Effective Sleep Apnea and TMJ Treatment with Oral Appliances
Sleep apnea and temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders can cause serious, far-reaching health concerns and discomfort. Dr. Ron DiRezze can improve your overall quality of life by being able to assess, diagnose, and provide effective sleep apnea and TMJ treatment at our Shelby Township, MI, practice. By providing a customized oral appliance, he can help relieve discomfort and improve your quality of life.
Signs of TMJ Disorders
The temporomandibular joint acts as a hinge, connecting the jawbone to the skull. TMJ disorders may cause pain in the joint or in the muscles that control it. Common symptoms can include: discomfort and tenderness in the jaw; pain in and around the ear; facial pain; discomfort while chewing; and difficulty opening or closing, or moving the jaw from a locked position. A patient with a TMJ disorder may also experience toothaches, headaches, dizziness, and ringing in the ears. Common causes of TMJ include teeth grinding, poor teeth and jaw alignment, and arthritis.
Sleep Apnea and its Symptoms
Sleep apnea is a common disorder that leads to pauses in breathing during sleep. These pauses can be as short as a few seconds or as long as a full minute, and a person may experience over 30 stops and starts to their breathing in an hour. During a pause in breathing, you will usually move from a deep sleep to light sleep. Many patients often wake with a loud snort or choking sound. It is also common for sufferers of sleep apnea to experience headaches, weight gain, depression, and excessive tiredness and fatigue during the day. The condition can also lead to severe health concerns such as high blood pressure and risk of stroke.
For patients diagnosed with TMJ issues, potential treatments include customized bite guards, laser therapy, and surgery. If Dr. DiRezze thinks that teeth grinding is the cause of your TMJ issues, he may recommend a bite guard to be worn at night. Laser therapy can lower pain and inflammation in the joint to help your jaws align more properly. Surgery may also be an option for those suffering from TMJ issues. Dr. DiRezze will refer his patients to an appropriate specialist if he thinks that surgery may be necessary.
For patients with sleep apnea, Dr. DiRezze may recommend an oral appliance to wear while sleeping. The oral appliance is similar to a sports mouth guard, but it gently shifts the lower jaw forward to keep the airways open during sleep. For successful long-term treatment, patients should return to Dr. DiRezze for routine visits to adjust and assess the oral appliance. Some patients who do not respond well to other treatments for sleep apnea may need surgery. There are different types of surgeries that can help a person with sleep apnea, and Dr. DiRezze can refer patients to the appropriate specialist.
Treatment for sleep apnea and TMJ disorders can preserve your health and significantly improve your quality of life.
Preparing for Your Visit
Prior to coming to our office for TMJ issues or sleep apnea, patients are asked to fill out a sleep history form online. Dr. DiRezze will use the information to prepare for his consultation, giving him more time to make an accurate diagnosis. Because TMJ issues can have a variety of causes, Dr. DiRezze will need to figure out what your exact oral health situation is to provide effective treatment. For both sleep apnea and TMJ disorder patients, we will use our advanced dental technology to provide the most accurate diagnosis possible.
Alleviate Symptoms Today
Treatment for sleep apnea and TMJ disorders can preserve your health and significantly improve your quality of life. Contact our office today to schedule a consultation with Dr. DiRezze and begin planning your treatment.
“This is the best dentist I have ever had in 51 years. He never causes me any pain. He's very friendly and informative. His staff is a reflection of the personality of Dr. DiRezze. I'll be his patient FOR LIFE!” Ken R., Lake Orion, MI