TMD is often a chronic and frequently degenerative disease. That is why it is important for anyone who is experiencing symptoms - headaches, earaches, dizziness and clicking or popping in the jaw joints - to schedule an appointment for a consultation with a qualified dental professional. Seeing your regular dentist may not be sufficient, since all dentists do not have the appropriate training or expertise. This is also true of medical professionals who, like many dentists, frequently refer patients to us in order to rule out (or rule in) a TMD problem when making a differential diagnosis.
The sooner TMD is accurately diagnosed, the easier it is to treat. Although there is no "cure" for TMD, many patients experience relief of their symptoms shortly after beginning treatment. In addition, more than 95% of all patients can be treated successfully and without surgery of any kind!
Sleep is interwoven with every facet of our health and well-being, our moods and behavior, energy and emotions, marriages, jobs, our very sanity and happiness. There are over 80 known sleep disorders that occur due to stress, health conditions and other factors.
Today, with dentistry¡¯s new knowledge and diagnostic skills, many times we can provide assistance for the snoring or sleep apnea patient. Working together with the pulmonologist or sleep doctor and other health care professionals, brings effective ¡°team management¡± to the patient to minimize or correct the problem.
Did you know:
- Sleep disorders affect nearly 70 million Americans
- Ninety percent of snorers exhibit some apneics tendencies
- Hypertension is present in approximately 50% of sleep apnea patients
- Over long periods of time sleep apnea results in memory loss and
- Sixty percent of males and forty percent of females over 60 years of
- Thousands of hours are lost on the job with the cost in U.S.
production exceeding $60 billion annually