SLEEP DENTISTRY, JOINT DISORDERS (TMD)

Sleep dentistry

A good night’s sleep makes you beautiful, it rejuvenates. Poor sleep exhausts the body and can cause illness.

  • Do you snore?
  • Are you a light sleeper?
  • Do you clench your teeth at night or suffer from night bruxism?
  • Do you often suffer from headache, migraine or tinnitus?
  • Are you tired during the day, do you often doze off?

According to sleep medicine, if you answered ‘yes’ to one or more questions, then it is worth getting your sleep examined. A lot of people suffer from sleep disorder.

Twenty-five to forty percent of the population have some kind of sleep-related problem. Furthermore, most sleep disorders are not diagnosed, so not everybody is aware that their discomfort or medical complaints are related to sleeping problems.

In addition, research proves that there are almost no chronic diseases that are not be related to sleep disorders.

This is a non-exhaustive list of the most common consequences:

  • Hypertension
  • Cardiovascular problems
  • Headaches, migraine
  • Increase in cholesterol level
  • Thyroid condition
  • Memory loss
  • Alzheimer’s, dementia
  • Obesity
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Extreme tiredness and frequent illnesses
  • Less favourable prognosis and recovery with complications after surgery
  • Work accidents and falling asleep at the wheel

Sleep medicine distinguishes different kinds of sleep disorders. One of the most significant is breathing-related sleep disorder, when breathing is difficult at night. The main cause is the collapse of the soft tissues of the respiratory tract, that is, airway obstruction. Dentistry, orthodontics and speech therapy can help with breathing-related sleep disorders. Sleep dentistry plays a significant role in early diagnosis of problems and their treatments.

Treatment of temporomandibular joint disorders (TMD)

  • Do you suffer from jaw popping?
  • Do you suffer from headache, mostly in the mornings?
  • Do you have difficulty opening your mouth wide?
  • Do you experience pain in your masticatory joints and muscles?
  • Do you grind or clench your teeth?
  • Do you have tinnitus?
  • Have you tried a lot of things to get this problem sorted out but without a solution?

You are not alone. Temporomandibular joint disorders (TMD) are common, a lot of people experience it temporarily or chronically.

Ear-nose and throat medicine comes up frequently as a first approach, but in most cases they cannot diagnose the cause of the problem. At the dentistry they give different splints, sometimes they try to measure the temporomandibular position and give a mouthguard. According to statistics, the effectiveness of different mouthguards is poor, or not permanent. The reason is simple. For the most part, dentition is only partly responsible for the TMD, therefore the problem is complex. With more complex problems the splint only affects the dentition, success will likewise be only partial. Complexity lies in the fact that the root of the problem is the clenching, i.e. the night work of the masticatory muscles. These muscles are, however, part of a complex musculature or muscle network. Therefore, problems in more distant parts of the body can also cause tension in the masticatory muscles. The deterioration of sleep quality is unequivocal with muscular activity while sleeping. Thus, TMD is, in fact, related to sleep disorders.

Did you know?

If you grind or clench your teeth at night, you basically move your jaw back and forth, which has a bad effect on your dentition, and generates serious tension in the facial muscles. So when your muscles should be relaxing and regenerating during sleep, they are subjected to increased stress.

We can stop this by the use of a night guard splint which prevents clenching and grinding of the teeth, and helps relaxing facial muscles and joints.

We offer different kinds of mouthguard splints for our patients, taking into account their personal needs.

Sleep dental treatment can only be successful as part of teamwork. The basis of the treatment is a diagnosis, which is set up by the sleep-team headed by a sleep medical specialist. This is followed by an ENT examination, which determines the affected part of the respiratory system. Based on the information, the sleep dental treatment can begin. Generally, the causes of the collapse of the tongue and the palate are the position or retraction of the lower jawbone or narrow tongue space, and narrow upper dental arch. The development of the upper dental arch and the movement of the mandible are two classic directions of sleep dental treatment. Dental treatment involves strengthening of soft tissue tones (speech therapy) and reforming breathing (adjustment of stabile nasal respiration). The full-fledged sleep medicine team treatment also includes advice on sleep hygiene as well as diet and lifestyle consulting.

We apply traditional snore stoppers, mouthguards, day and night guard splints, as well as orthodontics for a permanent solution, and targeted restorative dental treatments through our partners.

Hungary’s first sleep dentistry awaits you with its full scope of service.

Together with our sleep specialist and ENT specialist partners, and our clinic’s speech therapists and lifestyle counsellors we help our patients develop a peaceful sleep pattern.

What makes a successful temporomandibular joint therapy?

  • Dentition isn’t its only focus.
  • Measurement of the temporomandibular joint considers the balance of the body as the base instead of the bones.
  • The treatment applies muscle relaxing therapies (speech therapy, body therapies).
  • Temporomandibular joint therapy specifically addresses the improvement of sleep quality.
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The good news is that there is a solution. Hungary’s first sleep dentistry gives you back the pain-free experience of eating, chewing and speaking with a complex therapeutic treatment.