TMJ Linked to Sleep Apnea

Are you starting to notice potential warning signs or symptoms of TMJ disorder? Temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD/TMJ disorder) typically presents itself in a variety of ways.

If you’re experiencing any of the following symptoms on a semi-frequent basis, it’s possibly linked back to the health of your TMJ. But TMJ disorder may not be the “biggest” problem at the moment. In reality, you might actually have another medical condition that’s causing the TMJ pain and symptoms. Some of the most common TMD red flags, which may indicate a problem with Sleep Apnea, include:

  • Earaches
  • Muscle pain through the face, neck, shoulders, and back
  • Flat or worn teeth
  • Broken dental restorations
  • Limited range of motion
  • Clicking or popping in your TMJ
  • Jaw pain
  • Headaches, migraines

Does Sleep Apnea Cause TMJ Pain?

People with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) tend to subconsciously lock their jaws shut and clench their teeth tightly together whenever their brain is deprived of oxygen. While you’re sleeping, your TMJ is working overtime. Day after day you start to feel fatigued or get headaches, but as TMJ symptoms start to flare up they’re probably easier for you to recognize than a sleeping disorder.

Perhaps you’ve already started to address your TMJ pain or TMD symptoms, but you still suffer from fatigue, weight gain, or other apnea symptoms. If that’s the case, you should speak with a medical provider or sleep dentist. A simple screening can help you rule out “bigger” problems that could potentially be a hazardous risk to your health.

Schedule a screening with Marietta Sleep today. We’ll help you find the answers you need so that you can get the relief you deserve.