Sleep Apnea Treatment
Obstructive sleep apnea is a condition where the airway is blocked during sleep. Millions of people suffer from sleep apnea, and many require invasive CPAP machines and other devices to control their condition. At Southern California TMJ and Sleep Center, we understand common causes of sleep apnea related to oral health and jaw misalignment issues. We offer non-invasive sleep apnea treatment at our clinic in San Diego, CA.
TMJ disorders and sleep apnea are often related and caused by the same oral issues. An overbite or recessed lower jaw are key traits in many people with TMJ and sleep apnea. When the lower jaw is recessed, it puts stress on the jaw joints, which can result in TMD syndrome. It also can push tissues backward into the throat and airway region, which can result in sleep apnea.
Sleep apnea occurs when the airway is blocked dozens or more times each night. This cuts off oxygen and results in poor sleep and other health conditions. Patients with sleep apnea often snore and gasp throughout the night. Symptoms include waking up with headaches and feeling fatigued due to poor rest. More concerning, those with sleep apnea are at higher risk for serious health conditions including high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease, diabetes and more.
Relieving TMJ and Sleep Apnea
For many people, TMJ and sleep apnea go hand-in-hand, and so does the treatment. Dr. Bob Perkins is a highly respected TMJ/sleep apnea dentist who specializes in jaw realignment to remedy both conditions. There are non-invasive treatments such as orthodontics, physical therapy, mouthguards and other oral devices that can shift the jaw and bite alignment. This can relieve pressure on the airway for those with sleep apnea, needing to use an intrusive CPAP machine. It can also adjust the jaw to relieve TMJ symptoms as well as sleep apnea.
If you suffer from sleep apnea, TMD or both, there are effective treatments available. Contact us at Southern California TMJ and Sleep Center to schedule an informative consultation with Dr. Perkins. Call our clinic in San Diego, CA, today to book your appointment, and begin living a life free from sleep apnea symptoms.