TMJ, Sleep Apnea, and Functional Orthodontics

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 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.

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.

Learn more… download our TMJ Brochure

Learn more… download our Sleep Apnea Brochure

Functional Orthodontics

Functional Orthodontics uses the body’s natural physiology in conjunction with oral appliances to guide the jaw and dental growth into an advantageous position for tooth position and overall resilience.

Benefits of Functional Orthodontics:

  • •Addresses growth of the jaw bones
  • •Makes room for adult teeth
  • •Considers the significance of airway and sleep breathing disorders
  • •Concealed appliances when possible
  • •Supports healthy brain development in children
  • •Addresses underlying neuromuscular habits
  • •Addresses headaches and TMJ Disorders
  • •Improves posture and energy

Learn more… download our Functional Orthodontics Brochure