Did you know that orthodontics can help solve TMD and sleep apnea problems? Read about treatment options and what our orthodontists can do to help your oral health concerns.
What is TMD?
TMD (Temporomandibular joint dysfunction) is a disorder of the jaw joint, jaw muscles and facial nerves.
TMD encompasses a variety of symptoms including headaches, jaw pain, teeth grinding, and ear issues. Causes of TMD include injury to the teeth or jaw, misalignment of the teeth or jaw, teeth grinding, poor posture, stress, arthritis, and gum chewing.
What is Sleep Apnea?
Sleep Apnea, a fairly common disorder, causes you to have pauses in your breathing while sleeping. You may also experience shallow breaths during this time due to airway obstruction.
These interruptions in your normal sleep cycle prevent you from getting a restful night's sleep and can greatly decrease your alertness during the day.
How does orthodontics treat TMD?
In certain cases, orthodontic alignment of the teeth and jaws can help relieve the symptoms of TMD that may be aggravated by a bad bite.
Many symptoms, including clenching, grinding and muscle pain, are multifactorial and thus require an interdisciplinary team approach.
Our orthodontists will conduct a thorough exam and determine what course of treatment is best to relieve your symptoms.
How does orthodontics treat Sleep Apnea?
Mild-to-moderate Sleep Apnea can be treated with a variety of oral appliances to help improve breathing and airway during sleeping.
Orthodontic treatment can expand the arches and improve space for the tongue and the position of the jaws to allow proper breathing while sleeping.
Our orthodontist may recommend an overnight sleep study as a requirement to make a medical diagnosis of Sleep Apnea.