Do you experience pain and discomfort in your jaw very frequently? If yes, you may be suffering from Temporomandibular Joint Disorder and Obstructive Sleep Apnea. Every year, millions of people get affected by these problems. Our dental practice offers comfortable and minimally invasive treatments using custom-made oral splint therapy that provides you relief.

What is Temporomandibular Joint Disorder?

Temporomandibular Joint Disorder or TMD occurs as a result of stressing or misalignment of your temporomandibular joints or jaw joints. This problem also affects your ability to speak, chew, or even yawn. Several factors such as teeth grinding, missing teeth, malocclusion cause this problem and lead to extreme pain and discomfort.

Symptoms of TMJ Disorder

  • Pain or tenderness in the jaw
  • Throbbing pain in one or both your temporomandibular joints
  • Pain around your ear
  • Difficulty and pain while chewing food
  • Excruciating facial pain
  • Locking of the joint while opening or closing your mouth

What is Sleep Apnea?

Sleep Apnea occurs when your breathing is interrupted while you are sleeping, thereby depriving the body of oxygen. There are three different forms of sleep apnea, namely obstructive sleep apnea, central sleep apnea, and complex sleep apnea.

OSA or obstructive sleep apnea is the most common of all where the soft tissues located at the back of your throat block the airway. Such deprivation of oxygen may result in abnormal heart rhythms and also disrupt the quality of your sleep. Central sleep apnea is caused when your brain cannot communicate properly with the muscles that control your breathing. People with neuromuscular disease fall prey to central sleep apnea. Complex sleep apnea is a combination of the above two forms.

Consequences of Sleep Apnea

If sleep apnea is not addressed on time, it may lead to many other problems, the most common of which is daytime fatigue. You may also fall asleep at work and become vulnerable to other issues such as Type 2 diabetes, metabolic syndrome, high blood pressure, liver problems, etc.

Treatment of TMJ Sleep Apnea

Upon suffering from the symptoms of both problems, it is advisable to visit our dental clinic and have a consultation with our dentist. Our specialist will learn about your medical history and design a customized treatment plan to address your concerns. You will be given the required therapies and medication to relieve you of the pain and discomfort. Both TMJ and Sleep Apnea call for dental attention, which otherwise may heighten the symptoms and affect your everyday routine significantly.

Please reach out to Stockton Creative Dental in Stockton, CA, to have a consultation with our dentist, Dr. Rassiwala. Please call us at (209) 466-5000 or schedule an online consultation, and we’ll guide you further.