Oral Signs and Symptoms of Sleeping Disorders

Snoring isn’t the only sign that you could possibly have a sleeping disorder. Your mouth may actually reveal other symptoms you didn’t know about.

Even though you think about sleeping disorders (such as obstructive sleep apnea) as interfering with your energy level or causing headaches, it can also take a toll on your body. Your blood pressure going up is just an example. When it comes to your mouth, there are a few other things to keep an eye out for.

Flat, Worn, Fractured Teeth — When your brain and body aren’t getting enough oxygen, it’s natural for your TMJ to tighten and your oral muscles to clench up. As a result, your teeth clench and grind tightly together. Over time all of that bruxism can take a toll on your tooth enamel and existing dental work.

Enlarged Tonsils and Other Oral Tissues — Airway obstruction at the back of your throat could be due to enlarged soft tissues. That’s why it’s called “obstructive” sleep apnea (OSA). When your tongue slips back against them, everything seals off your airway.

Large Neck Circumference — Although technically not inside of your mouth, it’s linked to it. Measure the circumference of your neck. If it’s more than 16” for a woman or 17” for a man, respectively, you’re at a statistically higher risk of having some form of sleeping disorder like OSA.

A Screening is the First Step

At Buford Sleep, we can guide you through the sleeping disorder screening process. Including recommending a home sleep study if needed. Contact us today to find out how we can help you get a better night’s rest!