Uncovering Hidden Sleep Disorders
Dexter Dental Studio, the office of Dr. Sophia Cornish and Dr. Piiamari Bowers, offers myofunctional therapy with an orofacial myologist at their state-of-the-art facility.
Chronic teeth grinding, or bruxism, affects up to 30 percent of the population and could be a sign of an undiagnosed sleep disorder. Many suffer from chronic migraines, TMJ issues, neck and back pain. Upper Airway Resistance Syndrome, a precursor for Obstructive Sleep Apnea, is sometimes caused by the tongue falling into the airway. Other symptoms include poor sleep, digestive issues, fatigue, headaches and migraines, cold hands and feet, depression or anxiety.
Recent research shows that myofunctional therapy reduces the apnea-hypopnea index by 50 percent in adults and 62 percent in children, which leads to less grinding and improved overall health. A functional assessment with Dexter Dental Studio’s orofacial myologist can discover what exactly is causing this issue. One remedy that helps most people is to strengthen their tongue posture, which prevents clenching the teeth during the day. Dexter Dental Studio offers complimentary consultations.