SPRINGFIELD, MISSOURI — Sleep apnea, jaw pain and snoring are common contributors to getting a poor night’s sleep, which can impact everything from work performance and mood to driving abilities the next day.
“Sleep deprivation has actually been linked to and correlated with chronic diseases, including diabetes, cardiovascular disease, obesity and depression,” says Dr. Kelly Barnett, who is a periodontist and dental crowns provider for more than three decades “In fact, studies show that driving sleep deprived can be as dangerous as driving with a blood alcohol level about the legal limit.”
In a survey done in 2008 and 2009, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that 29.7 percent of adults in Missouri stated they were not getting enough sleep on 14 or more days in the past 30 days.
“Those are some staggering numbers,” says Dr. Marc Barnett, who does restorative dentistry, including dental veneers. “Our state doesn’t even have the highest number of adults in the U.S. reporting sleep deprivation. This is a big problem that needs to be addressed.”
Sometimes people are not aware of problems with snoring, sleep apnea or teeth grinding, officially known as bruxism. These are some symptoms the National Sleep Foundation says indicate poor sleep or sleep deprivation:
• Excessively sleepy throughout the day
• Headaches or earaches in the morning
• Unexplained weight gain
• Not feeling rested after sleeping
• Decreased level of attention, concentration or memory
“If you have problems with bruxism, you may also notice wear on your teeth and jaw pain or stiffness,” says Dr. Nick Matthews, who is a Nixa dentist.
March is National Sleep Awareness Month, so why not use it as motivation to correct a dental problem that has such a far-reaching impact on your life? Setting up an appointment with one of the dentists at our Springfield MO family dentistry is fast and easy.
Thankfully, there are ways to prevent snoring and minimize pain related to problems with the joints and muscles of the jaw or caused by nighttime teeth grinding. One of the treatment methods the NSF recommends is a dental appliance.
“We offer comfortable, customized snore guards and mouth guards for people with bruxism or temporomandibular joint disorders, which are commonly called TMJ or TMD,” says Dr. Tracy Davis who also offers expert implant dental work. “Now is the time to start getting that much-needed rest, so give us a call. We can help you find relief.”