TMJ and Sleep Apnea

St. Charles TMJ Therapy, Snoring and Sleep Apnea Appliances

 

      Do You? 

Wake up with a sore jaw or unexplained head pain? 

Grind your teeth? 

Snore? Suddenly wake up at night?

Have Ear pain or headaches?

Have Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD)?

Does your child wet their bed?  

These are all symptoms which can be related to a TMJ or sleep disordered breathing problem.

The TMJ and Sleep Therapy Centre of Chicago will offer you an alternative to surgery or medication. Call us for an appointment!

TMJ and Sleep Therapy Centre of Chicago offers a full array of services to help you eliminate chronic pain, reduce/eliminate snoring and to get a great night's sleep. Dr. Lynn Lipskis concentrates on the treatment and long-term management of TMD and sleep disordered breathing, and we pride ourselves in offering the latest technology and treatments available. 

 

TMD/Chronic Pain Therapy

Your non-invasive therapy will probably involve wearing a removable oral orthotic which will help to reposition your jaw in a 3D position which will help reduce muscle fatigue and pain. These appliances are worn for 10-12 weeks 24 hours per day. At the end of the 10-12 weeks, you will be weaned from wearing the daytime appliance and will be instructed to continue wearing the nighttime appliance. You will have biweekly visits to our office for physical medicine treatments which will aid the healing process. 80% of our patients successfully wean off their daytime appliance and then just come back for periodic visits to check and see how they are doing.If you are not able to wean off the daytime appliance, you will require a second phase of treatment which will make the corrected jaw position permanent.

Remember that follow-up appointments are important to ensure long term success. We recommend six month evaluations to monitor your progress and help to prevent a reoccurence.

Snoring Appliances

If the determination has been made by your physician that you simply snore and do not have sleep apnea, we can help reduce or eliminate the annoying noise which can be disruptive to your sleep or the sleep of your bed partner.

Oral Devices to Address Obstructive Sleep Apnea

Once you have a diagnosis of Obstructive Sleep Apnea from your physician, Dr. Lipskis will work closely with you and your physician to address your apnea problem.There are many FDA approved oral appliances to address sleep apnea. We use modern technology to help us evaluate your condition and monitor your treatment progress such as:  pharyngometry and home screening sleep studies.

Oral Appliance Therapy is usually recommended for mild to moderate OSA (Obstructive Sleep Apnea). If you have had a sleep study and your AHI (number of times your stop breathing per hour) is 6-30, an oral appliance (OAT) is probably a good solution to your problem. Severe apnea (AHI greater than 30) is normally addressed with CPAP, AutoPAP or BIPAP therapy. We do treat people with severe apnea who are CPAP intolerant with excellent results. If you are CPAP intolerant, we may be able to improve your condition to minimize your symptoms.

Phase Two TMJ-Orthodontic Therapy

Approximately 10% of our TMD patients are not able to wean off of their daytime appliance without a return of symptoms. In that situation, we recommend Phase Two treatment which makes the corrected jaw position permanent. This can be accomplished in one of several ways: orthodontics, a removable bite restorer, crown and bridge restorations and specialty dentures. 

Specialty Dentures

If you have lost a lot or all of your teeth, it may be contributing to a TMJproblem. Dr. Lipskis can help you feel and look better by providing dentures which will re-establish a corrected 3D jaw positon for a long term solution to your pain issues.

Toothaches

Simple toothaches are most often the result of an issue with a tooth- it is a localized problem. Sometimes, vague tooth pain can be the result of "referred pain" from muscles distant from the teeth. One of these muscles is the masseter which acts to close/clench your jaw. Another muscle in your back/neck, the trapezius, can cause similar symptoms. If you have tooth pain which cannot be explained by your dentist, consider calling Dr. Lipskis for an opinion.