Sleep Apnea

Additional Specialized Services, Sleep Apnea, TMJ, and Botox (H1)

Sleep Apnea

Sleep apnea is a disorder that causes frequent pauses in breathing during sleep. During the hours you are asleep, it can cause high carbon dioxide levels and low oxygen levels in the bloodstream.

If this goes on it could be life-threatening, so the brain automatically wakes you up, though you may not be conscious enough to know. Sleep apnea sufferers often go undiagnosed for a long time.

Treatment for sleep apnea depends on many factors, and can include lifestyle changes like quitting smoking and drinking, and devices like breathing masks and things that can support the lower jaw to prevent the tongue falling back into the throat.

TMJ

The temporomandibular joint is where your lower jaw connects to the rest of the skull. Damage or erosion of this joint can cause Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction Syndrome, or TMJ.

Symptoms include jaw pain, bad headaches, teeth grinding, and sometimes ringing in the ears. Prolonged stress can aggravate the symptoms to dizziness and neck pain. Since the problem is often caused by teeth position or bad bite mechanics, dentists can treat it.

Depending on diagnosis, treatment may involve wearing a night guard to prevent teeth grinding, relaxation techniques, or in serious cases muscle relaxants. After consultation, you and your dentist may also decide on a tooth realignment, which modifies how your upper and lower teeth come together. It may involve dental restoration or adjusting the position of natural teeth.

Botox

Usually associated with cosmetic surgery, botox can be used to treat some oral and dental problems, like myogenic temporomandibular disorder (similar to TMJ), parafunctional (nervous, habitual) clenching, and trismus (muscle spasms limiting the range of jaw motion).

Botox works by blocking the motor signals to certain muscles that spasm or clench too much. The effects last about three or four months and then wear off.

There are potential side effects of botox if it escapes into other parts of the body, so be sure to talk to your dentist and get all your questions answered before moving forward with the treatment.

If you have any questions, concerns, or would like to schedule an appointment, please contact us today. We look forward to providing you with the personal care you deserve.

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