The TMJ/OSA Connection
When you read about a “connection” between OSA and TMJ and that they often “co-exist,” in simpler terms, it means this: If you have sleep apnea, you likely have TMJ. If you have TMJ, you likely have sleep apnea.
To make things even more frustrating, if you snore, you likely have sleep apnea. Maybe your partner snores, and you’re at your wit’s end as to what to do about getting some good Zzzzzz’s.
While some people have one disorder and not the other, most people who visit their TMJ dentist in Miami Beach will eventually be diagnosed with Obstructive Sleep Apnea. Most people who visit their sleep apnea dentist in Miami Beach will find out they also have TMJ (to some degree).
The TMJ/Sleep Apnea connection is not a love connection. It’s not a match made in Heaven, and it causes painful symptoms for millions of Americans each year.
If you’re having trouble sleeping soundly, are snoring, are waking feeling fatigued, have jaw pain, and hear clicking or popping noises while you chew, you may have both OSA and TMJ. An experienced dentist who treats both of these conditions can help, and you are certainly not alone in your struggles, as millions of Americans have OSA and TMJ.