How Does Sleep Apnea Related to Dental Health?

Sleep ApneaSleep apnea - a breathing-related sleep disorder characterized by repeated disruptions in normal breathing that can last from a few seconds to over a minute – can have a big impact on your health. It can increase your chance of developing high blood pressure and your risk of having a heart attack. It can also result in daytime drowsiness that makes you inattentive when driving and at work, which can lead to serious safety issues. But did you know sleep apnea can also have a significant impact on your dental health? If you have untreated sleep apnea, you should be aware of these dental complications that may occur.

Tooth Damage from Grinding and Clenching

Bruxism – a condition in which you grind or clench your teeth when sleeping – is more likely in sleep apnea sufferers. Nearly a quarter of all obstructive sleep apnea patients also experience bruxism. If you are grinding your teeth at night, you may wake up with your jaw and molars feeling sore or temporarily loose. Your teeth become cracked or damaged.

TMJ Disorders

The temporomandibular joint, or TMJ, is the hinged joint that allows you to open and close your mouth. TMJ disorders and jaw pain are quite common in people with sleep apnea. It can impact your quality of life and your well-being. If you wake up experiencing jaw pain or if it hurts to open or close your mouth and you suffer from sleep apnea, you should get in touch with your physician.


Whether it’s from the damage from grinding or just from breathing through your mouth and drying it out so that the protective layer of saliva is not there to protect your teeth, people with sleep apnea are more prone to cavities.

Leaving sleep apnea untreated can lead to several health complications, including dental health. If you believe you may be suffering from sleep apnea or UARS, it is important to see a doctor who specializes in sleep medicine in order to properly diagnose and treat your condition. Call (203)-245-0412 today, or schedule an appointment using this form.

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We regret to announce that we will be closing the practice for in person and telehealth services for Sleep and Neuroscience Treatment as of 9/30/2023. The Practice was formerly owned by Dr. Malhotra and was located at 86 Bradley Road, Madison, CT 06443.

In February 2022, Waterstone acquired Sleep and Neuroscience Treatment under Dr. Thomas Abbenante, who has been working with patients in Greenwich and New Haven offices.

If you are seeking new services, please contact your health insurance company who can provide you with a list of providers that are in network with your current plan. For additional information or referrals, you can also contact the Connecticut State Medical Society at or by calling 203-865-0587.

For current or previous patients, please contact our agency for information regarding your account, appointments, or medical records. You may reach us at 203-245-0412 or fax requests to 203-427-0441. You will receive mailed information detailing closure and any follow-up instructions.

Please note that the business mailing address for Dr. Abbenante and Sleep and Neuroscience is:

Dr. Thomas Abbenante
Sleep & Neuroscience Department
c/o Waterstone Counseling Centers, LLC
86 Bradley Road
Madison, CT  06443