TMD commonly called TMJ, is a real condition caused by disturbances in the action of the jaw. Often jaw problems are only a symptom, secondary to a greater problem affecting the body, much like a fever is secondary to the common flu. In the absence of an acute injury to the head or face, the primary cause of jaw problems is frequently an unidentified sleep breathing issue or obstructive sleep apnoea. Proper diagnosis and emphasis on origin rather than symptoms is key to successfully treating this disorder.
If you or your loved ones suffer from any of these symptoms, we can offer comprehensive screening and targeted treatment.
Symptoms Can Include:
Sleep apnoea occurs when the upper airway becomes blocked off during sleep. A common reason for this is a poorly positioned jaw or tongue. In children, sleep apnoea is also associated with bedwetting and attention deficiency.
There is a 70% overlap between snoring and apnoea in adults and children. The American Association of Pediatrics “Patient Parameters” recently stated all children should be screened for snoring and all children who snore should have a sleep study for evaluation of apnoea because of ADD/ADHD and cardiovascular risk.
Symptoms commonly linked to sleep apnoea:
Related Risk Factors:
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