How do I know if I have TMD or Airway concerns?
The jaw joints should function quietly and without pain when eating, speaking, and yawning. However, in some instances, the joints can become painful or audible with a “click” or even lock open or shut.
When a click or pain is present, there is dysfunction the joint system, commonly diagnosed as “TMJ” although that name isn’t technically correct.
Dysfunction can occur for many reasons in one or both joints and can be temporary (acute) or long-lasting (chronic).
We provide treatment for the following TMD and Airway concerns for our families
- Mouth breathing
- Poor sleep
- Jaw pain
- Increased grinding
Common causes of dysfunction include
- Muscle imbalances
- Bruxism (teeth grinding)
- Anatomical deviations
- Inflammation or infection secondary to trauma
- Airway issues such as sleep apnea.
- Joint dysfunction – treated based on the unique combination of causes on a case-by-case basis
Treatments can include
Medications, orthotics, or referrals to massage therapy, physical therapy, chiropractics, or an ENT.
If it is determined that there is a compromised airway (sleep apnea), we will refer you to an ENT for an evaluation. If diagnosed with sleep apnea by the ENT, we are able to fabricate an appliance to aid in symptom reduction if indicated by the treating physician.