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TMJ Houston, TXThe team of Royal Dental assists patients with a variety of dental concerns that may be affecting their overall quality of life, including conditions such as TMJ/TMD.

What is TMJ/TMD?

TMJ/TMD is short for temporomandibular joint and temporomandibular joint disorder. This is the joint in the face that hinges the jaw. It allows you to open and close your mouth, and also to eat and speak. Unfortunately, some patients deal with a malfunction in this joint and can experience a number of different problems. This may include:

• Locking of the jaw in the open or closed position

• Pain and discomfort in the jaw joint and surrounding muscles

• Pain radiating down the neck and shoulders and up to the ears

• Chronic soreness of the jaw joint

• Clicking and popping of the joint when eating or speaking

When these problems become continual, it may be diagnosed as TMD, a chronic problem that may require treatment.

How is TMJ/TMD treated?

For some patients with severe TMD, jaw surgery may be necessary and unavoidable. However, many patients are able to address their condition with something as simple as a specialized mouth guard. Oral appliance therapy is a popular method of addressing problems with the TMJ and is non-invasive and affordable. Oral appliance therapy is achieved when patients come into Royal Dental to have a series of impressions done, which are used to create custom oral appliances that are made to fit into the mouth and reduce problems associated with TMJ/TMD. In many cases, these oral appliances can also help with coexisting problems such as bruxism, which causes clenching and grinding of the teeth. Our dentists can assess a patient, provide a proper diagnosis, and then work with individuals to decide if oral appliance therapy would be beneficial in achieving a healthier smile free from pain and discomfort.

Ready to discuss treatment for TMJ/TMD?

Call Royal Dental today in the Houston, TX community at (713) 330-7700 to schedule a visit at any of our eight convenient locations. We offer solutions for patients in the cities and surrounding communities of Houston, Sugar Land, Humble, Pearland, and Baytown.

Sleep Apnea Houston TXMany patients suffer from a condition such as obstructive sleep apnea and may not even know it. This condition, which is a sleeping disorder, can have a negative impact on one’s overall health and wellness each and every day. Obstructive sleep apnea can present itself in many ways. Common symptoms include:

• Daytime fatigue

• Chronic headaches

• Morning dry mouth

• Chronic snoring

• Gasping for breath during sleep

• Insomnia

• Increased depression and anxiety

When patients are presenting these symptoms, they should ask their primary care physician about sleeping disorders and undergo a sleep study to get a proper diagnosis. Patients who are diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnea are dealing with a blockage in their airway that keeps them from reaching the restorative levels of sleep needed to feel well-rested each day. These obstructions may include poor jaw alignment, the tongue falling back in the throat, or excess fat closing the throat area when a patient is lying down.

In many situations, a primary care physician will diagnose the condition and provide treatment with a CPAP machine. This is a device that is worn by patients at night to keep the airways open. However, it can be uncomfortable and cumbersome, leading many patients to stop complying with nightly treatment.

Instead, patients are welcome to ask the team at Royal Dental in the Houston, TX area about the use of an oral appliance. Oral appliance therapy uses a specialized mouth guard to keep the airways open at night in a more comfortable manner. These mouth guards are custom made for patients to wear when they sleep to ensure they get the level of restorative sleep needed to function properly each day. Oral appliance therapy can greatly improve a patient’s overall quality of life!

Interested in treatment for sleep apnea?

Now is the time to work with the team at Royal Dental to discuss alternative options for treatment. Avoid using the CPAP machine and work with our dentists to get a better night’s sleep each and every day! We have eight convenient office locations in Texas, including practice locations in Baytown, Pearland, Humble, Sugar Land, and Houston. Patients can contact our main office at (713) 330-7700 to schedule their appointment today!

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