There is a correlation between worn out teeth and sleep apnea. People who suffer from sleep apnea often experience grinding or clenching of their teeth during the night, which can lead to wear and tear on the teeth over time.
Sleep apnea is a condition where a person experiences pauses in their breathing during sleep, which can result in low oxygen levels in the body. This can cause the person to wake up multiple times during the night, which can lead to grinding or clenching of the teeth as the body tries to reposition itself for better breathing.
Additionally, people with sleep apnea may have other risk factors for dental problems, such as acid reflux or dry mouth, which can also contribute to tooth wear.
Can worn out teeth gives me pain when I wake up?
Yes, having worn out teeth can potentially cause pain and discomfort when you wake up in the morning. This is because worn out teeth can lead to a variety of dental problems that can cause pain and sensitivity.
For example, if you have worn out teeth that have become cracked or chipped, this can expose the sensitive inner layers of the tooth and cause pain or sensitivity when you eat or drink hot or cold foods and beverages. Similarly, if you have developed gum disease as a result of worn out teeth, this can cause inflammation and pain in the gums.
In addition, if you are grinding your teeth as a result of sleep apnea or another sleep disorder, this can cause significant wear and tear on the teeth over time and lead to pain and sensitivity upon waking.
Other potential causes of morning pain and discomfort include arthritis, fibromyalgia, and other chronic pain conditions. These conditions can cause pain and stiffness throughout the body, which may be most noticeable upon waking.
If you are experiencing pain and discomfort when you wake up in the morning, it is a good idea to talk to your healthcare provider to determine the underlying cause and develop an appropriate treatment plan. Your provider may recommend changes to your sleep posture, prescribe medication, or refer you to a specialist for further evaluation and treatment.
Call our office and schedule your appointment. Dr. Hervas is a board certified prosthodontics who specializes in worn out dentition and sleep apnea.