Temporomandibular Disorder (TMD)

The Center for Sleep Apnea and TMJ is a dental clinic dedicated to helping you with sleep apnea, snoring, and TMJ pain. It’s time to smile again as you finally get a good night’s rest!

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What is TMD?

Temporomandibular joint disorders (TMD), commonly referred to as “TMJ”, are quite common.

Women of child bearing years are the most affected, but temporomandibular disorders can affect men, woman, and children of all ages. The most common clinical symptoms of temporomandibular disorders include:

  • Pain in the jaw joint and surrounding structures
  • Pain in the face
  • Headache
  • Popping or clicking in the jaw joints
  • A crunching sound in the jaw joints
  • Restricted opening
  • Catching or locking of the jaw
  • Pain when chewing
  • Ear pain without actual ear infection
  • A congested feeling in the ears
  • Ringing in the ears

Each patient is different and the number, intensity and frequency of TMD symptoms each patient presents with is unique.

Obviously, many of the above symptoms are not specific to temporomandibular disorders. Our doctors work closely with your doctor, dentist and other members of the medical/dental community to make sure that the most accurate diagnosis possible for your TMD is made.

If you feel you suffer from TMD, please call our office today to schedule a consultation: (208) 376-3600.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Linked Health Issues

Sleep Apnea is also considered a risk factor for several serious health problems, such as:

  • High Blood Pressure
  • Heart Attack
  • Stroke

*Note that most insurance companies consider the treatment of snoring as a “cosmetic” issue, and therefore won’t cover the cost of treatment.

Affects Children Also

Sleep apnea also affects children. Usually this is due to the child having large tonsils that obstruct the airway; just like in adults, often snoring is a sign of an obstructed airway. Some of the problems common in children that have been linked to sleep apnea include:

  • Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD)
  • Mood disorders
  • Bed wetting
  • Problems learning
  • Growth problems

To see if your child may be at risk, view the video of sleep apnea in children.

Affects Sleep Partner

Sleep apnea can also adversely affect the sleep of the bed partner of the person with sleep apnea. Please click the link to read a study done by the Mayo Clinic on the effect of sleep apnea and snoring on the bed partner.

How is Sleep Apnea Treated?

The quality of your sleep greatly affects your quality of life. The good news is that help is readily available from a sleep apnea clinic and usually doesn’t require medications. If you think you may have sleep apnea or you know someone who might, please ask us for a referral to a qualified sleep specialist in your area, or talk to your primary care doctor. Treating sleep apnea can add more life to your years and more years to your life.

Oral appliance therapy has become a widely used and accepted method of treating sleep disordered breathing. The gold standard therapy for obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP). Although CPAP is usually very effective in treating OSA, there are many patients who are not able to tolerate its use. If you have tried to use CPAP but have given up on using the therapy, an oral appliance may be for you. Contact CPC Idaho, your sleep apnea clinic, for a consultation.