Sleep Apnea and TMJ Therapy Los Alamitos
Sleep and TMJ Therapy at Aviara Center Los Alamitos
Quality sleep is becoming more elusive for many due to airway obstruction during sleep, commonly manifested as snoring and sleep apnea. In fact, recent statistics show that SBD (Sleep-related Breathing Disorder) has literally become an epidemic among adults and children in the United States. The good news is that advancements in medicine and dentistry make it possible for us to provide definitive solutions to prevent or improve SBD.
Our providers work closely with other healthcare experts to ensure a comprehensive treatment of airway-related issues including sleep bruxism, clenching, snoring, sleep apnea, UARS (Upper Airway Resistance Syndrome), TMD (Temporomandibular Disorder), and craniofacial pain.
Although the disorder will cause many uncomfortable symptoms, many people delay getting the treatment they need. While this might seem like a convenient solution, it can lead to irreversible damage to the joint if it’s not treated. Not to mention, it can cause wear on your teeth, increasing your risk of breaks and fractures. In severe cases, patients who don’t get treatment can develop a sleep disorder. This can cause inadequate oxygen levels while you’re sleeping, which increases your risk of potentially deadly complications, like heart disease.
You can stop your jaw pain and save your joint with the help of your dentist. After an initial consultation, your dentist will create a custom-fit oral appliance to reposition your jaw. The appliance looks like a mouthguard; however, it does more than protect your teeth. It moves your jaw into a more comfortable resting position. This takes the stress off the joint to reduce inflammation to stop your symptoms and improve your jaw function. Over time, your jaw will learn to rest there naturally for long-term relief.
Most patients can effectively treat their disorder using an oral appliance, but if that’s not enough, your dentist may recommend other treatments, like Botox injections, physical therapy, or orthodontics.