A TMJ disorder is a condition that affects your temporomandibular joint. Often uncomfortable, TMJ disorders, or TMD, can negatively affect your quality of life by making it difficult to eat or speak normally.
TMJ disorders can develop when a disc in your jaw joint moves out of its proper alignment or erodes. TMJ pain might also result from cartilage damage or a blow to your jaw. Risk factors for developing TMJ include teeth clenching or grinding, arthritis, and connective tissue diseases.
Your dentist can diagnose TMJ after reviewing your symptoms and examining your mouth and jaw. They observe your jaw’s range of motion and ask you to identify areas of discomfort. Your dentist also uses dental X-rays to evaluate your maxillary structures, diagnose the severity of your condition, and develop a treatment plan.
Specialists at the Center for Advanced Dentistry personalize TMJ treatments based on your needs and preferences. Some standard treatment options include:
Sleep apnea is a type of sleep disorder where you repeatedly start and stop breathing or gasp for air while you sleep. Obstructive sleep apnea is a common form of sleep apnea that obstructs breathing because your throat muscles relax, narrowing your airway.
Signs and symptoms that might indicate you have sleep apnea include:
If left untreated, sleep apnea can lead to cardiovascular or respiratory complications and unpleasant symptoms associated with the condition.
To determine if you have sleep apnea, your provider reviews your symptoms and medical history. They examine your mouth, throat, and breathing and might recommend you complete home sleep tests to measure oxygen levels, heart rate, and airflow patterns while you sleep.
The dental experts at the Center for Advanced Dentistry can customize an oral appliance to wear at night to reduce or eliminate snoring and breathing problems. Oral appliances for sleep apnea are small, flexible mouthpieces. They properly position your upper and lower jaw to keep your airway open and give you a restful night’s sleep.
A continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) device is another sleep apnea treatment that uses air pressure, tubes, and a mask to push your tongue forward and open your airway during sleep. It can reduce snoring and prevent breathing problems.
The experts at the Center for Advanced Dentistry are equipped with the latest dental technology and advanced training in various specialties. This means that we are ready and able to help you solve your airway issues. Get in touch today to find out more!
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