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Sleep Apnea/ TMJ

Treatment for Sleep Apnea and Temporomandibular Joint Disorder in Mesa

Oral health greatly influences the overall health of the body. When people’s mouths and jaws are not functioning properly, they may experience pain that radiates to the head, neck, and shoulders. Individuals may also have their sleep interrupted, causing feelings of chronic exhaustion. 

These symptoms may indicate an issue with grinding, clenching, and other sleep disturbances. As part of a comprehensive dental examination, Dr. Jonathan Kalika provides treatments for those who have sleep apnea or temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD). The Dental Center of Mesa provides patients with dental appliances that relieve pain and restore a good night’s rest. 

Symptoms of Sleep Apnea

Although some people may not be aware that they have sleep apnea, others commonly exhibit several symptoms, such as:

  • Not feeling rested or refreshed upon waking
  • Loud snoring during the night
  • Morning headaches
  • Dry mouth in the morning

Dr. Kalika carefully evaluates the function of the jaw and joints, and he listens to patients’ concerns to determine if they could possibly have sleep apnea. Sometimes, patients are referred to doctors so a sleep study can be conducted. 

Dr. Kalika Helps Patients with Obstructive Sleep Apnea

Obstructive Sleep Apnea is the result of the soft tissue collapsing in the throat and blocking the airways that lead to the lungs. This can cause an increased risk of heart disease, stroke, heart arrhythmias, depression, and high blood pressure.   

The Dental Center of Mesa custom designs dental appliances that help the jaw remain properly placed throughout the night so your airways stay open and you can sleep in peace. 

Relief from TMJ Pain at The Dental Center of Mesa

Sometimes jaw misalignments or bite dysfunctions cause a condition call temporomandibular joint disorder. TMD symptoms may include:

  • Stiffness in the jaw 
  • Pain in the face, ear, jaw, mouth, neck, or shoulders
  • HeadachesTeeth grinding
  • Hearing impairments caused by nerve damage

Many TMD symptoms are temporary, but if you are experiencing chronic discomfort, Dr. Kalika can conduct a thorough analysis on your jaw and bite to determine if any dental treatments can alleviate symptoms. He may recommend a night guard or orthodontic treatment to relieve your symptoms. 

Dr. Jonathan Kalika Creates Quality Dental Appliances 

If you have symptoms of sleep apnea or TMD, contact The Dental Center of Mesa for a consultation. Dr. Kalika provides quality dental appliances to alleviate pain and restore sleep. He can also work with doctors and health insurance providers to make treatment convenient and affordable.