While snoring is a symptom of obstructed breathing, Sleep Apnea is a sleep breathing disorder that can cause a patient to grind or clench their teeth. Sleep Apnea is more than just snoring, it negatively impacts the quality of your sleep and your overall health. Sleep Apnea can reduce your energy, it can increase your weight, and it may indicate a greater risk for heart attack and stroke.
Disorders of the Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) can manifest as headaches, neck pain, teeth grinding, ringing in ears (tinnitus), facial pain, vision problems, ear aches and vertigo.
Why Sleep Disorders and TMJ Disorders can exist side-by-side
The misalignment of the jaw can cause a cascade of health issues. Sleep Apnea and TMJ Disorders very often coexist, sharing similar and related symptoms. The diagnoses for Sleep and TMJ Disorders can overlap; many or our patients have presented with symptoms of one disorder and actually have both. What starts as a clenched jaw from stress can affect the jaw muscles and may result in facial pain, headaches, ear pain, tinnitus, vertigo, and the inability to sleep due to pain. Pain at night time can also affect your sleep quality resulting in restless, fragmented or very poor quality sleep.
At Center for Sleep and TMJ Disorders our focus is our patients' wellness
We look at all the symptoms that are manifesting in the head and neck, and customize an individual treatment plan for each patient. Our team approach can include your physician, dentist, primary care physician, cardiologist, pulmonologist, rheumatologist, endocrinologist, chiropractor, sleep doctor, physical therapist, acupuncturist, cranial sacral therapist, or others. Our goal is to improve your quality of life, making you as pain-free and healthy as you can be with minimal medical intervention. You'll experience genuine and effective health care to improve your sleep and your life.