TMJ the Imposter: Why Your Aches and Pains May Be Related to TMJ

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November is TMJ dysfunction awareness month in the United States. TMJ disorder affects millions of people of all ages, races and genders. TMJ dysfunction is a painful and often disabling disorder that originates from the jaw joint and can affect the health of the entire neuromuscular – skeletal system through the entire body.

Some signs and symptoms of TMJ dysfunction are:

• Jaw joint noises, clicking and popping

• Headaches

• Sore muscles of the jaw and face

• Limited mouth opening

• Ear congestion (fullness) ringing of the ear

• Dizziness or vertigo

• Facial asymmetry

• Numbness of the hands

• Neck and shoulders pain

• Lower back pain

• Nervousness

• Insomnia

• Posture issues

• Depression

TMJ is a disease that takes many different forms and manifests itself in patients in several different ways. Because of this, TMJ is like an “Imposter,” with the symptoms of TMJ mimicking other diseases many patients are incorrectly diagnosed. If you or anybody you know is experiencing any of these symptoms related to TMJ dysfunction you are not alone. According to The National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR), TMJ disorders are the second most common pain causing muscle & skeletal condition, about 5 – 12 % of the population is affected by TMJ dysfunction.

Help us create awareness not only locally with in our cities but globally. Let us educate those suffering with the appropriate research, to ultimately help prevent this misdiagnosed dysfunction everywhere.

During the month of November SoBeDentist.com would like to offer anyone that is suffering from this delimiting disorder called TMJ, with a complementary TMJ consultation plus a Sleep Screening in our office.

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Childhood Sleep Apnea

Between 20%-50% of the Pediatric & Adolescent population seen in the dental chair may have a sleeping disorder, often un-diagnosed. Unlike in adults where the chief complaint is fatigue and snoring, children experience daytime hyperactivity, behavioral issues, irritability, neurocognitive impairment, and poor school performance. Quality of sleep has a huge impact in the lives of our children. As a dentist trained in Dental Sleep Medicine there are varies internal and external oral signs and symptoms we witness during our oral examinations day in and day out in our office.

Just to mention a few:

  • Mouth breathing
  • Allergic shiner or dark spots underneath the eyes
  • Small archesImage
  • Big tongue
  • Runny nose
  • Snoring
  • High palate 
  • Gingivitis

The AAP ( American Academy of Pediatric) guidelines recommend that children who snore be tested for Obstructive Sleep Apnea Syndrome. If the child is diagnosed with OSA the recommended procedure is Adenotosillectomy, weight loss, or CPAP if surgery is not conducted. If you know any kids suffering with these symptoms come in for a complimentary Dental Sleep Apnea screening or call us at 305.535.2225 for more information. 

 

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