tmj tmd headaches and snoringSnoring & TMJ Therapy

Do you or a loved one suffer from chronic snoring or frequent headaches upon awakening?

Dentistry is not just about teeth - your oral health is linked to these conditions and more:

TMJ/TMD (Jaw Joint) Disorders

Dentists have managed jaw joint dysfunction (TMJ/TMD) for decades. Signs and symptoms of jaw joint problems include tension and migraine headaches, jaw and neck soreness and teeth clenching or grinding (bruxism). Causes of TMJ (Temporomandibular joint) problems vary widely, but are often linked to stress, bite problems or joint damage from trauma or arthritis.

Snoring and Sleep Apnea

Chronic snoring is the result of restriction of the airway during sleep due to interference from the tongue, soft palate and muscles in the throat and neck. There are a number of underlying causes, and, in severe cases, patients may be diagnosed with Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA), in which the individual literally stops breathing for seconds at a time during sleep.

  • OSA is a serious condition that can lead to systemic illnesses due to lack of oxygen and restful sleep.

The dental profession has studied the symptoms of both TMJ and chronic snoring and has developed therapies that involve the use of oral appliances, such as nightguards or snore appliances, to alleviate symptoms. Our doctors are trained in these disciplines of dentistry and will ask questions about snoring and frequency of headaches to uncover the dental aspect of these conditions.

  • In some cases, we may refer patients with these conditions to a dental or medical specialist for follow up care. Patients with signs of Sleep Apnea are referred to a Sleep Specialist for evaluation.

If you or a family member are struggling with snoring, jaw soreness or morning headaches, we invite you to Contact Us to schedule a consultation with one of our doctors to see if you are a candidate for oral appliance therapy.