Sleep Apnea Treatment
Did you know that sleep apnea can be caused by orthodontic or TMJ problems? Obstructive sleep apnea often occurs because the jaw is misaligned due to issues in the temporomandibular joint or when the teeth are out of alignment. Bob Perkins, DDS, in Malibu offers treatment for complex TMJ and orthodontic issues, which can offer relief from sleep apnea.
Sleep apnea is more than just loud snoring. When obstruction occurs in the airway while sleeping, it results in snoring and gasping for breath. However, the effects on health are the most concerning. You can be put at a higher risk for cardiovascular problems like high blood pressure and stroke. You may also increase your risk for type 2 diabetes, headaches and fatigue. Opening the airway can stop the snoring and gasping, plus reduce your risk for the many health issues that accompany sleep apnea.
TMJ, Orthodontic and Sleep Apnea Specialists
Our orthodontic and TMJ specialists can help our patients with sleep apnea finally get a restful night’s sleep. We customize treatment to address the dental and orthodontic issues that can cause sleep apnea. Our specialists will examine the temporomandibular joint, teeth and jaw for misalignment and imbalance issues. When the lower jaw is out of alignment, it can shift backwards and reposition the tongue. This can put pressure on the soft tissues and palate during sleep, creating an airway obstruction. Using orthodontic and other methods, we can readjust the jaw, teeth and bite to open the airway and end sleep apnea.
If you live in Malibu, you have access to specialized treatment for TMJ, orthodontics and sleep apnea. Bob Perkins, DDS, offers the best care for these specialized oral health problems at our office in Malibu. Contact us today to schedule your first exam and consultation to get relief from your sleep apnea.