Sleep Apnea Devices, Occlusal Therapy, and TMJ Devices Pompano Beach, Fort Lauderdale
If you suffer from sleep apnea or TMJ disorder, you probably feel tired from less than optimal sleep. There are many ways a dentist can help you get better sleep each night. Sleep apnea devices and TMJ devices are options to help treat disorders that rob you of your well-deserved sleep.
Snore Guard® and SomnoMed® Sleep Apnea Devices
Millions of Americans suffer from a snoring disorder of some kind. Snore Guard® is an oral appliance that Dr. Berger can customize to fit comfortably over your top teeth. When worn at night, Snore Guard® helps to prevent your tongue from obstructing the airway so that you can breathe more easily. This, along with a generally healthy lifestyle, can help to greatly reduce snoring.
For patients who suffer from the more severe condition of sleep apnea, characterized by the periodic cessation of breathing throughout the night, Dr. Berger partnered with a board certified sleep physician can custom-mold SomnoMed® oral appliances to keep the air passages free from obstruction. These sleep apnea devices allow many of our patients to sleep more restfully through the night and feel more energetic in their waking hours as a result.
TMJ Devices – Occlusal Guard Therapy
- Occlusal guards are custom-made, individually fitted dental appliances
- TMJ devices fit in the mouth to prevent teeth grinding (bruxism).
- These comfortable guards help to relax the jaw muscles and prevent the teeth from coming into contact with one another while the patient is sleeping.
- If necessary, you can wear TMJ devices during the day.
- TMJ devices are usually made of acrylic.
- Some TMJ devices can last for up to five years.
- TMJ devices can be cleaned with your toothbrush.
- It is recommended that TMJ devices be soaked in a cleaning solution once a week.
TMJ Disorder and Bruxism
- The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) joins the lower jaw to the skull just in front of either ear.
- TMJ disorders are the most common source of facial pain among adults in the United States.
- Other symptoms of TMJ devices alleviate include:
- stiffness of the jaw muscles
- clicking or popping of the jaw
- general pain in the head, neck, shoulders, and mouth.
- The most common of the known causes of TMJ disorder is bruxism, or teeth grinding and clenching.
- Many people who grind their teeth are unaware that they do it.
- Often, teeth grinding is a subconscious manifestation of stress.
At the dental practice of Nicole M. Berger, D.D.S., we can evaluate your symptoms and your jaw to diagnose your condition and recommend the most effective course of treatment. While some people benefit from lifestyle changes alone, others may require occlusal guard therapy or, in the cases of disorders stemming from misaligned teeth, more extensive orthodontic treatment.