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Sleep Apnea Treatment – Randolph, NJ

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Do you sometimes feel like you haven’t slept at all even if you went to bed at a reasonable time? It could be that you’re not getting the quality sleep you need thanks to a sleep-related breathing disorder such as sleep apnea. As a result, you might feel exhausted throughout the day, meaning you’re more likely to doze off at the wrong time, such as at work or on the road. If you suspect that you have sleep apnea – especially if you think it’s linked to a TMJ disorder – get in touch with us as soon as possible to schedule a consultation with Drs. Glen and Zachary Goldstein, so they can start working on a solution For more information, please watch the video below or contact us to schedulea consultation to discuss sleep apnea treatment in Randolph, NJ.

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for Sleep Apnea Treatment?

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Connection Between TMJ and Sleep Apnea

Animated obstructed airway

Sleep apnea and TMJ disorders are two very different conditions. Sleep apnea causes pauses in breathing numerous times per night due to an obstruction of the airway. This obstruction causes inadequate oxygen levels and poor sleep quality. When left untreated, serious complications develop, such as Cardiovascular disease, Digestive issues, Reflux, High Blood Pressure, Type II Diabetes, increased Cortisol levels (Fight or Flight), sleep deprivation, and potentially death.

On the other hand, TMJ disorder is a problem with the temporomandibular joint. When the joint functions incorrectly, many painful and uncomfortable symptoms develop, such as jaw pain, ear pain, migraines, and headaches.

Often, the two conditions are treated separately. But research shows that the two may actually be connected to one another. The epidemic of misaligned and discrepant dental occlusions has led to an increased presence in many chronic conditions, including sleep apnea and TMJ disorders. Archeological studies have confirmed NO dental malocclusions prior to the industrialized revolution. Prior to then, children were breast fed (which aids the development of the upper jaw) and then switched to hard foods, which further enhanced its growth. Now, newborns, if breast fed at all, are switched to soft foods and bottles, which keep the tongue away from the roof of the mouth. The result is underdeveloped upper jaws, small nasal passages, and crooked, overcrowded, and misaligned teeth. When the upper jaw is deficient, the lower jaw is hindered as well.

Small development of the lower jaw further effects the teeth position. When the teeth do not fit together correctly, the lower jaw may fall backward, causing the airways to become restricted. In addition, when the mandible is not properly aligned, it can cause dysfunction of the temporomandibular joint. Treating both conditions is fairly similar, allowing significant improvement in both areas.

With children, the consequences are severe. The child never sleeps a day in their life, leading to failed growth, erratic behavior, mental impairment, and subsequent diagnosis of ADHD. Mouth breathing causes enlargement of the Tonsils and Adenoids and allergies, which further reduces breathing capacity. It is estimated that a majority of children on medication are really starved for oxygen. Furthermore, these medications can further enhance the problem. For more information watch “Finding Conner Deegan” on YouTube.

All of this leads to a lifetime of breathing through the mouth, constricted airways, and never sleeping through the night. The consequences are an individual that is slowly suffocating. As a result, significant health consequences, including death occur as the organs of the body slowly shut down.

In-Home Sleep Apnea
Testing Services

Man with CPAP system sleeping

Now, potential sleep apnea patients no longer have to spend the night at an unfamiliar sleep lab in order to discover the truth of their condition. Drs. Glen and Zachary Goldstein can provide the necessary equipment for a take-home test that can be completed from the familiar comfort of your own bed. When worn correctly, this monitoring device will gather plenty of important data throughout the night, including heart rate, oxygen levels, and breathing efforts. Once the test is complete, the information can be evaluated and you’ll have a proper diagnosis in hand before you know it.

Treatment for Sleep Apnea

Hand holding sleep apnea oral appliance

After undergoing sleep testing, effective treatment can begin. The most common form of treatment for sleep apnea and TMJ involves the use of an oral appliance. An oral appliance is a custom-made device that is similar to a mouthguard. It is worn over the teeth at night to reposition the jaw forward. When used to treat sleep apnea, moving the jaw forward also brings the tongue forward, helping to keep the airways open. For children, orthodontic correction of the failed skeletal growth during development can correct the problem.

When an oral appliance is used for the treatment of TMJ, the bite is improved to take strain off the temporomandibular joint. With oral appliance therapy, you can sleep soundly at night to protect your overall health while getting rid of your headaches and jaw pain for an improved quality of life.

At Randolph Dental Care, we treat both sleep apnea and TMJ after. If you feel any of this applies to you, please call our dental office today to schedule a consultation.

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