What do TMJ disorder, bruxism, and sleep apnea have in common? Well, not much aside from one thing: We can treat off these issues with an oral appliance. In today’s blog, your Los Angeles, CA, dentist explains how we treat orofacial pain and sleep issues with an oral splint, one custom-made specifically for your smile.
Orofacial pain involves discomfort in the jaw joints and with other oral structures that leads to discomfort, such as TMJ disorder or bruxism (teeth grinding). These issues could develop when complications occur that impact the balance of the bite or strain the jaw joints. Tooth loss, injury to the face or jaw, damaged teeth, misalignment, bite imbalance, and stress could lead to these issues, and symptoms could include pain when you bite down or chew, headaches and migraines, pain in the jaw or face, or even aches in the neck or shoulders. You may also experience toothaches and tooth sensitivity. If these sound familiar, then please let us know right away!
For some, the growth and develop of the face, jaw, and oral structures could mean airway obstruction when you sleep. These obstructions may even cause you to stop breathing for brief periods as you rest, interrupting your sleep cycle even if you don’t remember this occurring. Sleep apnea could mean chronic snoring, trouble staying awake or exhaustion, dry mouth, headaches, and moodiness. To avoid long-term impacts on your immune system and cardiovascular health, you need to seek treatment right away if you notice any of the symptoms we mentioned.
Designing and Creating an Oral Appliance
Often, an oral splint could be the solution you need for these concerns. We start by taking detailed digital images and scans of your smile, using them to craft a detailed 3D model and custom-fitting an oral appliance. The device is worn at night and helps reposition the jaw to ease strain on the jaw joints and stop TMJ-related pain. The device also helps place a barrier between the upper and lower jaw in the process, which prevents damage from teeth grinding or clenching. If you have sleep apnea, an oral appliance could reposition the jaw to keep airways open and prevents obstruction, so you sleep easily without resorting to a loud CPAP machine. If you have any questions, then please contact our team today. We would love to see you and help you enjoy a more comfortable smile!
Do You Need an Oral Splint?
We always take a custom and personalized approach to addressing issues with the health, function, and beauty of your smile. To stop orofacial pain and help you rest easier, then contact Ivan Lapidus, DDS Inc in Los Angeles, CA by calling 310-446-4867 today. With a custom and comfortable appliance, we can help you enjoy better oral health.