There are many people who have TMJ (temporomandibular joint) disorders. This is the joint which enables your jaws and muscles to function properly. Problems may be caused by habits of clenching or grinding the teeth, injuries, bite abnormalities, and problems from growth and development. TMJ problems can cause headaches, clicking or popping of the jaw, pain, and stiffness. Dental treatments to solve these problems can consist of varied modalities including adjusting your bite, or constructing a custom-fitted mouth guard to relax muscles and relieve the clenching.
Sleep apnea is a common disorder in which you stop breathing while you sleep. It disrupts healthy sleep patterns and results in daytime sleepiness, slow reflexes, poor concentration, and an increased risk of accidents. Sleep apnea can also lead to serious health problems over time, including an increased risk of high blood pressure, heart attack, stroke, obesity, and diabetes. Dr. Gilfillan often works in conjunction with your physician to manage sleep apnea. Many times sleep apnea and/or snoring can be solved with a comfortable, custom-fitted mouthpiece without the use of a C-PAP device. Feel free to ask how we can help with sleep, snoring, or concerns about your jaw joint.