Sleep Apnea &
Sleep better and improve your overall health with effective, nonsurgical Sleep Apnea and TMJ Treatment by Dr. Kathleen Winn, a diplomate of the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine (AADSM). Give us a call today to get started.
What is Sleep Apnea?
Sleep apnea is a common and serious sleep disorder that causes you to stop breathing during sleep.
The most common type of sleep apnea is obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). It is caused when the tissues in and around your throat (like your tongue and soft palate) press down on your airway and block the flow of oxygen.
Your brain, deprived of oxygen, will force your body awake just enough that you can breathe. For some patients, this happens hundreds of times each night, which interrupts valuable sleep and REM cycles.
Your sleeping partner might notice your sleep apnea before you do. They may hear you snoring loudly, feeling restless, or waking up multiple times a night as these are common symptoms. Even being sleepy during the day after a full night of sleep is a common symptom.
Sleep apnea is possible in children and adults, and it can be related to many other health concerns.
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What Does Snoring Indicate?
Snoring can be completely harmless, but it is also the number one indicator of a sleep apnea disorder. Loud, nightly snoring should not be ignored especially if you are also experiencing other symptoms related to sleep deprivation and apneic episodes such as:
- daytime fatigue
- weight gain or trouble losing weight
- dry/sore throat when waking
- falling asleep while driving
- elevated blood pressure
Untreated sleep apnea will adversely affect your overall health. Request a consultation with us today and get on the road to deeper, restful sleep.
Treating Sleep Apnea
If you suffer from obstructive sleep apnea, Dr. Winn can help. Treatment starts with a general physical exam. Commonly, patients have used CPAP, but now there is an alternative, highly effective treatment available that Dr. Winn can provide.
Our office offers effective, nonsurgical relief from sleep apnea and other sleep-related disorders, including snoring. So give us a call and start getting the restful, healthy sleep you deserve.
Are you experiencing migraines, headaches, or pain in your jaw or neck? It may be your temporomandibular joint (TMJ). It is responsible for helping you chew, talk, laugh, and move your mouth. Strain or stress on this joint can result in pain, discomfort, and other problems. Call Dr. Kathleen Winn’s office for relief today.
What Causes TMJ and What Are the Symptoms?
Many situations can result in your temporomandibular joint (TMJ or TMD) experiencing pain or discomfort. TMD can be caused by injury, teeth grinding (bruxism), clenching, arthritis, and other stress to your jaw joint. Stress to the joint can result in pain in your face, jaw, neck, shoulders, or ears.
It may also result in your inability to open your mouth wide or in experiencing lockjaw. Commonly, TMJ problems result in clicking or popping the joint when you chew or open and close your mouth. Other common symptoms include toothaches, headaches, dizziness, earaches, hearing problems, and ringing ears.
How Can TMJ be Treated?
Dr. Kathleen Winn can offer relief from TMJ-related discomfort and bruxism. One type of treatment our dentists employ is a nightguard for teeth grinding. These nightguards help reposition your jaw, allowing it to relax and reduce discomfort. Our nightguards can also help stop grinding and protect your teeth.
We also offer occlusal (bite) adjustments to help minimize TMJ-related discomfort by aiding your jaw in relaxation. Less stress on your TMJ will mean less pain or discomfort. Reducing headaches, jaw discomfort, popping, and grinding will result in a healthier and more balanced life. In addition, the long-term effects of correct jaw positioning can lead to better oral and overall health.