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Sleep Medicine & Sleep Apnea TreatmentBrooklyn, NY


Protect Your Teeth and Relieve Headaches Caused by Teeth Grinding

When you suffer from teeth grinding (bruxism), your teeth will subconsciously grind together, wearing them down and potentially cracking or even breaking teeth. This grinding can also be damaging to any dental work you have already had done, like crowns or bridges, causing them to break and requiring you to come back to the dentist for repair appointments. We offer a variety of effective nightguards that you wear while sleeping to prevent grinding and protect your tooth structure. Many patients who suffer from constant migraines due to teeth grinding can take advantage of our NTI appliance, which is FDA approved to provide relief without the need for prescription medications. With a small investment in a nightguard oral appliance, you can prevent much more costly problems from developing in the future and relieve you of pain.

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Oral Health Does Not End with Your Teeth

At Williamsburg Dental Arts, we look at how your oral health affects your entire body. We frequently see patients who come in for TMJ therapy or treatment for sleep apnea. Both of these conditions are related to your oral health and can be improved to relieve your pain and frustration while also preventing further issues. Both TMJ and sleep apnea are under-diagnosed conditions because their symptoms seem commonplace or are difficult to detect. We offer advanced techniques and procedures to evaluate if you are suffering from either of these conditions and provide treatment customized to your unique needs.

Signs and Symptoms of Sleep Apnea

Sleep apnea is a difficult condition to diagnose because, as the name implies, it occurs while you sleep. Those affected may experience cessations of breathing during the night, which restricts oxygen flow to brain and gives an overall poor night’s sleep. There are several signs and symptoms of sleep apnea, including:

  • Constant snoring
  • Daytime sleepiness
  • Insomnia
  • Frequently waking during the night
  • Morning dry mouth and sore throat
  • Irritability and mood swings
  • Sleep Apnea Diagnosis and Treatment

    In order to accurately diagnose sleep apnea, you must complete a sleep study. We understand that your time and comfort are important to you, so we have partnered with a company named iSleep Program® to give you sleep apnea tests in the comfort of your own home. We will give you a sleep questionnaire to fill out and a sleep watch to wear when you go to bed. This watch will relay information on how well you slept and help us determine if you are affected by sleep apnea. If you require treatment, we can create a sleep appliance that you will wear in your mouth while sleeping. This appliance is custom made to fit your jaw and works by adjusting the position of your jaw to open the airway more completely. Many of our patients report an improved night’s sleep and increased energy levels after seeking treatment for sleep apnea.

    What is TMJ Disorder?

    Your temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is the muscle that connects your jaw to your skull. When this gets overworked, damaged or out of place, it can make it difficult, and even painful, to use your jaw like normal. Every new patient that comes into our office with symptoms of temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD) is given a full exam of their bite and jaw. Common symptoms of TMJ disorder include:

  • Jaw pain
  • Chronic headaches
  • Difficulty using the jaw
  • Popping or grating sounds in the jaw
  • Facial soreness
  • Lockjaw

  • Treatments for TMJ Disorder

    If the cause of your TMJ disorder is that your jaw muscles are too tense or you grind your teeth, we can create an NTI appliance that is worn in your mouth. This relaxes the jaw muscles and prevents teeth grinding while asleep. We also offer occlusal adjustments, which is a treatment that corrects an improper bite. We can gently trim down areas of your teeth that are touching at improper locations to give your bite a more natural function. If the source of your TMD is from an overworked muscle, our Botox® injectables can be used to relax your jaw joint and provide relieve your pain.

    Customized Treatment Plans to Improve Your Health

    If you are experiencing restless, sleepless nights, or have trouble using your jaw effectively, you should seek treatment right away. As common as the symptoms of sleep apnea and TMJ disorder are, you should understand that they can have serious consequences on your overall health if not treated. Our doctors will work with you to create an effective and customized treatment plan to get your health back on track so you can continue living and loving life.

    If you are experiencing symptoms of TMJ disorder or sleep apnea, contact our office today to schedule a consultation!