Sleep Apnea and TMJ Treatment Q&A
Sleep apnea and TMJ can interfere with sleep, work, and daily activities. Start living life again and let us help treat your sleep apnea and TMJ. Beyond Dental & Implant Center provides high quality, whole body, and airway-focused dentistry for the whole family! Dr. Cory Nguyen, our double board-certified dental implant and sleep dentistry doctor, provides personalized treatment plans specific to your needs. Call us today or schedule an appointment online. We are accepting new patients. We have convenient locations to serve you in Dallas TX, and Fort Worth TX.
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How is sleep apnea and TMJ connected?
Can TMJ occur due to grinding your teeth in your sleep?
How can I improve my TMJ and sleep?
What treatment is used for sleep apnea and TMJ?
Sleep apnea and TMJ have been linked as conditions that can reinforce each other and develop together. Through testing, it has been discovered that many people suffer from both disorders, leading doctors to look for a connection between the two to be able to properly diagnose and treat patients who have both conditions. Obstructive sleep apnea is caused by a narrowing or obstruction of the throat while a person is asleep. This narrowing or obstruction can be the result of TMJ, which is a misalignment of the jaw. TMJ can be caused from stress put on the jaw joint as the result of orthodontics, tooth wear or poorly designed or fitted dental restorations. On the flipside, sleep apnea can also worsen TMJ. When oxygen levels in the body drop due to sleep apnea, the brain sends out signals to multiple systems in the body to get more oxygen to the brain. One of these signals can be sent to the jaw muscles, forcing them to clench in an effort to open the airway. This clenching can cause damage to the jaw joint as well as tooth wear, which will make the TMJ worse.Dr. Cory is an renowned expert in this field and has the highest level of education for sleep apnea. Dr Cory has logged thousands of hours of advanced training across all specialties of dentistry, in world-renowned educational facilities around the world, well over and above the required continuing education hours he needs to complete annually.
Teeth grinding is also known as Bruxism and is often confused with TMJ. They are different disorders, with a correlative relationship. TMJ symptoms can be exacerbated and caused by teeth grinding, and teeth griding has been found to be one of the major causes of TMJ. So yes, TMJ can occur due to teeth grinding in your sleep. With Dr Cory’s extensive training, experience and highest level of certification in the field of dentistry, as well as his lifelong passion for the dental field, he can determine the source of your teeth grinding and provide the best treatment plan available. Teeth grinding in your sleep can lead to cracked teeth, decay, receding gums and wearing down or flattening of the teeth so it is imperative that you get a highly skilled dentist like Dr Cory to have a look before a minor problem turns into a major issue. TMJ and Bruxism can both lead to joint pain in the jaw, insomnia and sleep disturbances. The grinding of teeth at night can also be accompanied by a clenching of the jaw, both during sleep and while awake. The acts of teeth grinding and jaw clenching can both alter the teeth as well as the actual jaw structure and alignment, which is what leads to TMJ. Dr Cory’s extensive education and training in all facets of the dental world, with training completed around the world, makes him an expert in TMJ, and able to recommend the best course of treatment for each of his patient’s unique situations.
TMJ can lead to problems with sleep due to pain in the ear and neck, from headaches as a result of TMJ, teeth grinding during sleep and as a cause of sleep apnea. Helping relieve the symptoms of TMJ can result in a better night’s sleep. Dr Cory can work with you to determine if TMJ is contributing to your sleep apnea and provide a treatment plan to help you get the sleep you need. With his high level of certification in sleep apnea, as well as his extensive education and training in TMJ issues, he is an expert in this field and will recommend a treatment plan that is unique to each of his patients based on thousands of hours of experience across all facets of dental care. One avenue is pain management using either over-the-counter or prescription medication to relieve the pain caused by TMJ. This only treats the pain though and doesn’t address the underlying problem of TMJ. Dr Cory can fit you for a custom-made splint to wear on either your upper or lower teeth to prevent grinding while you sleep and relieve the jaw. There are also long-term options of splints available that can correct a bite alignment by repositioning the jaw. Many other treatment options exist such as Botox, steroid injections, physical therapy and orthodontics to help improve bite alignment. With his extensive training and experience in sleep apnea, Dr Cory can help you determine what the best option is for you and your unique case. Dr Cory is passionate about his patients and ensuring they receive the best treatment available for their situation.
Sleep apnea and TMJ treatment can go hand in hand to help alleviate symptoms of both conditions due to the link that has been found between the two conditions. Determining if TMJ is the cause of sleep apnea and treating it accordingly can provide relief for both issues. Working with a doctor specializing in sleep apnea like Dr Cory will provide the best diagnosis and ensure that the treatment is appropriate and suitable for each individual case. Dr Cory has been passionate about dental care his entire life and continuously pursues the most up-to-date information available to help his patients find relief from TMJ and sleep apnea. Sleep apnea can be caused by TMJ and TMJ can be caused by teeth grinding which can be made worse by sleep apnea. Participating in sleep apnea testing can determine what role TMJ is playing in the condition and getting treated for TMJ can lessen the severity of your sleep apnea. Dr Cory has worked with the top sleep mentors and advanced dentists in the world to expand his knowledge base and become one of the most highly trained dentists in Texas.
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