TMJ disorders cause pain in the jaw joint and the muscles that control jaw movement. Special custom-made mouth guards can be used to adjust the bite and reposition the jaw in a way that helps relieve symptoms and discomfort. Mouth guards are also a great defense against sports-related injuries and teeth grinding. Grinding of the teeth, also called bruxism, is known to cause many health issues like earaches, jaw pain, neck aches, sensitive teeth, and headaches. It can also lead to chipped, broken or cracked teeth, which no one wants.
As one of the best family dentists in the Short Pump area, Dr. David Tse can tell if you have a tooth grinding problem or TMJ, and determine if you can benefit from one of his custom-fitted mouth guards. If you need a mouth guard for sports or outdoor activities, Dr. Tse can also recommend the best type for your activity, and make sure it is fitted properly. Contact our office today to ask about mouth guard options.
Sleep apnea affects the way you breathe when you’re sleeping. In untreated sleep apnea, breathing is briefly interrupted or becomes very shallow during sleep. These breathing pauses typically last between 10 and 20 seconds and can occur up to hundreds of times a night, jolting you out of your natural sleep rhythm. As a consequence, you spend more time in light sleep and less time in the deep, restorative sleep you need to be energetic, mentally sharp, and productive the next day.
The chronic sleep deprivation that comes with sleep apnea results in daytime sleepiness, slow reflexes, poor concentration, and an increased risk of accidents. Sleep apnea can also lead to serious health problems over time, including diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, and weight gain. But with treatment, you can control the symptoms, get your sleep back on track, and start enjoying being refreshed and alert every day.