If there’s one thing TMJ disorders and sleep apnea have in common, it’s that they both affect your quality of life. If you struggle with headaches, jaw-related pain, trouble sleeping or constant fatigue, TMJ treatment or sleep apnea solutions may be your best option. Our Arizona dental offices can provide both.
What Is TMJ?
TMJ stands for Temporomandibular Joint — the jaw joint. These are the small joints in front of each ear that attach the lower jaw to the skull, and happen to be the most complex joints in the entire body. TMJ disorders (TMD) can develop when the teeth and jaw are improperly aligned and cause muscle strain.
If you regularly suffer from any of the following symptoms, you may have TMD and are potentially a candidate for neuromuscular dentistry:
- Headaches that seem like migraines
- Pain in and near the jaw joints
- Facial, neck, shoulder or back pain
- Clicking or grating sounds when you move your jaw
- Limited jaw movement or locking
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What Is Sleep Apnea?
Sleep apnea — specifically obstructive sleep apnea — is a potentially life-threatening condition that causes people to stop breathing during their sleep. This could happen anywhere from few times to a hundred times, and can last as long as 10 seconds, making OSA extremely dangerous.
According to the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine (AADSM), 50-70 million Americans suffer from chronic sleep disorders. Fortunately, dentists can actually help these people thanks to sleep apnea dentistry. That means instead of dealing with a bulky C-PAP machine, you can use an oral appliance to get a restful night’s sleep. Best of all, an oral appliance can also give you relief from TMJ pain.
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Our TMJ and Sleep Apnea Background
Dr. Patrice Winterholler specializes in helping patients get relief from TMD and sleep apnea with TMJ treatment and neuromuscular dental solutions. Her training in both orthodontic treatment and neuromuscular helps patients stop having headaches while letting them smile with comfort and talk with confidence. She is also helping patients get a restful night’s sleep with dental sleep apnea solutions. By creating beautiful smiles through cosmetic and orthodontic solutions, she has helped patients achieve their dream smile for more than 20 years.
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