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Snoring sleep apnoea, and teeth grinding

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Looking Beyond the Symptoms of Snoring and Sleep Apnoea

Sleep Apnoea and Snoring Treatment

Sleep is essential for our health and general wellbeing. Snoring and obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA) restrict normal breathing and disrupt our normal sleep cycles.

What does this have to do with physiotherapy & osteopathy? The relationship between snoring, OSA and temporomandibular disorder (TMD) or temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder is complex.

Weakening of the muscles and displacement of the temporomandibular (jaw) joint can lead to obstruction of the airways, causing snoring and OSA. In turn, OSA can lead to increased pain and a worsening of TMD.

Due to this interconnected cycle, and because OSA treatments can worsen TMD pain, TMJ Physio or TMJ Osteo is often an essential element of an effective treatment plan.

When considering TMD or sleep apnoea treatment, Glen Iris, Caulfield North, Prahran and Toorak locals can turn to the team at More Than Physio for drug-free relief and lasting results. Because we are focussed on treating the cause, and not just the symptoms, we take a comprehensive view of the connected cycle of TMJ, snoring, and OSA.

When they approach OSA or snoring treatment, Toorak, Glen Iris, Caulfield North and Prahran residents usually turn to their dentist first. Patients may not even be aware of the link between teeth grinding (bruxism) or joint pain and poor sleep or snoring until abnormalities in the teeth or jaw are noted by a dentist.

When a dentist prescribes a dental splint as an obstructive sleep apnoea treatment, Prahran patients may find themselves with relief from OSA as the splint pulls their jaw forward, opening up their airways for clearer, unobstructed breathing.

The relief patients find may be short-lived, however. If a poorly fitted splint or over-correction places strain on the TMJ it can result in jaw pain, blocked ears, or headaches. This is why treating TMJ and OSA disorders holistically is such an important step.

The highly trained team of physiotherapists, osteopaths and dentists at More Than Physio’s, Melbourne TMJ & Facial Pain Centre™ work closely with GPs, prosthodontists, endodontists, periodontists, ENTs, neurologists and oral & maxillofacial surgeons to ensure our patients receive the very best outcomes and care.

When specialists refer a patient to us, we take a team approach to consider the best mode of treatment. We also ensure that patients are empowered with self-help therapies and knowledge to receive the very best outcomes from their treatment.

Creating Better Outcomes for Our Patients with a Team Approach

Sleep Apnoea & Snoring Treatment Glen Iris, Caulfield North, Ashburton, Caulfield, Prahran, Toorak

Though snoring and obstructive sleep apnoea are not one and the same, these two issues are very closely connected. Snoring may result from a temporary obstruction of the airways, however, if snoring is chronic and continues without treatment it may, in time, become OSA.

The oral musculature that supports the lower jaw and prevents the tongue from collapsing are susceptible to the same weakening as other muscle groups, and when snoring becomes an ongoing issue the weakened muscles obstruct the airways.

As the body struggles to cope with inefficient airflow during sleep, the jaw is often thrust forward to compensate. This can lead to teeth grinding (bruxism) and temporomandibular disorder, resulting in new symptoms of orofacial pain.

The correct treatment of snoring and sleep apnoea may involve a combination therapies including a mandibular advancement splint (MAS), weight loss and improvements in sleeping position or use of a CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) breathing machine.

Our team of sleep medicine dentists will work with your referring health team to find the treatment program that is right for you.

Considering snoring or sleep apnoea treatment? Glen Iris, Caulfield North, Toorak and Prahran locals can call us on 9824-8868 to book a consultation today.

Dental Sleep Medicine for Teeth Grinding, Snoring & Sleep Apnoea

At More Than Physio, we value the importance of a good night’s sleep. When we sleep our bodies recharge, helping them to recover from the activity of the previous day and get ready to do it all over again tomorrow. Getting a restful, replenishing sleep every night however, can be harder than we might think. Many individuals across Australia suffer from conditions, such as snoring or sleep apnoea, that impact the quality and length of their sleep.

Snoring can be an annoying condition on its own (especially for those who sleep near you), but it can often have more wide-reaching and long-term effects on your overall health and wellbeing.

Frequent snorers can experience a reduction in sleep quality resulting in:

  • Weight gain,
  • Nagging headaches throughout the morning,
  • Daytime fatigue and sleepiness
  • A noticeable effect on memory and their ability to concentrate
  • People who snore often also grind their teeth in their sleep.
Teeth Grinding & Snoring - Symptoms of Sleep Apnoea

Did you know that teeth grinding and snoring can be symptoms of sleep apnoea - a medical condition affecting your ability to get adequate oxygen when you sleep?

At More Than Physio, we work to help patients of all ages, and from right across the city, find the proper treatment plan to reduce or relieve the effects of teeth grinding, snoring, and sleep apnoea. Our Team Dentists in our Our Specially Focussed on-site clinic Melbourne TMJ & Facial Pain Centre™ have extensive experience treating these conditions and have completed postgraduate training in Dental Sleep Medicine. Click Here to find out more or Book An Appointment Here

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