TMD / Bruxism / Sleep Apnoea in Mount Waverley, VIC

Man in red sweatshirt holding jaw from painAt Mount Waverley Smiles, our dentists offer specialty services and treatments for TMD (temporomandibular joint dysfunction), sleep apnoea and bruxism. Studies have shown that there may be a link between these conditions that may negatively impact your oral health in Mount Waverley, VIC.

What Is TMD?

TMD implies a disorder of the temporomandibular joint (TMJ), a hinge-like bone that connects your jaw to your lower skull. 

When this joint is inflamed or not functioning properly, you may notice chronic or recurring headaches, a clicking sound in the joint, locking jaw, jaw pain and neck pain.

TMD may link to bruxism (grinding and clenching your teeth) or sleep apnoea (a serious sleep disorder).

Untreated TMD may lead to severe pain and severely inhibit your ability to chew. Our dentists will work with you to come up with a solution.

What Is Sleep Apnoea

Sleep apnoea is a severe sleep disorder that means you stop breathing several times during the night. The symptoms of sleep apnoea include:

  • Feeling tired during the day
  • Feeling irritable
  • Waking up during the night
  • Snoring

Untreated sleep apnoea in Mount Waverley, VIC can lead to serious health complications, including sudden heart attack and stroke.

Your Mount Waverley, VIC dentist can spot the signs of sleep apnoea upon exam and point you to a specialist for diagnosis. Your dentist may also provide treatment for your sleep apnoea.

What Is Bruxism?

Bruxism means you grind and clench your teeth. Many patients do this while sleeping and don’t recall doing it. They simply wake up with sore jaws or have intermittent tooth pain.

Without treatment, bruxism may lead to enamel attrition, cavities and even tooth loss through breakage. Bruxism in Mount Waverley, VIC may also contribute to TMD.

Treatments for TMD, Sleep Apnoea and Bruxism

Woman smiling while leaning on pillow TMD treatment in Mount Waverley, VIC may call for special exercises or even a custom mouthguard to relieve grinding and clenching. Your Mount Waverley, VIC dentist can create a custom mouthguard that works for your unique situation, a mouthguard that fits your smile and helps to relieve your discomfort.

Sleep apnoea treatments in Mount Waverley, VIC rely on a similar mouthguard, but in this case, the guard is designed to keep your airway open while you sleep. These mouthguards are designed with your comfort in mind. Often people who cannot sleep well with the CPAP machine—a standard sleep apnoea therapy—move toward mouthguards.

Bruxism treatments in Mount Waverley, VIC may rely on custom nightguards. These nightguards gently separate your teeth as you sleep, which prevents grinding and clenching.

Treatments for these conditions are at the discretion of your dentist, but if you’ve been diagnosed or suspect you have TMD, sleep apnoea or bruxism, we invite you to contact Mount Waverley Smiles. Dr Austin Rhee or Dr William Huynh will assess your situation and work to help you feel better and sleep better.