Headaches, drowsiness, jaw pain, and other daily discomforts may be a sign of something larger. Oftentimes, patients write common occurrences, including the ones listed, off rather than addressing what may be underlying oral health issues. Millions of adults suffer from disorders, such as sleep apnea and TMJ. If left untreated, this can lead to a daily struggle. That’s why we’re here to help.
Your jaw consists of two joints – one on either side of skull – called the temporomandibular joints. They help hinge your jaw open for speaking, chewing, yawning, and so forth. However, tightening flare-ups can happen in the muscles surrounding the joint, causing clicking, popping, and pain. This is temporomandibular joint disorder, commonly referred to as TMJ.
There are several types of therapy for TMJ disorder. We can help determine which is best for you:
Sleep apnea is another very serious oral health concern. Commonly mistaken as a simple snoring issue, obstructive sleep apnea is actually the cessation of breath for several seconds at a time, multiple times a minute. If left untreated, this can be extremely dangerous, as over time it deprives the brain of oxygen.
Oral appliances and CPAP machines can help you get a great night sleep and lead a healthier life:
Both of these disorders can leave you feeling down and out, impacting your daily life. If you’re experiencing TMD or sleep apnea, please reach out to schedule an appointment with our team at The Dental Suite!