My TMJ/Sleep Blog
By TMJ and Sleep Therapy Centre of Chicago
January 03, 2018
Category: Oral Health
Tags: TMJ   jaw pain  

Do you wake up with a sore jaw? Do you have unexplained headaches?tmj

Dr. Lynn Lipskis and Dr. Edmund Lipskis in St. Charles, IL, know just what to do!


The Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) connects to your lower jaw and to the skull in front of the ear. TMJ syndrome is a disorder accompanied by consistent pain in the area near your ear, jaw or muscles on the side of your face. You may suffer from a clicking or popping sound and/or restricted jaw movement.

Causes of TMJ:

The TMJ is subject to various issues, such as:

  • Inflammation
  • Sore muscles
  • Strained tendons
  • Ligaments
  • Disk problems
  • Genes, age and gender (women seem to be more prone to it)
  • Physical and psychological stress

Signs and Symptoms of TMJ

  • Clicking Sounds — If you're suffering from TMJ, you may hear a clicking, popping sound coming from the TMJ when you open or close your mouth. This is usually caused by a shifting of the disk inside the joint. The clicking may be so loud, someone standing next to you may hear it.
  • Joint Pain — Pain usually comes from one or both jaw joints and would be considered arthritis.
  • Muscle Pain — You may feel pain in your cheeks, where the pairs of jaw-closing muscles are located. If you feel soreness and stiffness upon waking up in the morning, it may be related to clenching and/or grinding the teeth at night. A nightguard may help relieve that pressure, but be sure to speak with your St. Charles doctor.


Once your doctors have examined you, they can start designing a treatment plan. Here are some ways they may improve your diet or lifestyle:

  • Wearing a removable oral orthotic for 10-12 weeks 24 hours per day.
  • A softer diet to reduce stress on the muscles and joints.
  • Ice and/or moist heat to relieve soreness and inflammation.
  • Gentle stretching exercises to avoid muscle spasms.
  • Medications and muscle relaxants for pain relief.

For more information, contact Dr. Lynn Lipskis and Dr. Edmund Lipskis in St. Charles, IL, today!

By TMJ and Sleep Therapy Centre of Chicago
October 17, 2017
Category: Health
Tags: Sleep Apnea   Snoring  

Find out how a simple oral appliance could stop you from snoring at night.snoring

While TV shows may make snoring bed partners a humorous situation, if you or a loved one deals with loud snoring pretty consistently then you know it’s definitely not as funny as those shows make them out to be. While snoring may affect a lot of people at some point during their lifetime for many different reasons, if you are someone who is dealing with consistent or loud snoring, then you should turn to our St. Charles, IL, sleep apnea dentists Dr. Lynn Lipskis and Dr. Edmund Lipskis for help.

Why is snoring bad?

While you may not know it, persistent snoring could actually put your health at risk. Along with the fact that you could have a sleep disorder known as obstructive sleep apnea, snoring in general reduces the quality of your sleep.

Snoring may cause you to wake up throughout the night (even if you aren’t aware of it), which can lead to chronic daytime fatigue. As you may imagine, being persistently tired throughout the day can make it difficult to be as productive as you need to be at work. You may make more mistakes or, worse yet, fall asleep while driving. This can also leave you prone to accidents, whether on the road or at the workplace. So, why not achieve a better night’s rest if you can?

How can a dentist help me?

If your snoring is due to obstructive sleep apnea but your condition is mild or even moderate then our St. Charles, IL, snoring dentists can create a custom oral appliance that will help keep the airways open while you sleep and help manage your symptoms so that you can sleep better.

Even if your snoring isn’t caused by sleep apnea we can still help you. We know that snoring can keep you or your sleeping partner up at night. To help everyone sleep more soundly we can help you choose the right custom oral device to fit your needs. There are countless oral devices on the market that are made from different materials and offer different styles, so we will sit down and help you choose the one that will be most beneficial for you.

TMJ & Sleep Therapy and the Centre for Integrative Orthodontics in St. Charles, IL, is dedicated to providing you with the very best in dental care. Whether you are dealing with obstructive sleep apnea or you want to get an orthodontic evaluation from our very own Dr. Edmund, we are here to serve you.

By TMJ and Sleep Therapy Centre of Chicago
August 23, 2017
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Root Canal  

Need a root canal? Millions of teeth are saved this way each year, making teeth healthy again and relieving pain. Dr. Edmund Lipskis, Dr. root canalLynn Lipskis, and Dr. Dana Lipskis of St. Charles Family Dentistry, which is located in St. Charles, IL, offer root canal therapy with a gentle touch. Here are five signs you may need a root canal.

1- A Toothache- A toothache is a sign that root canal therapy, or endodontic therapy, is needed. Its level may range from mild to extreme. You may have difficulty sleeping because of the pain caused by a diseased tooth. Root canal treatment will relieve your toothache pain and improve your well-being. 

2- Bump on the Gum- Do you have a bump on your gum? Do not worry – this is normal. A pimple-like bump that forms on the gum one may be a sign that root canal treatment is needed. The pimple on your gum will often go away and then come back. If you notice a bump on your gum, you should see your St. Charles, IL dentist for treatment.

3- Swollen Gums- Swelling around the gums or a tooth is a sign that root canal therapy is needed. The swelling can range from very slight to quite pronounced. Swelling isn't always accompanied by the presence of pain.The swelling will not subside until you have endodontic therapy.

4- Hot/Cold Sensitivity- Do hot and cold bother you? Prolonged sensitivity to hot and cold beverages is a sign that endodontic therapy is needed. If your tooth sensitivity is persistent and severe, your dentist may recommend root canal therapy. Your tooth sensitivity will go away after you have root canal therapy.

5- Tooth Discoloration- Do you have a discolored tooth? Tooth discoloration is common, particularly in those who drink coffee or use tobacco. Sometimes a darkened tooth is an indication that something is wrong with it. One severely discolored tooth may be a sign that endodontic therapy is needed.

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, call St. Charles Family Dentistry at 630-377-3131 right now to schedule a dental appointment in St. Charles, IL. We can provide all the relief you need. You have nothing to lose except your pain!

By TMJ and Sleep Therapy Centre of Chicago
August 23, 2017
Category: Health
Tags: Headaches  

Have TMJ? Your jaw may be to blame for your headaches. Your temporomandibular joint (is the hinge that connects your jaw to your skull. headacheThe jaw pain created by the clenching travels to other places in the skull, causing headaches. Dr. Lynn Lipskis and Dr. Edmund Lipskis of TMJ & Sleep Therapy And The Centre For Integrative Orthodontics, which is located in St. Charles, IL, offer treatments for TMJ. Read on to find out how you can treat your headaches.

Hot or Cold Packs- Both heat and ice can help with headache pain. Apply a hot or cold pack to your head. You can also alternate hot and cold packs to relieve headache pain. Cold compresses have a numbing effect and dull the sensation of pain. Heat stimulates your sensory receptors to disrupt pain signals to the brain, resulting in pain relief.

Phase I Treatment- Phase I treatment of TMJ includes the fabrication of an orthotic. An orthotic is an oral appliance that is worn on the bottom teeth 24 hours per day. The oral appliance is designed to correct the position of the jaw. Once an orthotic is in use, your symptoms will start gradually disappearing. The oral appliance is usually worn for 4 to 6 months or until your symptoms are relieved.

Phase II Treatment- If your symptoms return after you wean off your daytime appliance, your dentist may recommend Phase II treatment, which makes the corrected jaw position permanent. Phase II includes any of the following: orthodontic treatment, crown and bridge restorations, a removable bite restorer, and specialty dentures.

If you have TMJ, why not take the first step to a healthier you? Call TMJ & Sleep Therapy And The Centre For Integrative Orthodontics at 630-762-8700 today to book an appointment in St. Charles, IL. Get your life back on track by receiving the best TMJ headache treatment available.

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!

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