In my practice, I often evaluate and treat patients who suffer from the effects of Sleep Bruxism. Bruxism is the clinical term for the act of clenching and/or grinding your teeth while you’re asleep. Sleep Bruxism can cause all kinds of problems for people of any age. Most of the patients who end up in my office complain of some, or all, of the following issues, particularly … [Read more...] about 4 Surprising Reasons You Grind Your Teeth
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Botox first became popular as a way to reduce wrinkles and facial lines. But today, it is proving to also be effective in treating conditions that involve pain and/or overactive muscles when administered by a trained and experienced professional. As an orofacial dentist, I often turn to Botox for my TMJ patients whose painful symptoms have not responded to the traditional … [Read more...] about 3 Frequently Asked Questions About Botox Injections in Masseter Muscles
For years snoring has prompted humorous cartoon depictions of bed partners sorting out their different views of the problem and hilarious videos revealing what the non-snoring bed partner will resort to in order to get a good night’s sleep. The problem with snoring, however, is that both parties - the snorer and snoree (what I call the person who is forced to listen to the … [Read more...] about Snoring Is Not Funny – Just Ask A Snoree
Two Case Studies As a dentist who specializes in TMJ problems, my patients often ask me how long the positive outcomes of their TMJ treatment will last. It can be challenging to answer this question due to the fact that most patients simply stop coming into the office for care when their pain or jaw function problems have gone away. That leaves me to assume that their goals … [Read more...] about TMJ Treatment Success – How Long Does It Last?
Medical research continues to assess how poor sleep quality and sleep disorders in general influence pain thresholds and the experience of muscle and joint pain. One common area of study pertains to obstructive sleep apnea and the larger field of sleep related breathing disorders - conditions that can lead to fragmented sleep. Therefore, if you have TMJ pain, it’s really … [Read more...] about The Connection Between Sleep Apnea and TMJ