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The Connection Between Sleep Apnea and TMJ

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You have probably heard the terms “sleep apnea” and “TMJ disorder,” but did you know that these two conditions may be related?

Sleep apnea is a sleep-related breathing disorder, and TMJ disorder is a problem with the way your jaw joint functions. They are often treated separately, however, research shows that they may be connected. Your sleep apnea dentist in Hershey, PA explains.

The Difference Between Sleep Apnea and TMJ Disorder

Sleep apnea is also referred to as obstructive sleep apnea or OSA. It is characterized by loud snoring and frequent pauses in breathing during sleep and occurs because the tongue relaxes and restricts airflow. There are numerous risks for sleep apnea ...

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We Can Help Minimize the Effects of Sleep Apnea

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Sleep apnea is a severe disorder that prevents you from getting a good night’s sleep and can also have serious health consequences. But your dentist may be able to offer you an easy approach to sleep apnea treatment in Hershey that minimizes its effects.

What Is Sleep Apnea?

When you lay down to sleep, your body relaxes, including the muscles and soft tissues in your throat. For most people, this isn’t a problem. But if you have sleep apnea, when these muscles relax, the airway closes up and prevents you from breathing easily.

The result is that you either have to struggle to catch a breath or can’t breathe at all, and your ...

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The Causes of Sleep Apnea - And How We Can Help

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If your partner complains that you snore or you consistently wake up feeling fatigued and have trouble concentrating at work, you might have sleep apnea.

What is Sleep Apnea?

When we drift off to sleep, the muscles and soft tissue in our throat relax and fall backward. For most people, this isn’t a problem; but for some, this motion completely blocks the airway making it impossible to breathe.

Meanwhile, your body is deprived of precious oxygen, and your brain wakes you up to start breathing again. For some people, these episodes can occur hundreds of times each night. The result is that you wake up feeling exhausted from battling apnea episodes all night ...

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5 Ways Sleep Apnea Could Be Affecting Your Life

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Sleep apnea can be a debilitating disorder that robs you of a high quality of life because it impacts two vital areas – sleeping and breathing. The symptoms of sleep apnea can affect your job, your relationships, and your general well-being.

Why Sleep Apnea is a Problem

When you sleep, the muscles and soft tissue in your throat relax, which isn't a problem for most people, but for others, this softening can completely obstruct the airway and make it difficult or impossible to breathe freely. When you can’t breathe, your oxygen-deprived body wakes you up, which is often accompanied by a loud snorting or gasping sound. Many sleep apnea patients experience these ...

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3 Ways to Treat Sleep Apnea

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Sleep apnea is a very serious problem, characterized by frequent pauses in breathing (sometimes as often as hundreds of times each night) as well as severe snoring. If your partner is complaining about your awful snoring or you wake up feeling like you struggled through sleep, you may be suffering from sleep apnea.  

At our Hershey dental office, we will provide you with the information you need to understand sleep apnea and how it impacts your life. We know that one of these sleep apnea treatments is right for you. Which one we recommend will depend on the severity of your condition:

  1. Snore Guards – It may seem unlikely that a ...

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Do You Know the Signs of Sleep Apnea?

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Do you frequently wake up with headaches? Do you find yourself feeling exhausted during the afternoon? Have you been accused of snoring loudly during the night?

You may be suffering from a sleep disorder known as sleep apnea.

While these problems may not seem like a big deal, they're actually more serious than you think. Here are some of the signs and more information about sleep apnea from Hershey dentist, Dr. Wesley Davis.

What Is Sleep Apnea?

Sleep apnea is a dangerous sleep disorder that occurs when your airway becomes obstructed during the night and cuts off your supply of oxygen. The lack of oxygen signals your brain to wake you up, and this ...

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