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Connecting TMJ Pain and Sleep Apnea

If you grind and clench your teeth (bruxism) or you have been told you snore loudly, you may not think that problems with your teeth and issues with your breathing could be linked. TMJ disorder is due to misaligned jaw joints, resulting in chronic jaw pain and headaches, with bruxism as a common symptom. Obstructive sleep apnea is a condition characterized by frequent cessations in breathing during sleep, with snoring as a common sign. An individual can certainly experience one condition and not the other, but in many cases, patients suffer from both. 

Teeth that don’t come together properly can be the result of a misaligned or recessed lower jaw, which can also attribute to a smaller airway and greater risk for sleep apnea. Similarly, those who suffer from sleep apnea may grind and clench their teeth at night, increasing the chances of TMJ-related issues.Our dentists have the expertise to treat both conditions and by using custom therapy with oral appliances, can effectively resolve symptoms of TMJ disorder and sleep apnea together. Whether you’re suffering one of these conditions, or both, it is possible to resolve your symptoms and live a healthier, more energized life with custom sleep apnea and TMJ treatment in Maineville, OH!

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Signs to Watch For

  • Loud snoring
  • Teeth grinding and clenching
  • Morning headaches
  • Chronic jaw or muscle pain
  • Daytime fatigue
  • Pain when biting and chewing

Custom Oral Appliance Therapy

Both sleep apnea treatment and TMJ treatment involves custom oral appliances that fit comfortably over your teeth while you sleep. You may be tempted to purchase a rubber mouthguard from the nearest sporting goods store, but it’s important to know that our oral appliances are made from highly durable materials and custom-fitted to your mouth. These appliances can resolve multiple issues at once and can reduce symptoms of both sleep apnea and TMJ disorder. Depending on your needs, our oral appliance therapy can provide one or more of the following results:

  • Keep lower jaw forward to minimize airway obstruction and snoring during sleep
  • Keep upper and lower teeth from touching, reducing clenching and grinding
  • Reduce pressure and stress to the facial muscles and jaw joints

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