TMJ Disorder and Sleep Apnea. How Are They Related?
July 8, 2020

TMJ Disorder and Sleep Apnea. How Are They Related?

Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders and Sleep apnea are two different conditions however, they can be connected. Sleep apnea is caused due to the obstruction of the airway, which causes pauses in breathing when sleeping. If you are experiencing such pauses in breathing while sleeping it is important that you see your sleep apnea dentist or doctor and get it treated quickly. When left untreated, sleep apnea can cause severe complications to developed, including Digestive issues, Cardiovascular disease, High Blood Pressure, increased Cortisol levels, Type II Diabetes, sleep deprivation, Reflux, and even death.

TMJ disorder, on the other hand, is a problem that arises in the temporomandibular joint. TMJ disorder can make all aspects of life uncomfortable, from talking, eating, and getting a full sleep at night.

While both conditions are treated individually, research shows that they be actually connected to one another. Many patients who have sleep apnea issues can also experience TMJ disorder as a result of a discrepant and misaligned jaw joint.

Development of the smaller lower jaw also further effects the position of the teeth. When the teeth are not fitted together properly, the lower jaw will begin to fall backward, which can cause the airways to get smaller. In addition, the improperly aligned jaw can also cause temporomandibular joint to dysfunction.

These issues will constricted airways, breathing through the mouth, and disrupted sleep every night. As a result, it can lead to significant health issues and even death, when the organs slowly begin to shut down.

How can we treat TMJ Disorder and Sleep Apnea?

At Novi Oaks Dental, we use advanced dental appliances for sleep apnea to help patients with sleep breathing disorders. Experienced sleep apnea dentists, such as Dr. Ely, are well trained and experienced to treat our patients. With our expertise and our advanced technology, we can create a customized dental appliance that can gently and efficiently shift your jaw into the correct position while you sleep. This will not only help you breathe smoothly, but will also potentially reduce or eliminate TMJ pain.

To learn more about dental appliances for sleep apnea and how our team of sleep apnea dentist can help you resolve your problem, schedule your appointment today by calling (248) 347-3030.