Posts for category: Oral Health
Your noisy snoring could mean more about your health than you might think.
A lot of Americans snore. In fact, it’s such a common habit that most people just shove their head under a pillow and ignore their partner’s sleeping bellows. Unfortunately, this loud habit could actually be trying to tell you something about your health. Our Denver, CO, dentist Dr. Steven Wilk is here to tell you how your loud or chronic snoring could be indicative of a sleep disorder.
Have you ever heard of sleep apnea? This is a common sleep problem that affects millions of Americans. Unfortunately, many people have it and don’t even know it. Untreated sleep apnea is a serious issue, as this condition not only affects your quality of sleep but also your long-term health. Sleep apnea causes people to stop breathing several times throughout the night. Since not enough oxygen is getting to the brain while you sleep you can imagine the health issues that can arise as a result.
Besides loud and chronic snoring, another classic sign of sleep apnea is extreme daytime fatigue. No matter how much sleep you get you wake up feeling exhausted. This exhaustion doesn’t seem to go away and may even get worse in the afternoon. Sleep apnea can also affect your mood and make it more difficult to concentrate.
If sleep apnea isn’t treated not only will you not reap the benefits of restorative sleep but also you may increase your chances of developing these long-term health problems:
- Heart disease
- Heart attack
- Hypertension (high blood pressure)
- Type 2 diabetes
Getting treated for sleep apnea is very important. Turn to a sleep specialist as soon as possible for an evaluation. The sooner you receive a diagnosis the better.
Of course, you might be surprised to learn that our Denver dentist can also manage your sleep apnea symptoms. If you’ve been diagnosed with mild-to-moderate sleep apnea, or if you haven’t found success through CPAP treatment, then it’s time you talked with us.
A dentist can create a custom-made oral appliance that will prevent the airways from collapsing or the tongue from obstructing the airways while you sleep. The device is only worn over your teeth as you sleep. It’s comfortable, convenience, easily portable and a simple solution for treating your sleep apnea symptoms.
If you suspect that you or someone you love has sleep apnea then it’s time to schedule a consultation with us at the Center for Headache, TMJ, and Sleep Disorders in Denver, CO. Let’s end sleep apnea-related snoring and get you the sleep you deserve.
Your jaw feels sore, and it makes odd popping noises when you open and close your mouth. Lately, your ears have started ringing, and you occasionally feel a bit dizzy. Then, headaches happen off and on throughout your work week. What's going on? These symptoms and more often indicate a common chronic condition called TMJ--temporomandibular joint dysfunction. Fortunately, Denver, CO has a TMJ dentist--Dr. Steven Wilk of the Center for Headache, TMJ and Sleep Disorders. He'll unravel the mystery of TMJ and get you feeling better.
What happens when you have TMJ?
The National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research says that approximately 10 million American adults have some degree of TMJ Dysfunction. Your TMJ dentist in Denver takes that statistic very seriously, and he has devoted much of his credentialing and dental practice to treating this distressing oral health issue.
At the Center for Headache, TMJ & Sleep Disorders, Dr. Wilk evaluates patients of all ages and walks of life, although younger women under the age of 40 seem more prone. Patients typically present with symptoms that vary in severity. They include:
- Ear pain
- Vertigo, or dizziness
- Popping and grating noises that occur while chewing or opening and closing the jaw
- Facial and jaw soreness
- Neck and shoulder pain
- Tinnitus, a ringing sound in the ears
- Cracked or unevenly worn back teeth
How do these symptoms start? Reasons are wide-ranging and may include oral trauma (a blow to the face or whiplash from an auto accident), stress (leading to teeth clenching, or bruxism), improper dental bite (malocclusion) and arthritis. Unfortunately, when not treated, TMJ Dysfunction can worsen, increasing pain.
You can be treated for TMJ
Begin with a complete evaluation at the Center for Headache, TMJ & Sleep Disorders. Dr. Wilk will ask about your symptoms, palpate your jaw, neck and face and take digital X-rays and other kinds of imaging as needed. Computerized Joint Vibration Analysis tells the doctor the degree of abnormality in jaw joint function.
With results from testing, Dr. Wilk puts together a personalized patient care plan. Depending on the severity of the TMJ Dysfunction, he may employ Phase I or Phase II treatment options.
Phase I options involve treatment of the soft tissues with physical therapy, pain medications, including local anesthetics and muscle relaxants, and customized oral splints. Phase II techniques result in permanent changes to the mouth and jaw and may include orthodontic correction, placement of dental crowns and even oral surgery.
Count on Dr. Wilk
He'll guide you through TMJ evaluation, treatment and follow-up. Feel better soon. Call the Center for Headache, TMJ & Sleep Disorders in Denver, CO at (303) 758-4865 for a consultation.
Headaches commonly plague much of the population of the United States. You might think that headaches are a result of stress, too much strain on your eyes or too much noise, but it is also possible that TMJ is the cause of your headaches. Your teeth and jaw can be directly responsible for everything from headaches to sleep disorders. At Center for Headache, TMJ, and Sleep Disorders, a professional TMJ Dentist in Denver, CO, Dr. Steven Wilk, can help you learn about the possibilities.
Finding Help For Your Jaw Pain
If your jaw is not aligned properly it can put tremendous pressure on your head and your teeth. TMJ can cause ear pain and pressure, tooth sensitivity, eye pain, cheek pain and even neck and shoulder pain. The migraine-like symptoms can be relieved with a variety of treatments including stretching of the jaw and its related muscles, as well as the realignment of the jaw. Utilizing oral devices to adjust the jaw while sleeping can relieve pressure and allow the jaw to relax. This can also allow proper air flow to go through the mouth and keep individuals from snoring. The teeth have a great deal to do with how you sleep and what you feel like. This qualified TMJ dentist in Denver, CO, can help you to see results and enjoy reduced pain and better sleep.
You don’t have to live with the headaches, tension, pain and sleep loss caused by your jaw. Contacting Dr. Steven Wilk in Denver, CO, is a good way to get started. Dr. Wilk with the Center for Headache, TMJ, and Sleep Disorders can help you learn more about how to free yourself from the problems. Call our experts today at (303) 758-4865 to schedule a consultation and talk about your treatment options. We look forward to bringing you the chance to sleep well and live pain-free.