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TMJ and
Sleep Apnea

We understand the impact of your pain
and sleep deprivation..... we can help you.

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How long does it take to see results from TMJ splint therapy?

The timeline for  TMJ splint therapy varies depending on individual factors and the severity of the condition. While some patients may experience relief from symptoms shortly after wearing the dental splint, others may require a few weeks or months to achieve significant improvement.

 

Regular follow-up appointments and splint adjustments with our experienced dental team will help the patient progress throughout the treatment journey.

What is a TMJ Splint?

A TMJ splint, also known as an oral splint or occlusal splint, is a custom-fitted oral appliance.. This bite splint is typically made from acrylic and is specifically designed to stabilize the jaw joint and mitigate the discomfort associated with TMJ dysfunction. 

 

When worn regularly each night, TMJ splints promote proper alignment of the jaw muscles, which reduces strain on the TMJ. With time, these devices will alleviate discomfort, such as jaw pain, facial pain, clicking or popping of the jaw, and difficulty in chewing or opening the mouth fully.

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Mouth close up, hands placing a TMJ splint on the top teeth.

How do Sleep Apnea Dental Appliances Work?

Our custom-made oral appliances work by addressing the underlying cause of obstructive sleep apnea. Repositioning the lower jaw or tongue, these appliances help keep the airway open, allowing for uninterrupted airflow and preventing breathing pauses.

 

By maintaining an open airway, dental appliances effectively reduce or eliminate the symptoms of sleep apnea.

Sleep Apnea Oral Appliances

Sleep apnea is a sleep disorder in which your breathing is interrupted while you sleep. Left untreated, even mild sleep apnea can be dangerous to your health and should be treated.

 

Sleep apnea can only be diagnosed by medical doctors; however, once sleep apnea has been diagnosed, oral appliance therapy with your dentist may be an option for you. The oral appliance is specifically designed to support your jaw in a position that helps maintain an open airway while sleeping.

Illustration of what a sleep apnea device looks like in the human mouth.
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