The “Temporomandibular Joint,” more commonly referred to as the “jaw joint,” assists in the basic opening and closing movements of the jaw. Unfortunately, this joint is a common area for recurring pain. Although conventional wisdom suggests that “popping” sounds in the jaw indicates a TMJ dysfunction, this is not always true. Many times your jaw is functioning properly even if a “popping” sound is present when chewing or talking.
We offer a TMJ exam that evaluates the joint tissue in the “hinge” of the jaw. Possible problems include swelling, deterioration of the joint tissue or damaged joint tissue (which cushions the jaw bones during the opening and closing movement of the mouth). Common pain relievers and cold compresses can provide temporary relief for most cases of TMJ.

Snore Therapies and Sleep Apnea Treatment

Snoring and Sleep Apnea affect millions of people of all ages, both male and female. While snoring can often be annoying, more importantly it is a sign of airway narrowing. As we age and/or gain weight, this airway narrowing can worsen, causing obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). OSA is linked to increased risk of high blood presure, heart disease, stroke, congestive heart failure, impotence, behavior and cognitive problems, and even death. The American Academy of Sleep Medicine affirms that treatment of OSA and snoring with dental appliances is a scientifically sound method for treating these conditions. Diagnosis for OSA and Snore Appliances should be done only by dental practicioners that are qualified to diagnose and treat these conditions. Dr. Johnson has been specially trained to diagnose and treat OSA. If you have questions regarding snoring or sleep apnea issues, please contact us for an evaluation.

What makes the sound of snoring?

Snoring is caused by the vibrations of your soft and/or hard tissue palates; these vibrations occur because of increasingly narrow air passages. When air passes through these passages, a “flapping” sound occurs because the tissue is soft in nature. Surgery (to alleviate the snoring) is not always successful because the sound may not originate from the soft palate. Snoring sometimes originates from tissues in the upper airway.

Loud snorers may have a more serious case of blocked air passages, known as obstructive sleep apnea (OSA).

Common causes for snoring:

  • Smoking
  • Alcohol
  • Health Problems
  • Obesity
  • Obstructed Nasal Passages – Deviated Septum
  • Poor Muscle Tone of the Tongue
  • Daytime Fatigue
  • Sleep Apnea
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Allergies