TMJ & Sleep Apnea

There is Help for Your Pain

Your headaches, neck and back pain, jaw pain, ear pain, ringing
in the ears, anxiety, insomnia, and low energy levels may stem from jaw and/or airway issues. There are holistic, non-drug treatments that work.

Oral Appliances

An oral appliance is the first line of defense against a jaw imbalance and a narrowed airway. It may be all you need to regain normal function and restored well being.

In addition to the oral appliance therapy, physical therapy helps realign associated structures which have lost mobility. Nutritional counseling with a Functional Medicine doctor can further assess systemic concerns as you begin to unravel your condition. Postural training and adequate exercise or conditioning can develop core muscles that give you support to stay comfortable throughout your day.

Acupuncture

Acupuncture allows your body the rest and relaxation it needs to initiate its natural healing capabilities. A brief amount of meditation can relax the nervous system to allow for calm and gentle breathing.

Natural Remedies

Natural remedies also help. A small amount of olive oil applied inside the nose before bedtime decrease airflow resistance allowing more oxygen to reach tissue cells. Magnesium is recommended for tense muscles, digestion and insomnia.

Which modalities are right for you? That all depends on your specific symptoms and what you and your health care practitioner decide are best suited for you on your journey to health and well-being.

There are alternatives to medication for your chronic pain. Minor physical adjustments and increased body awareness make major shifts in your daily experience of comfort and overall function.

Feeling better on a daily basis is possible. Optimizing your natural vitality and releasing old holding patterns reduces pain, stress, discomfort and improves posture. You can feel better.

Snoring, Sleep Apnea, and Upper Airway Resistance Syndrome Causes

SNORING may occur when you sleep on your back, are overweight, have a large neck size, your tongue falls back into the throat, tonsils and/or adenoids are large, you mouth breathe while you sleep, are overly tired, eat or drink too late at night, have a cold or are congested.

SLEEP APNEA may occur when your airway becomes completely blocked and air is not able to move through your airway. You can hear someone with sleep apnea gasping for air and snoring during sleep to overcome an obstruction in their airway.

UARS is also caused by a narrow upper airway. Unlike sleep apnea, which is more common in overweight men, UARS is more common in normal weight women. It can cause headaches, neck pain, chest tightness, problems swallowing and TMJ pain.

Signs and Symptoms

Common signs and symptoms of sleep apnea include:

  • Snoring
  • Waking up gasping for air
  • Daytime fatigue
  • Falling asleep driving or watching TV
  • Morning headaches
  • High blood pressure
  • Cardiovascular disease.

Common occurring signs and symptoms of sleep apnea and snoring included acid reflux, teeth grinding at night, diabetes, mood swings, poor memory, symptoms of depression, anxiety, dementia, difficulty concentrating, ADHD, and insomnia.

Treatment

Your dentist can make you a sleep apnea appliance such as the one shown above. These devices pull your jaw forward to keep your airway open so that you obtain sufficient oxygen to keep your body functioning in deep sleep. They are easy to use, easy to travel with and are indicated for snoring, UARS, mild, moderate and, sometimes, severe sleep apnea.

If you or someone you love is having a hard time with sleep, please let us know. We can set up a consultation to determine if you are a candidate for a specific sleep appliance.

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