Sleep Apnea and TMJ Treatment in Boise, ID
Both Dr. Daniel and Dr. Robert are lifetime learners, and it is this commitment to continuing their education that allows us to provide advanced dentistry services at our Boise, ID dental office that you might not find at other practices.
Solutions for Sleep Apnea
Are you regularly accused of loud snoring during the night? Did you know that your snoring can be the sign of a bigger problem?
Sleep apnea is a severe disorder that happens when you stop breathing throughout the night, which interrupts your rest. This typically occurs because of a blocked airway, which cuts off needed oxygen. If you struggle with sleep apnea, you may be waking up multiple times throughout the night without even realizing it, which means your body is not getting the rejuvenating sleep that it needs.
While the standard of care for sleep apnea is continuous positive airway pressure therapy (CPAP), many patients can also benefit by using a customized oral appliance that we can create at Ackerman Family Dentistry.
Since CPAP therapy requires patients to wear a mask during sleep, many people find it uncomfortable or difficult to comply with their treatment. A custom oral appliance is easier for most patients to get used to, and comfortable to wear during the night.
An oral appliance slightly repositions your jaw to open your airway for clear breathing while you sleep. Patients with mild to moderate sleep apnea are often able to successfully manage their condition with only the use of their oral appliance. Patients with severe sleep apnea can combine both CPAP and oral appliance therapy for the best outcome.
Contact Ackerman Family Dentistry today at (208) 376-7954 to learn more about sleep apnea.
Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy (OMT)
An orofacial myofunctional disorder (OMD) can cause a host of problems, such as difficulties eating, breathing, speaking, swallowing, and even getting a good night’s sleep. OMDs stem from muscles in the tongue, face, and mouth that are not functioning correctly.
Habits, such as mouth breathing and thumb sucking can lead to reduced muscle posture and cause an OMD. Patients with an OMD may find suffer from these symptoms:
- Pain in the jaw joint (TMJ)
- An open bite (Where top teeth don’t meet bottom teeth and overlap properly)
- Digestive problems
- Chronic headaches
- Sleep apnea
At Ackerman Family Dentistry, our hygienist is trained to provide orofacial myofunctional therapy (OMT) for patients who might be struggling with an OMD. With a proper diagnosis and exercises that are personalized for your unique needs, you can achieve proper muscle function over weeks or months.
Treatment for TMJ Pain in Boise
Your jaw (TMJ) is the most complex joint system in your body, and when it’s not functioning correctly, you may experience a disorder known as temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMD).
TMD can be painful and cause symptoms, such as:
- Headaches or migraines
- Pain or tenderness in your neck or shoulders
- Your jaw locking open or closed
- Clicking or popping in your jaw
- Clenching and grinding your teeth
Boise dentists, Dr. Daniel and Dr. Robert, offer solutions for TMD with a custom mouth guard to help muscles relax and function normally again.
Don’t suffer from the discomfort and pain of TMD, contact Ackerman Family Dentistry today to learn more about the comfortable solutions and other advanced services we provide.