TMJ & Sleep Apnea - Brooklyn, NY

Proven Treatment for TMJ Disorder and Sleep Apnea

The Importance of Jaw Health and Function

Your jaw, joints, and muscles play an important role in the health and function of your mouth. Anytime there’s an imbalance, whether due to the position of your jaw, joints, teeth, or a combination of the three, you’ll most likely suffer in your daily life. Many issues can arise, including migraines, teeth grinding and clenching, chronic joint and muscle pain, and even breathing disorders like sleep apnea. Understanding this link between TMJ (temporomandibular joint) disorder and conditions like sleep apnea is the first step to providing personalized and effective treatment. Dr. Saleh Elahwal and Dr. Germain Jean-Charles are trained to diagnose and treat both TMJ disorder and sleep apnea and can assist you in overcoming your symptoms. You can live a comfortable, energized life! You just need the right dentists and personalized treatment. Let us help with trusted and proven treatments, including TruDenta® and custom Mandibular Advancement Devices.

Common Overlapping Symptoms

  • Headaches or migraines
  • Sore or painful jaw muscles
  • Waking up tired and unrested
  • Teeth grinding and clenching
  • Jaw or joint misalignment
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Non-Invasive Sleep Apnea Treatment

Sleep apnea can develop or worsen often because of the position of your jaw. During sleep, your jaw and connected soft tissues and tongue naturally fall backward and can block your airway (obstructive sleep apnea). If your jaw is already recessed, your risk for sleep apnea is significantly increased, if you don’t suffer from it already. Sleep apnea can potentially lead to many systemic health problems, including high blood pressure, diabetes, weight gain, heart disease, and more. We provide a Mandibular Advancement Device, a custom-fitted mouthguard worn at night to keep your lower jaw in a more forward position. Without airway blockage, you’re free to experience a more restful and healthier sleep, and lessen the joint and muscle discomfort caused by nighttime grinding and clenching. We’ll be sure to show you how to wear your new appliance before you leave our Brooklyn, NY office.

Improving TMJ Disorder with TruDenta

The position of your jaw and sleep apnea are certainly connected. However, TMJ disorder can involve many more symptoms besides obstructed breathing. For most patients, the primary symptom is chronic headaches and/or migraines. Alongside jaw pain, trouble sleeping at night and muscle spasms, an added migraine can be nothing short of debilitating to your quality of life. We provide relief with non-surgical and non-invasive muscle therapy with TruDenta. Using this revolutionary technology, we can precisely pinpoint the cause of your TMJ pain and provide targeted treatment to alleviate headaches, muscle pain, and jaw joint stiffness. Best of all, our TruDenta treatments can provide lasting relief, reducing or eliminating your dependency on prescription medication to control pain. Dr. Elahwal and Dr. Charles are specially trained to offer TruDenta in our office and encourage you to schedule an appointment if your TMJ disorder is affecting your sleep, health, and overall quality of life!

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Treat the source of your symptoms!

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