Sleep Apnea/TMJ Treatment
Sleep Apnea affects many Americans. Our knowledge of this affliction has grown massively over the last 10 years. We now more thoroughly understand the cascade effect that occurs with Obstructive Sleep Disorders. We also better understand how women and children respond differently to treatment than men do. Our treatment aims to correct the anatomical problem and not just treat a symptom.
Causes Of Sleep Apnea

Obstructive Sleep Apnea occurs when the airway closes off. Obstructive Sleep Apnea is a very common chronic disorder that may create respiratory or cardiovascular complications if left untreated.

Signs that you may have Obstructive Sleep Apnea are:

  • Snore loudly
  • Gasp for air or pause breathing during sleep
  • Feel sleepy during the day and sometimes fall asleep at inappropriate times
  • Wake up more than 2 times a night to use the bathroom.
  • If you are more than 30 pounds over weight with a large neck size.
Obstructive Sleep Apnea

GV Smiles works with sleep apnea dental patients in the Fairfield area. Obstructive Sleep Apnea is very common and if left untreated can cause individuals to stop breathing during their sleep for a minute or more. Each time this happens the brain will wake a person up for a moment in order to get them breathing again, which results in sleep being interrupted frequently and leaving the individual tired throughout the day.

Obstructive Sleep Apnea
If your bed partner notices that you snore or gasp for air regularly while sleeping, you may have Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA). Not everyone who snores has OSA, however everyone who has OSA does snore. OSA is a condition in which people stop breathing for short periods, several times if not hundreds of times per night. Sleep apnea effects 13-17% of all adult Americans. Undetected sleep apnea is serious and can lead to obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure, heart attack, stroke and even death. Sever Obstructive Sleep Apnea can take 10 to 15 years off one's life.

Obstructive Sleep Apnea Diagnosis
OSA can only be properly diagnosed by a board-certified M.D. in sleep medicine. This is done either through spending a night in a sleep lab connected to wires and monitors or by a home sleep test. In our office, we have home sleep testing monitors which you can wear to bed in your own home.

When you bring the testing unit back to our office, we will upload the data stored in the unit to a board-certified sleep physician who will diagnose if you have sleep apnea. The physician will also determine how severe the sleep apnea is and prescribe what treatment options would be appropriate. Treatment options include dental, medical or surgical.

Obstructive Sleep Apnea Symptoms

  • If you are told by your bed partner that you snore or gasp for air during your sleep.
  • If you are tired and un-rested after sleep and need to take frequent naps.
  • If you have hard-to-treat blood pressure.
  • If you are obese and/or have a collar size larger than 16 inches for women or 17 inches for men.
  • If you wake up with a dry or sore throat.
  • If you are irritable in the morning or have morning headaches.
  • If your legs feel twitchy at night.

TMD/TMJ has become a common problem in our society. TMJ/TMD is when the jaw joints pop, click and hurt. Treating TMD can be quite tricky as well as time consuming. There are numerous potential contributors to jaw joint pain. This is due to the large number of muscles, tendons and nerves located in this particular area. Sometimes back trauma can even manifest as TMD.
WHAT IS TMJ / TMD?

TMJ/TMD
TMJ stands for Temporomandibular Joint which is our jaw joint. TMD is a term that is used to included Disorder of the jaw joint. This includes popping, clicking, sticking open, sticking closed, altered movements when opening or closing, pain or discomfort. There can also be headaches, neck aches, migraines, ear congestion, muscle aches, tightness and even tooth pain..

TMD Causes:
TMD has been linked to Sleep Apnea and is not considered a symptom and possible sign that a person has a Sleep Disorder. Grind has also been associated with both Sleep Apnea and TMD. Some of the causes of joint disorders are trauma (whiplash), poor bite, tooth loss and many more.

TMJ or The Temporomandibular Joint

They are the two joints which connect the lower jaw to the temporal bone at the side of the head. If you place your fingers just in front of your ears and open your mouth, you can feel the joint on each side of the head. Because these joints are flexible, the jaw can move smoothly up and down and side to side, enabling us to talk, chew and yawn. When the TMJ is not functioning normally and it is not within its physiological limits, it creates a condition called TMD, or Temporomandibular Dysfunction.

TMD is a group of conditions resulting from not having a normal function or "comfortable" positioning of the TMJ, and will present as a cycle of pain, muscle spasms and jaw problems. When teeth are missing, out of alignment, crowded or misshaped, chewing and biting cannot be achieved in a balanced way, so the TMJ and the muscles of chewing try to compensate for this unbalanced movement which results in symptoms that will confirm the presence of TMD.

Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (TMD) is not just a disorder, but a group of conditions, often painful, that affect the jaw joint or Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) and the muscles that control chewing.

TMD falls into three main categories:

  1. Myofascial pain, the most common form of TMD, which is discomfort or pain in the muscles that control jaw functions and the neck and shoulder muscles.
  2. Internal derangement of the joint meaning a dislocated or displaced disc or injury to the condyle (the rounded part at the end of the jaw bone).
  3. Degenerative joint disease such as Osteoarthritis or Rheumatoid Arthritis in the jaw joint. Causes of TMJ/TMD
Sitemap Dental Website Design Dental Patient Education Dentist Network Online Privacy Policy Client Admin