TMJ Dysfunction & Sleep Apnea Therapy – Charlotte, NC

Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) Therapy

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Is TMJ Therapy Right For Me?

Are you suffering with chronic headaches, neck pain, earaches, ringing in the ears, clicking, popping, or grating sounds when opening and closing the mouth, tired jaw or pain when chewing? Locking of the jaw when attempting to pen the mouth or limited jaw opening? You might be having a jaw condition called TMD, or temporomandibular joint disfunction.

Once proper diagnosis is made, there are several options for TMJ dysfunction therapy in Charlotte, NC that can be individually selected based on your condition.

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Possible treatment Options

  • Lower splint to wear during the daytime on lower teeth to try and stop the clicking and reduce the painful symptoms.
  • Upper splint to wear at night to try and prevent clenching and grinding.
  • Adjust your dental bite to remove interferences when teeth bite together.
  • Laser treatments which resemble a warm light that helps eliminate sore muscles and painful trigger points (knotted muscles) as well as reduce inflammation.
  • Surgical correction of the jaw joint
  • Medications can be used to relax triggered muscles and Botox injections.

SNORING

It has been estimated that 60% of men and 40% of women between the ages of 40 and 60 years of age snore. There are many reasons why people snore. Snore Guard is an oral appliance custom made for you at Dental Wellness of Charlotte. It eliminates snoring so you and your significant other can have better sleep without disruptions. The appliance has excellent fit and very comfortable. It is also made from very thin bilaminate polycarbonate allowing uninhibited oral breathing and jaw movement.

SLEEP APNEA

Sleep apnea is a type of breathing disorder which is a serious, potentially life-threatening condition characterized by brief interruptions of breathing during sleep. Signs and symptoms of obstructive sleep apnea include snoring, excessive daytime sleepiness, gasping or choking during the night, non-refreshed sleep, fragmented sleep, clouded memory, irritability, personality changes, decreased sex drive, impotence, and morning headaches. An oral appliance is indicated to treat Mild to Moderate Obstructive Sleep Apnea. It is very effective option for sleep apnea therapy in Charlotte, NC, and most importantly, oral appliance therapy is much more comfortable to use as compared to CPAP or bi-PAP devices routinely used to treat apnea.

Animated airway obstructed before sleep apnea treatment

While we sleep, gravity and muscle relaxation allow the tongue and surrounding soft tissue to fall back into the throat area, collapsing the airways and obstructing the air flow.

Animated airway opened using sleep apnea oral appliance

Custom-fit by a trained dentist, SomnoDent oral devices treat OSA by moving the lower jaw slightly forward. This forward movement keeps the airway open, preventing apneas.

Model smile with sleep apnea oral appliance

Continuous Open Airwawy Therapy (COAT) is a category of products that treat patients seeking an easy, efficient solution for OSA, or obstructive sleep apnea.

A proper diagnosis regarding head and neck pain is very important because serious medical problems such as vascular discords, brain tumors, cervical disc disorders, etc. produce similar symptoms of TMJ disorders as listed above.

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