Relief From TMJ Disorder And Sleep Apnea
Jaw popping or clicking? Snoring keeping your partner up at night? Your daily life and oral health hinge on the health of your jaw and airway. Your temporomandibular joint, or TMJ, can become misaligned leading to chronic jaw pain, headaches, and teeth grinding or bruxism. Sleep apnea is more than just snoring. Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), the most common form, is caused by limited airflow while sleeping and has been linked to serious systemic health issues. Both of these conditions are so interrelated an understanding of each, the TMJ and airway management, are key to a successful treatment plan and healthy life. At Royal Dental Care, our award-winning team of dentists offers both sleep apnea and TMJ treatment in Schaumburg and Norridge, IL. Breathe life back to your oral health and your lifestyle with a custom treatment plan from our caring and skilled team.
Sleep Apnea Treatment: Rest Soundly Again
Do you wake feeling unrested? If you’ve been told you snore, you may actually have a serious condition called sleep apnea. Depending on the severity and the length of time left untreated, sleep apnea sufferers have been shown to be at a higher risk for high blood pressure, a weakened immune system, heart disease, and diabetes. Obstructive sleep apnea occurs when the muscles in your throat relax during sleep and obscure your airway. Your body will end up struggling to breathe by snoring, or gasping for air throughout the night in order to get the proper levels of oxygen it needs. We offer custom-made oral appliances to prevent this. Using our 3Shape TRIOS intraoral scanner we capture digital images of your oral structures without the need for messy traditional impressions. Using these scans and specialized software, we create an oral appliance, or mouthguard, made from a durable and comfortable material. Worn at night while you sleep, each oral appliance will open up your airways and help you attain the quiet, restful sleep your body needs.
Signs You Have Sleep Apnea
- Daytime fatigue
- Loud snoring or gasping for air
- Dry throat or mouth
- Poor concentration
- Weight gain
- Morning headaches
TMJ Treatment: Improve Function, Relieve Jaw Pain
TMD, or temporomandibular joint disorder, can be harmful to your daily life as well as your health. Jaw pain can prevent you from speaking or eating what you want. Ringing in the ears can hold you back from living a confident and ambitious lifestyle. If left untreated, TMD can cause permanent joint damage, broken or worn-down teeth, and even lead to sleep apnea. TMD is commonly caused by a misalignment of the jaw joints. Your upper and lower jaws connect at a hinge called your TMJ right in from of each ear. If your bite is off, or your teeth don’t come together evenly, it may put undue stress on your jaw joints as they strain to find balance. This can lead to teeth grinding and eventually cracks and chips in your teeth.
We protect your teeth, your health, and your lifestyle by offering two solutions for TMD treatment: oral appliances and orthodontics. Custom oral appliances can be made for you to wear during the day, or at night as you sleep. These mouthguards realign your jaws and help your joint relax. Orthodontics solutions such as braces and Invisalign® allow us to straighten your teeth, and your bite, to a healthier occlusion. We offer comprehensive orthodontic systems from our one, state-of-the-art location for your convenience.
Symptoms Of TMJ Disorder
- Jaw pain
- Teeth grinding (bruxism)
- Chronic headaches
- Jaw clicking or popping
- Difficulty chewing
- Ringing in the ears