Sleep Apnea and TMD

By Progressive Dental Group
August 26, 2021
Category: Oral Health
Tags: sleep apnea   TMD  

At Progressive Dental Group, Dr. David Salah can provide Novi MI residents with many types of unique care options. For example, he fully understands the connection between sleep apnea and TMD. The latter, a common dental problem, may cause other conditions if it is allowed to worsen. Thankfully, sleep apnea treatment can minimize this concern and ensure that you are safe and healthy for years to come.

The Connection Between TMD and Sleep Apnea

Your jawbone has many joints and other parts that you may not fully understand. For example, the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) connects your jaw to your skull and is the primary joint for speech. As you talk, this joint is heavily used and may end up experiencing pain. In addition, other people may develop a temporomandibular disorder (TMD) that may affect many elements of their overall health. 

For example, you may have joint clicking or popping and very sore facial muscles that are very tight around the affected area. This type of pain can worsen over time and be connected to a surprising array of different, seemingly unrelated problems. For example, around 43% of all people with TMD have sleep apnea or other sleeping trouble. These related issues may worsen each other as they develop.

Therefore, it is critical to find a way to manage both of these problems to ensure that you are healthy and safe. The most common treatment for many people is to manage their sleep apnea first. That's because this condition seems to be the cause of TMD for those with both conditions. And taking care of this underlying issue helps make it easier to transition to managing more persistent oral health issues that may affect you.

Ways Sleep Apnea Treatment May Help 

If you're in Novi MI and have both TMD and sleep apnea, treatment for both problems often takes place on a co-occurring level. We mean that both issues will be treated simultaneously to help you sleep better and minimize your TMD pain. These treatment methods include a myriad of different care options, including choices like:

  • Facial exercises that help to relax your facial muscles and reduce pain 
  • Mouthguards that minimize your grinding and open your airway while you sleep
  • Painkillers that relax your muscles or decrease inflammation that causes TMD
  • Corticosteroids injections that will get rid of your pain for extended periods 
  • Botox injections to help relax the muscles even further 
  • Surgery to restore your TMD strength and stability 
  • Long-term sleep apnea therapy, such an Oral Appliance

Sleep Better Tonight 

If you're worried about these health conditions and want a medical professional who can help, call Dr. David Salah at Progressive Dental to learn more. He can provide sleep apnea treatment options for Novi MI residents and work hard to improve their overall oral health. In this way, you can stabilize your jaw health and minimize any complications that you may otherwise experience. We look forward to working with you on your TMD and sleep apnea care. Call today at 248-349-7560.