TMJ & Sleep Apnea
The temporomandibular joint is a hinge joint, which allows your lower jaw to move freely in all directions. Problems with the jaw and the muscles controlling it are known as temporomandibular disorders (TMD). While we don’t always understand what causes TMD, we believe many symptoms arise from grinding or clenching your teeth, which puts unnecessary pressure on the joint itself. In order to alleviate the symptoms and pain associated with TMD, your dentist can evaluate different treatment options. In some cases, a TMJ appliance can be made to prevent grinding and clenching by repositioning the joint to its natural, relaxed position.
Sleep Apnea and Snoring:
Sleep disorders, including sleep apnea, have become a significant health issue in the United States. It is estimated that 22 million Americans suffer from sleep apnea, with 80% of the cases of moderate to severe obstructive sleep apnea undiagnosed. Our practice makes it a priority to screen for obstructive sleep disorders and to give our patients the resources to correct them. Just like TMD appliances, our office has capabilities to fabricate snoring appliances, designed to bring the lower jaw forward and keep the airway open during sleep. This not only corrects snoring, but helps prevent apneic episodes from occurring.