Warning! Your Sleep Apnoea Could Be More Serious Than You Think

Not many people are aware of sleep apnoea until it really starts to affect their lives. It is a serious disorder, but one that can be treated effectively at a reputable Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) clinic, such as the TMJ Centre Melbourne. Overcoming the disorder requires state-of-the-art technology, which is delivered in combination with experienced physicians who specialise in the root causes of sleep apnoea.

What Happens If I Ignore Symptoms of TMJ?

Ignoring TMJ will only lead your current pain to worsen. As with any symptom, if you leave it long enough, you could eventually suffer from chronic pain, or worse. It’s suggested that if you’ve been suffering from common symptoms of TMJ for over a month, it’s time to get it checked, because ultimately, they could get progressive worse over time. Not only that, but they also become much harder to correct over time, and could even lead to definitive changes of your nervous system.

Do You Have Mild To Severe Jaw Pain? You Could Have Temporomandibular Joint Disorder.

Jaw pain can be common. Therefore, it's important to consider a range of reasons why you're experiencing discomfort to get a proper diagnosis. It's also important to know that not all jaw pain can be ruled as being Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (TMJ or TMD). So before you jump the gun, let's establish what exactly TMJ is and the symptoms you could look for that might suggest you have this disorder. The good news is that there's a great range of treatments available.

What is Bruxism and is it related to TMJ / TMD ?

Bruxism is a medical term that refers to tooth grinding that occurs at night and day or night time clenching.  The tooth grinding that occurs at night iscalled sleep bruxism and it is actually classified as a sleep movement disorder. This is further divided into primary sleep bruxism where there is no obvious cause, and secondary sleep bruxism which is related to causes such as medical conditions like depression, sleep disorders, benign tumours and medications / recreational drugs such as Ritalin, MDMA and cocaine.

Do Headaches occur with TMJ ?

Unfortunately most dentists and GPs have been trained to think that the only headaches that can occur as part of TMJ / TMD is temple headaches due to clenching. The Temporalis muscles (located in the temple regions) are recruited during clenching and so the assumption is that these are the only headaches that can be attributed to TMJ/ TMD. This however is far from true. TMJ/ TMD can also mimic sinus type headaches, particularly the maxillary sinuses (in the cheek area). They can also mimic tension type headaches affecting the temple and occipital regions ( back of head) and migraine.

You’ve been told you need surgery to correct your TMJ pain...

As with other joints in the body surgery is a treatment of last resort whenalternative treatment has proved ineffective. Surgery should really be restricted for those who are born with or develop jaw malformations and patients withtrue arthritis where the head of the jaw has loose fragments of bone or severely broken down condyle and may need reshaping or replacement.

Orthotics in a day !! - Immediate Pain Relief

Using the latest in CAD CAM design, TMJ Centre Melbourne is now able to provide custom made bite plates / orthotics to the  correct neuromuscluar bite within 3 hours so that you can begin your healing journey as soon as possible. Currently to our knowledge we are the only practice in Australia to offer such incredible service to our clients. Being able to mill the orthotics using cutting edge technology the orthotics are strong, light, accurate and very comfortable.

What should you do if you have clicking jaw joints ?

Many people with clicking jaw joints often have no pain and and can have clicking joints for decades with no problems. This is why there is much uncertainty and disagreement between partitioners about what to do regarding a clicking jaw joint. Unfortunately there seems to be no long term research due the difficulty of monitoring subjects over 5 to 10 years. the longest studies I have found have only looked at subjects over a maximum of 2 years.

DONT IGNORE THE SNORE !

There is a lot of information about obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA) and its health consequences. We know that sleep apnoea- when you stop breathing at night causes reduced oxygen levels in the body and leads to oxidative stress and eventually endothelial dysfunction. Endothelial dysfunction leads to plaque formations in the arteries, ultimately causing atherosclerosis and this is the basic mechanism for stokes, heart attacks, increased blood pressure etc. The research is somewhat torn as to whether mild to moderate OSA leads to cardiovascular health consequences, but there is no doubt severe OSA causes three to five times increased risk of dying from cardiovascular events. ( stroke/ heart attack etc)

Can't tolerate CPAP ?

Obstructive Sleep Apnoea (OSA) is when a person stops their breathing for prolonged periods or breathes insufficiently during sleep. Left untreated, it can result in interrupted sleep, fatigue, a lack of focus during the day, and, in more severe cases it leads to high blood pressure, depression, and, up to 5x increased chance of  strokes and heart disease