Headaches can be caused by a variety of different issues and everyone’s headache symptoms may be different. Some only experience a dull, mild ache while others may deal with painful debilitating migraines that affect their daily lives. While many factors can be to blame for your headache, if you’ve ever been diagnosed with a temporomandibular joint disorder (also known as TMJ disorder) or a sleep disorder like sleep apnea then your headaches could be caused by either of these two common conditions.
Sleep Apnea and TMJ Disorder
Those with TMJ disorder often experience jaw pain and stiffness, discomfort and difficulty opening the mouth, a clicking or popping sound when moving the jaw and even limited jaw movement. This condition also causes chronic pain and eventual wear and tear on teeth if not properly treated.
Those with sleep apnea experience interruptions to their breathing while asleep. This is often due to an obstruction in the airway that causes the person to stop breathing during the night. These breathing cessations happen for seconds at a time and can occur several times throughout the night. Those with sleep apnea experience extreme daytime fatigue, frequent headaches that appear more often in the morning, and a loss of productivity.
How Can They Be Treated?
Luckily, TMJ and Sleep Therapy Centre of Chicago is able to provide support and effective treatments to help patients manage their conditions and lessen the frequency and severity of their headaches. We offer a full range of services to treat problems like sleep apnea and TMJ disorders. Our dentists are dedicated to finding the treatment option to help reduce your pain and provide a better night’s sleep.
Our FDA-approved oral appliances can fully address your sleep apnea symptoms. This is particularly comforting for those patients who don’t find relief from CPAP machines, which is a standard treatment option for those with sleep disorders. We will sit down and discuss which oral appliance therapy option will offer the best and most effective results.
For those whose headaches are the result of TMJ disorders, we also offer a non-invasive oral appliance that helps to realign your jaw to reduce your TMJ symptoms. This oral appliance is worn each day for several weeks, after which the patient will only need to wear them at night.
To find out more about how we could alleviate headaches caused by sleep apnea or TMJ disorders, contact our St. Charles, IL office today at (630) 762-8700.