Millions of Americans snore, and some snorers even experience sleep apnea. Sleep apnea occurs when your regular breathing is interrupted while you sleep, and is usually caused by the soft tissue in your throat temporarily collapsing causing restricted air flow and oxygen. There are many varied causes and treatments, but one to consider is a mouth appliance similar to a mouthguard which we can customize and create for you here at Smile Care. Our patients have had great results, whether they snore or have experienced mild sleep apnea. Dr. Paul even wears one at night! Contact our front desk team for more information and to schedule an appointment.
TMJ Disorder and Headache Relief
Headaches have become debilitating for many Americans, and some are found to be caused by a TMJ disorder. The temporomandibular joints, which are abbreviated using the acronym TMJ, are the joints and jaw muscles that are located on the sides of your head which allow your jaw to open and close to smile, talk, and chew food. If you hear any clicking or popping when you open or close your jaw, or if you’ve ever experienced tenderness or have had a hard time moving your jaw, you may have a TMJ disorder.
If you are concerned that you might have TMJ, we would be happy to see you for a consultation. If it is determined that you grind or clench your teeth, Dr. Paul may recommend a customized mouthguard or bite plate to wear at night. Those appliances can be created in our office after impressions are taken, and should alleviate some of the pain associated with TMJ. After the consultation, it may also be determined that you need to see specialist, at which point we’ll refer you to a knowledgeable professional in the Fargo-Moorhead area.