What is the Relationship Between Bruxism and Sleep Apnea?

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Reviewed by  Monroe Elkin, BS PHARM., DMD


For many years, dentists have been aware of the relationship between bruxism and sleep apnea. Many patients suffer from both conditions, and there seems to be some kind of link. This link wasn't always clear, but recent studies have shed more light on this puzzling subject, allowing dentists to treat both problems with greater efficiency.

If you're searching for a reliable way to treat your bruxism, you should know that you can strive for genuine results without help from your dentist. Innovative solutions such as the CustMbite Nightguard and the CustMbite Hard Surface Nightguard can be purchased over the counter without a prescription, and they can provide considerable protection to your teeth.

Have Dentists Discovered the Connection Between Sleep Apnea and Bruxism?

One thing is immediately clear from past research: a surprising number of people suffer from both bruxism and sleep apnea. This suggests that there might be a connection between these two sleep disorders – a causal relationship, perhaps. So what are the theories? What might explain the connection between these two disorders?

Dentists have proposed several possibilities. Some argue that bruxism triggers sleep apnea, while others claim that it's actually the other way around. Some believe that the two disorders are actually completely unrelated, while still others state that the relationship is deep, multi-faceted, and poorly understood.

One particularly interesting theory is that people grind their teeth as an instinctual reaction when they have trouble breathing during sleep. Another less common theory is that bruxism causes issues with the nervous system, and these issues ultimately increase heart rates, constrict airways, and lead to sleep apnea.

How Can I Deal With Bruxism?

If you understand the implications of these studies, you already know that it's important to address bruxism. Sleep apnea is no joke, and there is at least some evidence to suggest that this condition might be caused in part by bruxism. Because of this, it's best to play it safe and address bruxism in the most reliable manner possible – especially if you're already struggling with both conditions.

The CustMbite Nightguard and the CustMbite Hard Surface Nightguard could both be solid choices if you're looking for a preventative solution for sleep apnea. Bruxism issues can easily be addressed with these oral appliances, which offer strong protection against teeth grinding. Along with preventing costly damage to your teeth, these nightguards are exceedingly comfortable with soft, flexible, and lightweight Vistamaxx material. They are also fully customizable, and you will have the chance to mold your CustMbite Nightguard to the unique shape of your mouth.

This all results in an incredibly low-profile and thin oral appliance that will not restrict your breathing in any way. You can even talk and drink with your mouthguard inserted for a totally comfortable and uninterrupted slumber.

What Are Some Options for Bruxism Treatment?

CustMbite offers two innovative solutions for bruxism treatment:

  • The CustMbite Nightguard: Soft, flexible, and lightweight, the CustMbite Nightguard costs just $49.99 and is completely customizable. Designed to protect your teeth from the adverse effects of bruxism, this is an obvious solution if you're looking for an affordable, over-the-counter nightguard.
  • The CustMbite Hard Surface Nightguard: Just like the baseline Nightguard, the upgraded Hard Surface Nightguard is soft, flexible, and customizable. However, it also boasts a patented hard surface layer for added tooth protection, giving you even more confidence and comfort as you sleep.

Where Can I Get My CustMbite Nightguard?

If you're ready to address bruxism and all of its potential side effects in a reliable manner, look no further than CustMbite's Nightguard or Hard Surface Nightguard. You can grab yours today, so don't hesitate any longer!

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Reviewed by:

Monroe Elkin, BS PHARM., DMD

Monroe Elkin got a Bachelors of Science in Pharmacy at Brooklyn College of Pharmacy in Brooklyn, New York. He then earned a Doctor of Medicine in Dentistry at the University of Rutgers School of Dentistry in Newark New Jersey. Dr. Elkin owned and operated his own dental practices for 29 years where he specialized in treating oral injuries for athletes, fabricated custom fitted mouth guards and performed both general and trauma dentistry for athletes at Wagner College as dentist for the athletic department. He also performed cosmetic dentistry including implants, crown and bridges, bonding and endodontics. Dr. Elkin has been a part of 3 publications and has held various positions volunteering for organizations that are about sports dentistry and oral care.

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