CPAP machines have been seen as a genuine lifesaver for anyone suffering from sleep apnoea. They offer immediate relief and long-term management of the condition, helping people get to sleep without disruption or distress. But CPAP machines can also benefit dental health in unexpected ways.
The air pressure delivered through the machine is known to reduce symptoms associated with sleep apnoea such as snoring and teeth grinding, which often go hand-in-hand with the condition. Teeth grinding (or bruxism) can be quite damaging to teeth and gums if left unchecked, leading to receding gums, tooth sensitivity and even cracked teeth. CPAP therapy helps mitigate this risk by reducing the intensity of these habits, providing relief from disruptive grinding.
Another benefit is that the air pressure delivered by CPAP machines helps to stimulate saliva production in the mouth. Saliva is a natural defence against bacteria and tooth decay, helping to keep teeth healthy and plaque-free. Regular use of CPAP therapy can therefore help maintain stronger teeth and healthier gums over the long term.
CPAP machines are often seen as essential for those with sleep apnoea, but they offer many more benefits than just better sleep quality – dental health being one of them! With regular use, CPAP machines may be able to make a tangible difference in improving oral health as well as reducing the symptoms of sleep apnoea.