Sleep Apnea/TMJ Treatment in Sacramento, CA
Sleep apnea and TMJ are debilitating disorders which require treatment from a certified practitioner
Dr. Monica Crooks can provide alternative therapy to CPAP for sleep apnea and TMJ therapies so you can reclaim your health and quality of life.
Sleep apnea is a harmful condition causing morbidity and potentially death due to reduced intake of oxygen caused by the airway being blocked by your tongue during sleep. This results in sacrificed quality of sleep, fatigue, heart stress and a number of other harmful conditions. Sleep Apnea has an increased incidence among mouth breathers as well as individuals who have excess tissue in the throat area which relax into the airway resulting in blockage. Symptoms of sleep apnea include:
- Chronic fatigue.
- Constantly waking up while you’re asleep.
- Snoring and gasping.
- Lack of attention span during waking hours.
- Long pauses in breathing while you’re asleep.
Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction can be a very uncomfortable experience
Temperomandibular joint dysfunction (TMJD) is a condition which affects the functioning of the anatomical structures of your jaw, causing pain, noises and often locking closed or open. Your jaw is a complicated mechanism which involves muscles, ligaments, bones and cartilage moving in unison in order to allow smooth and soundless jaw movement up and down, side to side and in an elliptical path. If even one of these components fail to work correctly the alignment of your jaw can result in pain, headaches, clicking, muscle spasm, swelling or locking. Dr. Monica Crooks offers effective TMJ or TMJD Treatment.
There a number of different causes for TMJ dysfunction which you need to be aware of such as:
- Bruxing/Teeth grinding.
- Clenching of the jaw.
- Dislocation of the articular disc.
- Sleeping with awkward pressure applied to lower jaw.
- Traumatic injury.
- Arthritic damage.
- Habitual damage.
Dr. Monica Crooks utilizes oral appliance therapy to alleviate sleep apnea and effect TMJ treatment.
TMJD can be treated utilizing myofunctional therapy through removable appliances and / or Botox therapy. Appliance therapy is designed to realign muscle groups, disc position encourage normal tongue function and swallowing. TMJ Treatment usually involves the use of occlusal guards worn at night. Muscle spasms can be treated with Botox with a longer lasting result and without the side effects of fatigue caused by the use of muscle relaxant meds.
Sleep apnea can be treated with an oral device worn at night that holds the lower jaw and tongue in an anterior posture which prevents the tongue relaxing back into the airway.