a little bit, if you extend them, and then contract them, its therapeuticfor the muscle. It's the same thing a runner would do when they're stretching their legs,or ballerinas stretching out, or a gymnast. You're basically are functioning with thatmuscle at a longer position for the muscle. The third thing the night guard does, is,it gives your jaw support and yet freedom of function. The, the purpose of a custommade night guard, like any orthotic for our sh, sh, running shoes or whatever, is it canbe shaped to fit the patient's bite exactly. To where when you bite down, you have fullsupport, even support, and when you go through
the different motions and movements of thejaw, your, the, the plastic is shaped to where it puts that jaw through an ideal patternof movement, rather than a hard pattern of movement. The reason that you wouldn't wantto go to the sporting goods store and get an athletic mouthpiece, is that as you biteinto the athletic mouthpiece, your teeth, top and bottom, sink into that mold, and nowyour teeth are locked in position. And so, with the mouthpiece in place, if you needto, if you're functioning, then your, the teeth slide across the plastic. If they'relocked into position, and you grind, then the only thing that, that gets torn up isthe joint, and that's not a good thing.
There is a medical condition called bruxism it's when you clench and grind teeth in your sleep. Without even knowingit, this damages your teeth enamel and reduces their lifespan. Moreover, bruxismcan cast a vote against implants and caps, since whatever soft sort artificialteeth are, any ceramics is still harder then natural bone. So by grinding atnight, the harder ceramic will destroy the opposite natural bone even faster.However, there is a solution. Buy a silicone dental guard.It has two identical parts, each of them has a small handle. Hold it bythe handle and put in boiling water for 8
seconds, then immediately insert inyour mouth and clench your teeth hard. Repeat this 34 times, until youget a perfect cast of your teeth. You may cut off the handles now.This thermoforming process allows the protector to stick to your teeth allthrough the night, protecting them from each other. So, night grinding inthe bedroom should cease. Talking about beds, I'm sure a true visionarycan find a lot more bedroom applications for a teeth protector like thisone.