Ask the Sleep Team: What Does Tooth-Grinding Have to Do With Sleep Apnea?
My friend was just diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnea. She says that her dentist was the one who suggested she take a sleep test because he noticed that she had been grinding her teeth at night, among other things. She’s feeling much better since beginning therapy with an oral device. But I’m concerned–I grind my teeth at night too. My question is: what does tooth-grinding have to do with sleep apnea? Should I be worried??
Sleep Team’s Answer:
Bruxism, or tooth-grinding, can be an indicator of obstructive sleep apnea. In fact, many indicators in the oral cavity can alert a dentist that their patient may be suffering from sleep apnea. Let’s take a look at a video that explain the relationship between bruxism and sleep disordered breathing: