Keywords: Sleep disorder, obstructive sleep apnea, bruxism, clinching, grinding, temporomandibular joint disorder, TMJ, TMD and sleep medicine.
Teeth clinching or grinding, also known as bruxism, is a common problem and can cause enamel damage, headaches, and temporomandibular joint disorders (TMD). According to the American Academy of Orofacial Pain, bruxism is a nocturnal parafunctional activity which includes clenching, gnashing, gritting, and grinding of teeth. During sleep, our muscles start to relax causing the tongue to retreat to the back of the throat. This can lead to upper airway resistance or obstruction during sleep. Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) can be managed with Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) after a correct diagnosis from a sleep specialist. At AZTMJ, Dr. Stan Farrell has extensive training in treating sleep apnea and other sleep disorders. Dr. Stan Farrell offers one of the leading alternatives for the CPAP, which is an oral appliance that can be used in conjunction with a CPAP or as a stand-alone oral appliance depending on the severity of the individual’s OSA. If you or someone you know might be suffering from obstructive sleep apnea, please schedule an initial consultation today with Dr. Farrell at 480-945-3629 or visit us at www.az-tmj.com for more information.
Gerard Meskill, M.D., Simmons, J. Prehn, R., Oksenberg, A., Arons, E., Basić, V., Mehulić, K.