Many people think of dentists as strictly experts in teeth and gums. However, they have specialized skills and knowledge to treat all sorts of problems involving the mouth, including jaw problems. If you are suffering from persistent jaw pain, you could have temporomandibular joint disorder, also known as TMJ. Your first instinct might be to contact a doctor. However, your dentist may actually be the professional best equipped to provide relief. Keep reading to learn why you should turn to a dentist for TMJ pain.(more…)
Sleep Rehab Blog
July 21, 2022
June 3, 2022
Your temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is the most important joint in your whole body; it’s what allows you to move and control your jaw so you can bite, chew, speak, and more. Most people don’t think twice about these daily movements—that is, until they experience jaw pain! But did you know that if you have migraines, they might be the result of TMJ disorder? However, neither of these things are chronic issues that you should have to live with. Here’s more from your sleep dentist about the connection between migraines and TMJ dysfunction.(more…)
May 3, 2022
If you’ve recently been diagnosed with sleep apnea, you’ve probably received some nifty new mouth gear as part of your treatment! But even though this solution is incredibly helpful for patients who struggle to get a good night’s rest, you might be having some difficulties with the adjustment process. There’s nothing to worry about, though—it can take time for your body to get used to a new oral appliance. But once it does, you’ll immediately notice a difference in the quality of your sleep. Here’s what you need to know about oral appliances so you can better adjust to yours.(more…)
April 23, 2022
Your temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is located on either side of your face, connecting your jaw to your skull. It allows you to perform simple movements needed for everyday life, like chewing and speaking. You probably never spent too much time thinking about the joint until it started giving you problems. Clicking, popping, and recurring jaw pain are common signs of TMJ disorder. Although the symptoms may not seem too alarming, TMJ pain can turn into a big problem quickly. Here are 5 risks of not treating TMD.
December 16, 2021
It’s easy to write off a little bit of jaw pain. You may consider it mild and continually put seeking help lower and lower on your to-do list. Maybe you don’t think there is any valid treatment for your jaw pain. Whatever the reason, it’s important to seek assistance for your jaw pain sooner than later. TMJ is a serious disorder that can evolve into other issues over time.
What Symptoms to Look For
You may be experiencing one of these symptoms, or you may experience several of them. Either way, TMJ can get worse over time, so if you have even the slightest problem on the list below, it may be time to consult with a professional.
- Jaw pain
- Pain in the neck or shoulders
- Difficulty opening your mouth wide
- Jaws that “lock” in the open- or closed-mouth position
- Clicking, popping, or grating sounds in the jaw joint when opening or closing your mouth
- A tired feeling in your face
- Difficulty chewing
- Tinnitus, or ringing in your ears
- Changes in the way your teeth fit together
- Swelling on the side of your face
- Tooth pain
There are also signals that you may develop TMJ. It may be worth booking an appointment if you grind or clench your teeth, as this can lead to TMJ dysfunction. And not to worry – not every solution is surgical. At Sleep Rehab, all of our TMJ appliances are non-surgical and non-invasive.
Remember: It’s never too early to find solutions for TMJ, but it can be too late. Be ahead of the problem and schedule a visit with Sleep Rehab today.
November 16, 2021
Sleep is arguably the most important activity to allow our bodies to function at the highest ability, so it should be startling that 50 to 70 million adults in the U.S. are affected by a sleep disorder (American Sleep Association [ASA], 2021). Even more shocking, 25 million of those Americans are diagnosed with Obstructive Sleep Apnea, also known as OSA. Not receiving the proper amount of sleep is a nationwide issue.
Uncontrolled, there are a lot of health risks associated with Sleep Apnea including heart attacks, high blood pressure, and stroke, just to name a few. Aside from those, drowsiness during the day can affect your life in negative ways. When exhausted, you can’t work at your highest potential, you’re irritable around family and friends, and you put your physical health on the backburner. Shouldn’t there be a magic pill to make all of this go away?
Medication is generally used to treat issues that can change physiologically in your body like high blood pressure, cholesterol, and infection. Unfortunately, you can’t anatomically alter your existing body parts with medication. In the case of Sleep Apnea, your narrow airway is the problem, and only devices and surgery can assist with opening up this passageway.
We wish there was a magic pill for Sleep Apnea as much as everyone else. But until that happens (if ever!) we’re going to have to rely on the cutting edge techniques at Sleep Rehab. We offer a variety of products that we tailor to you to make sleeping as effortless as possible, without requiring invasive surgery or heavy machinery. Contact us today for a consultation and start sleeping better.
September 16, 2021
The temporomandibular joints (TMJ) are defined by Johns Hopkins Medicine as “the 2 joints that connect your lower jaw to your skull. More specifically, they are the joints that slide and rotate in front of each ear, and consist of the mandible (the lower jaw) and the temporal bone (the side and base of the skull).”
As you can tell, these are complex joints that can cause complex issues, which we call Temporomandibular disorders (TMD). These disorders of the jaw and muscle can cause intense facial pain. And usually, this doesn’t just happen overnight. These issues can appear as a result of activities and changes over time, beginning as early as our teens.
Teens and TMJ
Any stressor on the jaw can contribute to TMD. This can be processed foods, high-impact sports like football or cheerleading, and chewing on pen caps or gum. These activities push our jaw backward, which puts stress on the joint, causing tension until our late teens or 20s when the jaw reaches adult size.
Adults and TMJ
Between demanding jobs and daily obligations, adult life can be stressful. For the people that didn’t begin to develop TMD as a teen, the start of TMD can happen from teeth grinding and clenching, causing the jaw to misalign. Car accidents, falls and facial trauma can all be causes of TMD development as well.
Another interesting consideration is that TMD is likely a cause of the industrial revolution. Our teeth and jaws have shifted and changed as a result of how our diets and accents have evolved over time.
Whether you started developing TMD in your early life or as an adult, there are solutions. Contact Sleep Rehab today to request an appointment to help relieve your facial pain!
August 9, 2021
In the last few decades, scientists have concluded that there is a relationship between having Sleep Apnea (with the most common being Obstructive Sleep Apnea or OSA) and having Hypertension. But before we get into what that is, let’s talk about what each disease is.
According to the definition from the Mayo Clinic, “Sleep apnea is a potentially serious sleep disorder in which breathing repeatedly stops and starts.”
The definition of hypertension, also from the Mayo Clinic, “High blood pressure (hypertension) is a common condition in which the long-term force of the blood against your artery walls is high enough that it may eventually cause health problems, such as heart disease.”
So how does a disorder that has to do with breathing affect high blood pressure? Research indicates that patients who have sleep apnea are more likely to develop high blood pressure at some point in the future.
Research done by Johns Hopkins Hospital School of Public Health studied more than 6,000 adult men and women age 40 or older. Sleep Apnea was confirmed in participants by using polysomnography, which records brain waves, heart waves, blood oxygen levels, and breathing rate while a person sleeps. Participants were connected to a sleep monitor, and the average number of breathing pauses per hour of sleep was used to measure the severity of Sleep Apnea.
The results of the study showed that people with more than 30 pauses per hour of sleep were more than twice as likely to suffer from high blood pressure than those with no breathing pauses. An increased risk of high blood pressure was found even at moderate levels of sleep apnea. Since sleep apnea is more common in overweight individuals–who are already at a higher risk of high blood pressure–additional statistical analyses were conducted to control for body weight and waist circumference. Even after controlling for these variables, however, sleep apnea was associated with an increased frequency of high blood pressure.
When you come to Sleep Rehab, we’ll give you a sleep test to determine whether or not you have Sleep Apnea through studying your breathing patterns. Once we determine your sleep issues, we can create a customized oral appliance for you, which will eliminate or reduce the effects of your sleep apnea and may help you avoid the life-threatening consequences of hypertension and other conditions. Book an appointment today!
July 13, 2021
Feeling exhausted in the morning and throughout the day, despite getting an adequate amount of sleep, is a common side-effect of Obstructive Sleep Apnea (also known as OSA). There are a lot of modern solutions available, but it’s important to find the solution that best fits your needs.
Sleep Rehab prides itself on providing non-invasive and non-surgical solutions for sufferers of OSA. Dr. Fedosky and his team of highly skilled medical professionals provide top-of-the-line products to get you back to a more comfortable life. This month, we’re highlighting an oral appliance, the Whole You™ Respire Blue.
This product is an alternative solution for something more robust like a CPAP machine. As a customized, personalized mouthpiece, it features a dual block design with interlocking wings. It works by keeping the airway open in any sleep position and allows for a wide range of mouth movements.
The Respire Blue has mesh support that is welded and placed inside the acrylic mouthpiece. This improvement offers one of the strongest dorsal fin designs on the market, it’s easily adjustable, and it has more room in the anterior area which allows the patient to open and close as they please. It is also open in the front to add comfort by increasing the tongue space allowing the patient to inhale and exhale more air per breath.
- 4-Wing dorsal fin appliance
- Dual-block design with more freedom for vertical mouth movement
- Additional support for lateral movement
- 1-year manufacturer’s warranty
It should be noted that the Whole You™ Respire Blue is not available for purchase on its own. A sleep test and diagnosis are required, which can be done at Sleep Rehab! Please fill out an appointment form here and we look forward to helping you soon.
June 16, 2021
Isabel, a hard-working parent of three kids found herself in the office of Dr. Fedosky at Sleep Rehab after many long days of daytime exhaustion. She came to her wit’s end with just barely making it through the day. Like you may be experiencing, Isabel woke up not feeling rested and had to trudge through the day regardless of her fatigue. Frustrated and tired with a full plate of responsibilities, she knew there had to be a solution.
“As soon as I woke up, I would be sleepy within an hour. I was drinking fifteen cups of coffee a day… two to four Cokes a day,” Isabel recalls.
So, what do you do when you’re so chronically exhausted that no amount of caffeine can? This is where Sleep Rehab stepped in to create a life-changing solution for Isabel.
“I heard about Sleep Rehab online as I was Googling different doctors in my area,” Isabel said.
After a consultation with Dr. Fedosky and the Sleep Rehab team, several options were presented and a plan was constructed to combat this daytime sleepiness once and for all so she could be fully present for her kids and family.
“The difference between now and before is that I definitely have more energy. I just feel a lot better, I’m sleeping. I’m starting to get a little bit more active, whereas before I didn’t have any energy to do any kind of walking or working out, or anything, much less cooking.”
A common complaint with patients suffering from Sleep Rehab is a lack of energy to tackle everyday tasks like walking the dog or going grocery shopping.
I can focus better and I can do those things for my family and I feel good about it.”
Thank you, Isabel, for trusting Sleep Apnea and finding us to improve your life and wellbeing. We invite you to watch Isabel’s full testimonial below and contact Sleep Rehab for all of your sleep needs!