TMJ (Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction) & Sleep Apnea
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Treatment for Temporomandibular Joint Disorder & Obstructive Sleep Apnea in Brockton
Even though dental professionals are primarily concerned with your dental and periodontal health, they also treat disorders that affect the function of the jaw. When the jaw is not working properly, it can cause facial pain, as well as pain in the head, neck, and shoulders. If the jaw is misaligned, it can also interrupt your sleep and contribute to more serious health risks.
Your comprehensive oral health care at the dental office of Bill Vagenas, DMD includes assessments of your jaw function to determine if you have temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ-D) or obstructive sleep apnea (OSA).
Symptoms of Temporomandibular Joint Disorder
TMJ-D is a painful condition that can lead to nerve damage. Here are the common symptoms of TMJ-D:
- A popping or clicking sound when opening or closing the mouth
- Locked jaw, difficult to open or close
- Tenderness in the jaw muscles.
- Swelling in the face
- Pain in the jaw or face area
- Headaches that mimic migraines, earaches, or pain behind the ears
Although stress can cause temporary discomfort of the jaw, chronic jaw pain may indicate the need for medical intervention. Dr. Vagenas can do a full analysis of your jaw function and recommend treatments such as BOTOX® injections into trigger-points, or a custom designed occlusion appliance that you wear at night to keep the jaw in proper alignment and alleviate pain.
Dr. Vagenas Treats Obstructive Sleep Apnea
Obstructive sleep apnea occurs when your throat muscles intermittently relax and block your airway during sleep. This may cause snoring and daytime sleepiness. Dr. Vagenas can design an appliance that keeps the jaw in proper position while sleeping so you do not experience Obstructive Sleep Apnea. Other symptoms of OSA are:
- Loud Snoring
- Exhaustion upon Waking
- Morning Headaches
- Gasping for Breath Upon Waking
- Dry Mouth
- Irritability Throughout the Day
Serious Health Risks with Obstructive Sleep Apnea
Sleeping is the body’s way of strengthening the immune system and healing itself. When it is prevented from cycling through all the levels necessary for restful slumber, it can have serious consequences for your health, such as:
- Increased risk of heart disease and stroke
- High blood pressure
- Upper Respiratory Infections
Contact the Dental office of Bill Vagenas, DDS for Comprehensive Oral Health Care
For treatment that encompasses all the aspects of your oral health, contact the dental office of Dr. Bill Vagenas in Brockton. He provides thorough evaluations of your jaw that may reveal problems causing orofacial pain and sleep loss. Dr. Vagenas can also work with your insurance providers and other medical professionals to make certain you receive the care you need.