TMJ and Sleep Apnea Treatment for Our Dallas and Fort Worth Patients
Did you know that problems with your temporomandibular joint can cause headaches, backaches, neck aches, ear pain, ear congestion, dizziness and more? Did you know that chronic snoring and fatigue are signs of a dangerous disorder known as sleep apnea, which affects as many as 12 million Americans? Because most residents of the Dallas and Fort Worth area rarely suspect these problems have anything to do with their mouths, it is common to find people suffering while their conditions go undiscovered.
At Granbury Dental Center, Dr. Baird and Dr. Buske have the training and expertise to diagnose and treat these conditions, providing relief from the pain, discomfort, and sleeplessness. We can help end your suffering at the hands of temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ/TMD) and sleep apnea.
What Is TMJ disorder?
The lower jaw is connected to the skull by an extremely sophisticated joint known as the temporomandibular joint (TMJ). Because this joint’s complex rotating and sliding movements involve or affect several parts of the head, face, neck, and back, malfunctions in the TMJ can cause a wide range of symptoms. The difficulty in diagnosing TMD in Dallas and Fort Worth area patients is usually that their symptoms seem to be unconnected. Our Granbury Dental Center TMJ experts, Dr. Baird and Dr. Buske, often diagnose TMJ after their patients’ physicians have come up short.
Here are some common symptoms of temporomandibular joint disorders:
- Pain or weakness in the jaw while chewing
- Bruxism (habitual teeth grinding)
- Clicking/popping sounds that occur when opening or closing the mouth
- Difficulty opening and/or closing the jaw
- Limited range of movement in the jaw
- Chronic headaches
- Ringing, congestion, popping, or buzzing in the ears
- Dizziness or Fainting
- Pain or stiffness in the face, neck, back, or shoulders
- Difficulty sleeping or nighttime restlessness
- Numbness in the hand
If you are a Dallas, Fort Worth, or Granbury, Texas resident experiencing any of these symptoms, you may be suffering from TMJ. Contact Granbury Dental Center today for relief from TMJ.
One of the reasons TMJ often goes undiagnosed is that it can be the result of a number of different circumstances. Here are few common causes of TMJ:
- Malocclusion (uneven bite)
- Jaw misalignment
- Jaw or head trauma
- Unbalanced muscles
At Granbury Dental Center, we begin your TMJ disorder treatment by determining the cause of your symptoms. Each Dallas and Fort Worth area patient is treated based on what caused their TMJ, so treatments vary. Dr. Baird and Dr. Buske have successfully treated TMJ cases of all known origins.
What’s the first step to getting rid of temporomandibular jaw disorder? Dr. Baird and Buske will perform a comprehensive examination of your teeth and jaw. Next, our Granbury Dental Center cosmetic dentists will review your medical and dental history, take a set of digital x-rays, measure the range of motion in your jaw, and perform a bite evaluation using the state-of-the-
art T-Scan® dental occlusion scanning tool.
After we have determined the source of your TMJ, Dr. Baird and Dr. Buske will design a custom course of treatment to return your jaw to pain-free, working order. How long will it take? Treatment time varies according to the severity of your TMJ, but the comfort of our Dallas and Fort Worth area patients is our first priority. That means we will focus on first returning optimal function to your jaw by relieving the pain, muscle spasms, and any barriers to a healthy range of motion. From there, Dr. Baird and Dr. Buske will determine how best to correct and stabilize your bite. Treatment may include an occlusal bite splint (a nighttime removable appliance), or crowns, orthodontics, or joint surgery for more severe cases. However, most Fort Worth and Dallas area patients treated for TMJ at Granbury Dental Center are restored to perfect jaw health without resorting to surgery.
What Is Sleep Apnea?
Sleep apnea is a breathing condition that keeps Dallas and Fort Worth area residents from getting a good night’s sleep. Usually accompanied by heavy snoring, sleep apnea involves regular disruptions of normal breathing during sleep, sometimes even several hundred times per night. In addition to causing restlessness and fatigue, sleep apnea can contribute to memory problems, lack of concentration, headaches, weight gain, and impotence. Sleep apnea can even be a factor in life-threatening conditions such as arrhythmia, heart attack, or stroke.
According to the National Institutes of health, 1 in 5 adult Americans suffer from sleep apnea and 9 out 10 cases are undiagnosed. Dallas and Fort Worth residents who fall into one or more of the following categories at the highest risk of developing sleep apnea:
- More than 40 years old
- Drink alcohol
It is important to note that while the above are risk factors of sleep apnea, women, children, and people of normal weight can also develop the disorder. The most common form of sleep apnea is called obstructive sleep apnea and is caused by restricted airflow in the upper airway. Other types of sleep apnea include central sleep apnea and mixed sleep apnea (central and obstructive), both of which have neurological causes.
Sleep Apnea Treatment
At Granbury Dental Center, we have been giving Fort Worth/Dallas area residents their restful sleep back for more than 20 years. Our treatment for obstructive sleep apnea is a simple, painless process involving a removable oral appliance custom-made for each Granbury, Dallas, and Fort Worth patient. These appliances, also known as splints, are worn at night and effectively treat mild to moderate obstructive sleep apnea by keeping your airway open. In addition, sleep apnea appliances made at Granbury Dental Center can get rid of snoring and often remove the need for surgery.
To see if you can benefit from sleep apnea treatment at Granbury Dental Center, serving patients in the Dallas and Fort Worth area, schedule your consultation today.