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How to fix TMJ and the sleep disorder it is causing?

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In brief: Possibly

Need more info, but the treatment for the sleep apnea may create or exacerbate tmj/tmd symptoms.
If wearing a CPAP machine with tight straps or an ill-fitting mask, the pressure on the lower jaw (mandible) may be displaced or dislocated enough to a position that can cause a dormant tmj/tmd syndrome complex. Also, wearing a mouthpiece for sleep apnea, if not designed properly can cause tmj/tmd.

In brief: Possibly

Need more info, but the treatment for the sleep apnea may create or exacerbate tmj/tmd symptoms.
If wearing a CPAP machine with tight straps or an ill-fitting mask, the pressure on the lower jaw (mandible) may be displaced or dislocated enough to a position that can cause a dormant tmj/tmd syndrome complex. Also, wearing a mouthpiece for sleep apnea, if not designed properly can cause tmj/tmd.
Dr. Jeffrey Bassman
Dr. Jeffrey Bassman
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2 doctors agree

In brief: Evaluation

It is important to have your dentition evaluated to determine the extent of your grinding.
In many instances a night guard can alleviate your symptoms. Talk to your dentist.

In brief: Evaluation

It is important to have your dentition evaluated to determine the extent of your grinding.
In many instances a night guard can alleviate your symptoms. Talk to your dentist.
Dr. Theodore Davantzis
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Dr. John Scuba
Surgery - Oral & Maxillofacial
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Tmj and sleep disord

What is the "sleep disorder"? If it's sleep apnea, otherwise known as sleep disordered breathing, the cause is not "tmj".
Simply put, the sleep disorder and TMJ are separate issues and usually unrelated.

In brief: Tmj and sleep disord

What is the "sleep disorder"? If it's sleep apnea, otherwise known as sleep disordered breathing, the cause is not "tmj".
Simply put, the sleep disorder and TMJ are separate issues and usually unrelated.
Dr. John Scuba
Dr. John Scuba
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Dr. John DeWolf
Dentistry
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In brief: Diagnosis

Tmd is a complex and multifaceted issue.
First, get an accurate diagnosis so the proper therapy can be suggested. It may require surgery but often it can be successfully treated more conservatively. Get it looked at soon because further degeneration can greatly complicate treatment if you wait too long to address the issue.

In brief: Diagnosis

Tmd is a complex and multifaceted issue.
First, get an accurate diagnosis so the proper therapy can be suggested. It may require surgery but often it can be successfully treated more conservatively. Get it looked at soon because further degeneration can greatly complicate treatment if you wait too long to address the issue.
Dr. John DeWolf
Dr. John DeWolf
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Dr. Louis Gallia
Surgery - Oral & Maxillofacial

In brief: TMJ doc

Most TMJ experts are also well equipt to treat our sleep dissorter. Any dentist can be a TMJ expert with the proper training and experience.
Most commonly, oral surgeons, prosthodontists, and orofacial pain specialists. Ask your MD, your dentist and your dental society for referrals.

In brief: TMJ doc

Most TMJ experts are also well equipt to treat our sleep dissorter. Any dentist can be a TMJ expert with the proper training and experience.
Most commonly, oral surgeons, prosthodontists, and orofacial pain specialists. Ask your MD, your dentist and your dental society for referrals.
Dr. Louis Gallia
Dr. Louis Gallia
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