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By TMJ and Sleep Therapy Centre of Chicago
June 15, 2017
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Facial Pain  

What your dentists in St. Charles want you to knowfacial pain

Facial pain can be miserable. It can radiate into your ears, head and neck. It can be sharp and acute, or chronic and throbbing. The important fact is there are effective ways to help resolve facial pain. Drs. Edmund and Lynn Lipskis at TMJ and Sleep Therapy Centre of Chicago in St. Charles, IL want to share what might be causing your facial pain and available treatments that can help you.

A common cause of facial pain is grinding and clenching your teeth while you sleep. If you wake up with headaches, earaches and facial pain, you may be grinding at night. Chronic grinding can also cause fractures and breaks in your teeth, pulp damage and other dental issues which can result in root canals or even tooth extraction.

If you think you are grinding at night, your dentists in St. Charles can create a custom-fit nightguard to fit over your teeth, so you grind the nightguard and not your teeth.

Sometimes a badly aligned bite or missing teeth can cause facial pain. If your teeth don’t touch together properly when you bite, it can cause excessive pressure and stress on one area of your mouth, causing facial pain and headaches. Your dentists in St. Charles can recommend orthodontic treatment, implants and other tooth replacement methods to create a full, functional bite.

Another reason you might be experiencing facial pain is if you are having problems with your temporomandibular joint, also known as the TMJ. The TMJ performs a sliding motion which helps to open and close your jaw. The joint can be displaced easily, which can result in trauma, stress, friction and wear on the joint. The joint can become inflamed and swollen, causing loss of mobility and pain.

You can recognize some common signs and symptoms of TMJ problems including:

  • Popping, clicking or locking of your jaws
  • Facial pain which radiates to your ears and other parts of your head
  • Jaw pain, tenderness and difficulty opening and closing your jaws

Your dentists in St. Charles can help relieve your TMJ symptoms by recommending:

  • Custom-made oral orthotic devices
  • Bite guards or TMJ splints
  • Muscle relaxants, pain medications and anti-inflammatory medications
  • Stretching, physical therapy and other treatment modalities
  • Hot and cold therapy

You don’t have to suffer from facial pain. Get some help by calling Drs. Edmund and Lynn Lipskis at TMJ and Sleep Therapy Centre of Chicago in St. Charles, IL. Don’t wait, call today!

By TMJ and Sleep Therapy Centre of Chicago
May 08, 2017
Category: Health
Tags: Migraines  

Headaches can be caused by a variety of problems and everyone’s symptoms are different. Some experience a dull ache, while others migrainesmay suffer from debilitating migraines that affect their daily life. Many headaches can be associated with a diagnosis of temporomandibular joint disorder or TMJ. Also, sleep apnea, a sleep disorder, can cause these headaches too. Dr. Edmund Lipskis and Dr. Lynn Lipskis of TMJ and Sleep Therapy Centre of Chicago are well versed in these issues and can diagnose the cause of your headaches and offer helpful treatment options to relieve your pain and suffering.

About TMJ Disorder and Sleep Apnea

Those that suffer from TMJ disorder experience discomfort and difficulty opening their mouth, jaw pain or stiffness, limited jaw movements and even a popping sound when moving the jaw. This can cause wear and tear on the teeth and chronic pain if it is left untreated.

Those with sleep apnea can experience interruptions with their breathing when they are asleep. This is often because of some type of obstruction in the airway that causes the person to actually stop breathing throughout their sleep cycle at night. When someone has sleep apnea they may experience daytime fatigue, loss of productivity and even frequent headaches.

With the help of TMJ and Sleep Therapy Centre of Chicago, in St. Charles, Illinois, there are many effective treatments that have helped a variety of patients to manage their conditions and lessen the frequency and/or severity of their headaches. After a comprehensive evaluation, our team can find the best treatment option to help reduce your pain and offer you the best night’s sleep possible.

FDA-approved oral appliances have been proven to help treat sleep apnea symptoms and headaches. They are great for those that haven’t found success with CPAP machines. The right oral appliance will offer the best results for each patient. For those with headaches from TMJ orders, we can offer an oral appliance that helps to realign your jaw properly, in order to reduce your symptoms.

If you’re looking for some relief from your headaches in St. Charles, Illinois, schedule an appointment with TMJ and Sleep Therapy Centre of Chicago today by calling 630-762-8700.

By TMJ and Sleep Therapy Centre of Chicago
February 28, 2017
Category: Health
Tags: Sleep Apnea  

Sleep apnea affects 18 million Americans according to the National Sleep Foundation, but some of them don't even know that they have sleep apneait. It's a condition that makes it difficult and sometimes impossible for a patient to sleep. This can have wide-reaching effects on the patient’s health and wellness. Find out how a sleep apnea dentist at the TMJ and Sleep Therapy Centre of Chicago in St. Charles, IL, can help you if you struggle with this condition.

Living with Sleep Apnea
Sleep apnea can be translated to mean “a want of breath while sleeping.” It disrupts your ability to breathe comfortably while resting. Many people are living with this sleep disorder, but aren't aware of it yet. Many only learn of the problem when a sleeping partner informs them of disruptive snoring patterns or when they experience symptoms in their waking hours. Here are a few possible signs that you can discuss with your St. Charles dentist:

- Waking up feeling as if you haven't had a wink of sleep.
- Tired feeling throughout the day.
- Inability to concentrate on tasks.
- Irritability and headaches.
- Very dry mouth in the morning.

What Exactly Causes Sleep Apnea?
When a patient with this condition sleeps in a certain position, the soft tissue at the back of the mouth can temporarily close up the nasal passageways. This makes breathing difficult and causes the body to wake up every time it happens. A patient who has sleep apnea will often wake up dozens of times per night and likely snore very loudly. Obesity, heredity, older age and gender (most prevalent in males) are risk factors.

How Your Dentist Can Help
Your St. Charles dentist can get rid of your sleep apnea symptoms with a simple dental device. The device is custom-designed to position your jaw so that the tissue in the back of your mouth no longer causes an obstruction. All you have to do is insert it into your mouth after brushing and before bedtime for a better night of sleep.

Schedule a Consultation
One consultation at TMJ and Sleep Therapy Centre of Chicago in St. Charles, IL could mean the end to your problems with sleep apnea. Dr. Lynn Lipskis and Dr. Edmund Lipskis are happy to provide their patients with comprehensive, quality dental care, including solutions to help you sleep better. Call (630) 762-8700 today to schedule a consultation.

By TMJ and Sleep Therapy Centre of Chicago
January 19, 2017
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Headaches  

Headaches are a common occurrence and, often, are nothing to worry about. However, if your headaches begin coming around more headacheoften than normal or become severe, you should contact your healthcare professional. Learn more about headaches and what causes them with TMJ and Sleep Therapy Centre of Chicago in St. Charles, IL.

What causes headaches? 
You may know that headaches come from many different causes. What you may not know, however, is that many of those causes are dental in nature and related to your mouth and jaw. Some dental-related causes of headaches include:

  • TMJ disorder
  • tired bite
  • muscle imbalance
  • bruxism (teeth grinding)
  • sleep apnea
  • referred pain (pain which originates from a different location)

If you experience headaches, you can work with your dentist to determine the underlying cause and come to a conclusion for treatment plans together.

When should I become concerned about headaches? 
Headaches are no new thing. However, when they begin to affect your everyday life, you should consult with your dentist to find their underlying cause. Headaches may be a sign of an oral health problem if they begin as a dull ache on one side of your face or jaw. Headaches can also be tied to teeth grinding, known medically as bruxism. A misaligned bite may also cause recurring headaches. While these problems can become worse if left untreated, your dentist can help you find the best treatment for you.

Headache Treatment in St. Charles
Treating headaches often requires treating their underlying condition. For example, if your headaches are a result of bruxism, oral dental appliances worn at night can help realign the jaw to decrease instances of teeth grinding, in turn decreasing your headaches. A misaligned bite may require orthodontic treatment like traditional braces or Invisalign. TMJ disorder affects the joints which lie on the side of the jaw, often requiring medication or physical therapy to relieve its symptoms.

For more information on headaches and their causes, please contact Dr. Lynn Lipskis and Dr. Edmund Lipskis at TMJ and Sleep Therapy Centre of Chicago in St. Charles, IL. Call (630) 762-8700 to schedule your appointment with your dentist today!

By TMJ and Sleep Therapy Centre of Chicago
October 31, 2016
Category: Health
Tags: TMJ   jaw pain  

Learn more about jaw pain from your St. Charles dentist.

Painful TMJ symptoms can cause chronic pain and other symptoms that affect the quality of your life. Dr. Lynn Lipskis and Dr. Edmund tmjLipskis, your St. Charles, IL dentists, share information about TMJ and discuss a few common signs and symptoms of the condition.

What is TMJ?

Temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMJ) affects the bones and muscles in your jaw joints located just below your ears. When you talk, swallow or chew, your bones, muscles and ligaments work together to ensure that your joint functions smoothly. If anything disrupts the normal functioning of the joint, pain and other symptoms can occur.

What are the signs and symptoms of TMJ?

Pain is the most troubling symptom of TMJ. Although it may start in your jaw, it can radiate to your neck, face, temples and ears. In addition to pain, you may also experience:

  • Clicking or Popping: Every time you open your mouth, you might hear a clicking or popping sound in your jaw joint.
  • Stiffness: A stiff jaw is common when you have TMJ.
  • Bite Problems: TMJ can develop in people who have bite problems. These problems occur when your upper and lower teeth don't fit together properly.
  • Headaches: Because TMJ increases tension in your jaw, facial, shoulder and neck muscles, it's not surprising that you may have frequent headaches.
  • Jaw Locking: Have you ever noticed that your jaw seems to become stuck for a few seconds? Temporary or permanent locking can occur with TMJ.
  • Ear Symptoms: Tinnititus (ringing in the ears) and ear pain can also accompany the disorder.
  • Fatigue: When you're in pain, your energy level often suffers.

Why do I have TMJ?

It's not always possible to determine why you have TMJ, but the disorder can occur due to:

  • Grinding or clenching your teeth while you sleep
  • Chronic conditions, such as osteo or rheumatoid arthritis, fibromyalgia or chronic fatigue syndrome
  • A jaw injury
  • Stress
  • Poor posture
  • Bite issues

Your dentist offers treatments that can help relieve your TMJ symptoms. If you're tired of living with pain, call Dr. Lipskis and Dr. Lipskis, your St. Charles, IL dentists, at (630) 762-8700 to schedule an appointment.

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