Bad sleep, poor health. How TMJ can cause airway issues

It’s your body’s way of rejuvenating itself as your cells go through vital repairs. However, when you are robbed of sleep, it can leave you feeling sluggish, in a fog, as if you had never been to bed in the first place.

If you are feeling any of these symptoms, including dizzy spells or chronic headaches that begin the moment you wake up, you could be fighting with a sleep disorder. If you’ve been told that you snore or wake up gasping in the night, a sleep disorder is even more likely and it could be connected to a TMJ disorder.

How can a jaw problem affect sleep?

A TMJ disorder refers to a host of conditions that can affect your temporomandibular joint. This joint should move freely, keeping your bite in proper alignment, sparing you any unnecessary strain, inflammation, or discomfort.

When this joint is out of alignment, it can affect your ability to breathe easily during the night. If your bite isn’t aligning properly or is not in the proper position, your tongue may not rest in the proper position either when you are sleeping. Instead of resting behind your top teeth, it could actually roll back further and block your airway while you are sleeping.

Snoring and other sleep disorders such as sleep apnea could stem from a TMJ disorder. Ana Brightleaf, your Santa Monica TMJ dentist, can help you to determine if you are suffering from a TMJ disorder and help you to find options to treat your condition effectively.

Snoring is no laughing matter

Your snoring could mean you have sleep apnea due to the misalignment of your jaw, a condition in which you stop breathing during the night. This can occur as often as 100 times and last up to a minute each time. Sleep apnea can cause havoc to your body, increasing your risk of heart attack, diabetes, and stroke. Please take action to find a solution when you experience sleep apnea symptoms. Sleep apnea can be deadly.

Sleep easy once again

It’s time to see Dr. Ana Brightleaf, Santa Monica TMJ dentist. By pinpointing and treating your TMJ disorder, sweet dreams can be yours when you breathe easily again.