Snoring occurs when the jaw opens and the tongue falls into the back of the throat, causing the airway to narrow and forcing air through the small opening. This creates vibrations in the throat, which is what we all know as snoring. Although snoring seems physically harmless, it can be a warning sign of a more serious and dangerous condition called obstructive sleep apnea.
What is TMD?
If you’ve been living with persistent jaw pain, ear pain and headaches, you could have TMD – temporomandibular jaw disorder. TMD can often be traced back to an improper bite, misaligned jaw joints, or an injury to the jaw or face. Treatment from a dentist can help relieve the discomfort from TMD. Although treatment varies from patient to patient, it typically involves one or several procedures, including the use of an orthotic splint, enamel reshaping, dental crowns, dental braces or night guards. The goal of TMD treatment is to stabilize your bite so that your teeth, jaw muscles and jaw joints work properly together without strain — and without pain!
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