Frequently Asked Questions: SLEEP APNEA
Q: Am I at risk for sleep apnea?
A: If you are overweight, smoke, drink or have a family member who has been diagnosed with sleep apnea, you may be at risk. Snorers, particularly those who are sleepy during the day, should undergo a sleep study (consult your doctor or Virginia Sleep & TMJ Therapy for a referral to a sleep physician.
Q: What medical problems can result from sleep apnea?
A: High blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, diabetes, obesity, depression, memory loss and decreased sex drive.
Q: What sets Virginia Sleep & TMJ Therapy apart from other dentists who offer Oral Appliance Therapy?
A: From start to finish, we make everything easy for you. Unlike many other providers of oral appliances, VSTT handles the insurance process for you, making sure to get the best possible in-network coverage (even for out of network providers) for your oral appliance and treatment as well as filing claims for you. Once treatment begins, we keep an eye on your progress and maintain close communication with your physician. We invite you to return for as many follow-up visits as you need to ensure your complete satisfaction and resolution to your obstructive sleep apnea.
Q: Why choose Oral Appliance Therapy over Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP)?
A: CPAP is effective, but it can be messy, noisy and irritate your skin, making it a difficult therapy with which to comply. Oral appliances are much more comfortable as well as smaller and more convenient. Virginia Sleep & TMJ Therapy will determine if you are a good candidate for Oral Appliance Therapy.
Frequently Asked Questions: TMJ
Q: Do I have a TMJ problem?
A: Symptoms frequently originate from muscles, bite problems or neck problems. Determining the origin of pain is established with initial visit. Common symptoms associated with TMJ disorders include unexplained headaches, neck and shoulder pain, ear pain, clicking or popping of the jaws with opening or closing of the mouth, grinding or clinching of teeth, limited movement or locking of jaw, pain in multiple teeth, chipping teeth, excessively worn teeth.
Q: If my doctor has said my ears are fine, but I still have ear pain…is this ear pain caused by a TMJ problem?
A: TMJ can be a major cause of ear pain, tinnitus (ringing in ears), or a feeling of “fullness” in the ears. However, most of the time, ear pain is due to a spasm of the facial or neck muscles.
Q: Is the difficulty I am having opening my mouth related to a TMJ problem?
A: Often, this is due to the disc problem in the TMJ. However, it may also be due to muscle spasms of the facial muscles.
Q: Is the reason I am having trouble chewing my food a TMJ issue?
A: Problems with chewing can be due to muscle, nerve or joint problems