TMJ: Hindering Sleep
TMJ: Hindering Sleep
Feeling the Pinch
TMJ Disorder may not be the most well-known condition in the world, but its painful symptoms are apparent to sufferers in a multitude of ways. Sleep disruption is one of the worst effects the TMJ disorder symptoms can have on a patient’s life, and not just due to the obvious discomfort of losing valuable sleeping time. Not sleeping has many horrible consequences, and being aware of them before they come crashing into a patient’s daily life is the best way to learn to deal with them.
Knowledge of how the condition can begin to affect a patient’s sleep will prevent long-term side effects. While TMJ disorder can seem like a frightening condition to manage, Dr. Solomon has plenty of choices to fit the unique needs of all of his patients.
Starting Off Small
When TMJ Disorder is diagnosed in a patient, typically that patient has a history of facial, neck and jaw pain. If this pain is particularly intense or seems to never abate, then seeking help from a dentist should be the next step. Patients who wait longer typically feel more symptoms, and Dr. Solomon wants to prevent a delayed diagnosis whenever possible. While sometimes TMJ symptoms can go away on their own, a lot of patients will still require medical assistance in managing the disorder. When particularly painful TMJ disorder symptoms occur, Time to Smile pinpoints and treats those symptoms appropriately.
A TMJ Disorder sufferer often starts clenching and grinding their teeth unknowingly at night, causing them to awaken and disrupt their normal sleep pattern. If this TMJ disorder symptom persists, it can lead to conditions like insomnia and sleep apnea. These are treatable conditions, but Time to Smile does not want any patient to wait until their daily life is completely disrupted before seeking help. We encourage anyone who starts to experience these side effects to seek help from us immediately so that we can determine the best course of treatment.
If conditions like sleep apnea and insomnia persist due to TMJ disorder, then they can easily lead to other problems. Any irregularity in normal sleeping patterns can lead to anxiety or depression in a patient, which in turn snowballs into other potentially life-threatening issues. Dr. Solomon basically wants to do everything possible to stop these potentially life-altering health issues from developing.
Solving the Problem
Dr. Solomon offers a variety of TMJ disorder treatment options, but he also encourages everyone to know their bodies in advance. If someone already knows they are grinding their teeth at night and can’t figure out a way to make it stop, Dr. Solomon encourages that person to speak with him in advance so that he and the patient can rule out any other conditions before arriving at a TMJ disorder diagnosis.
If TMJ disorder is ultimately diagnosed and medical assistance is needed, then Dr. Solomon offers plenty of options to assist his patients in managing the condition. Feel free to contact him here for a consultation.