Benzodiazepines are psychotropic medications typically prescribed to help people manage their anxiety. These drugs calm the body and the mind. When used in the short term, they can be extremely helpful and effective. It’s when they’re taken continuously over long periods of time that they become problematic for users. A similar problem exists for a related classification of medications known as Z class drugs.
A dentist is equipped to identify two problems that present as risk factors for obstructive sleep apnea: sleep bruxism (a night time grinding of the teeth of clenching of the jaws) and gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), also known as acid reflux or heartburn. Fortunately, treating undiagnosed sleep apnea can provide relief for these other sleep-related problems.