How Are Sleep Apnea and TMJ Disorder Related?

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How Are Sleep Apnea and TMJ Disorder Related?

You’ve just snuggled up and made yourself comfortable with your partner, and then comes the blaring snores. Sleep apnea is a disorder that affects the respiratory system while asleep. These pauses in breathing can happen anywhere from a few times to hundreds of times a night. Did you know that there is a connection between sleep apnea and TMJ in Plantation?  

To know how TMJ can contribute to or promote sleep apnea, please read on.  

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TMJ and Sleep Apnea Relationship

How Are They Treated?

Sleep apnea and TMJ disorder are two different conditions. Hence, they are commonly treated separately. Notwithstanding this fact, studies show that these conditions are still linked to one another.   

According to dental professionals, chronic fatigue syndrome has been linked to a TMJ disorder, which can intensify sleep apnea symptoms. The misalignment and positioning of your jaw (malocclusion) may obstruct your airway while you sleep.   

The relationship between TMD and sleep apnea becomes obvious when you consider how near your airway is linked to your jaw. Your teeth location is further influenced by your lower jaw’s limited development. The lower jaw may fall backward if your teeth do not align properly, leading to an obstructed airway 

Who is Affected?

Everyone can experience sleep apnea or TMD. But, when it comes to kids, the effects can be severe. Lack of sleep will result in mental impairment, erratic conduct, and stunted growth. It may even lead to an ADHD diagnosis. Mouth breathing will cause allergies and expansion of the adenoids and tonsils, limiting the kid’s breathing capacity even more.   

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Sleep apnea and TMD may result in a lot of health problems and can dramatically affect your daily life. Schedule an appointment with Oral Facial Reconstruction and Implant Center so you can avoid these future health problems.