Diagnosing and Treating Sleep Apnea and TMJ Disorder

Woman after TMJ Sleep Apnea therapy Do you frequently experience pain or discomfort in your jaw? What about difficulty sleeping or constant daytime drowsiness? Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder and obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) affect millions of people in the United States each year. Many people believe to receive relief from pain and restore effective sleeping regimens that they will require extensive treatment, possibly even surgery. Dr. Rassiwala at Inspire Smiles Dental offers comfortable and minimally invasive treatment through custom-made oral splint therapy.

What is Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) Disorder?

TMJ disorder occurs when the temporomandibular joints or jaw joints become stressed or misaligned. The ability to chew, speak, and even yawn are made possible by this joint. A variety of factors can place stress on the jaw joints, including bruxism (teeth grinding), malocclusion, missing teeth, and/or trauma to the face or jaw. The misalignment or stress leads to pain and discomfort.

Symptoms of TMJ Disorder

Since our temporomandibular joints connect the jaw to the skull and controls all mandibular movement, TMJ disorder may make opening and closing your mouth difficult.