Don’t Let Sleep Apnea Keep You Up at Night | Manhattan Beach Dentist

For some, getting a good night’s sleep isn’t easy. And that solid night’s sleep is important to not only our mood the next day, but our overall health is based on how much sleep we get. Some sleeping disorders can lead to increased rates of infection, cardiovascular problems, and hypertension. So, if you have sleeping issues, it is important to get it checked out. Because if you are diagnosed with a sleeping disorder, there is help getting you back to sleep.

Sleep apnea is a disorder where sleep is interrupted by irregular breathing while in your various sleep stages. It can take the form of breathing pause (apnea) or very shallow breathing (hypopnea). Both can last from several seconds to minutes and can occur as much as 30 times per hour. When breathing is paused, carbon dioxide builds up in the blood stream, and the brain signals the body to wake up and breath, causing the interruption in sleep. This is what will need to be regulated.

The most common form of sleep apnea is obstructive sleep apnea (OPA), which is caused by a physical obstruction of the airway while sleeping. When you snore, obstructive sleep apnea causes the muscles around the airway to relax and narrow, causing the air moving through the airway to make noise.

A way to diagnose obstructive sleep apnea is an overnight sleep study, where doctors will record your airflow, heart rate, oxygen and brain activity to determine whether breathing is impacting your sleep. If a sleeping issue is diagnosed, treatment options are available. Various techniques can help with airflow, like lifestyle changes, medical devices, or surgery.

Schedule an appointment today with Dr. Jim Tehrani, DDS by calling (310)406-0745 or visit www.beachcitiesdentistry.com to find out more information regarding sleep apnea.

Dr. Tehrani gladly accepts patients from Manhattan Beach and all surrounding areas.

Do Migraines Mean I Have TMJ Disorder? | Manhattan Beach Dentist

There are headaches and there are migraines. They’re both located in the same area, but migraines are much more disabling. As many as 1 in 4 homes has someone that suffers from these painful migraines, making them some of the most disabling medical illnesses in the world. But it’s possible what you think is a migraine may be something worse and shouldn’t be ignored. That something may be caused by a temporomandibular joint disorder, or TMJ.

TMJ is the joint where your lower jaw is attached to your skull, so you have TMJs on both sides of your face. Common examples of TMJ disorders are frequent migraines, having trouble sleeping and difficulty in closing, as well as opening the mouth. TMJ may also result in a number of other problems, including:

  • Pain in your facial area
  • Pain in your ears, ringing, as well as congestion
  • Popping and sometimes pain in the jaw when opening and closing the mouth
  • Pain and stiffness in the shoulder, back and neck
  • Arm numbness, particularly in your hands and fingers
  • Problems with posture

Once identified, rest assured alleviating the pain caused by TMJ is simple. A mouth guard will be recommended while you sleep and any time you find yourself grinding or clenching your teeth. Massage or relaxation therapy will help alleviate your need to tighten your jaw, thereby relieving some pain. And unfortunately, your diet will definitely need to change your diet to decrease the need for chewing and an increase in calcium and/or magnesium intake. Worst case scenario, corrective treatment such as the application of crowns, bridges or braces may be necessary to correct your bite.

Schedule an appointment today with Dr. Jim Tehrani, DDS by calling (310)406-0745 or visit www.beachcitiesdentistry.com to find out more information regarding TMJ disorder.

Dr. Tehrani gladly accepts patients from Manhattan Beach and all surrounding areas.

Do You Have a Headache? It May Be TMD | Manhattan Beach Dentist

What is TMD? Temporomandibular Joint Disorders are any health problems and pain associated with disorders of the jaw joint. While no amount of printed information can replace a complete examination by a qualified practitioner, it helps to have a little bit of knowledge under your belt before taking that major step and making an appointment to consult a health professional. Some patients live with TMD for years before it becomes painful enough to cause them to seek help. Here’s a quick breakdown of tips to make yourself more comfortable while you wait for your appointment

Ice packs are excellent in reducing pain and muscle spasm. Place ice packs over the temple area and side of the face for ten minutes, three or four times a day.

Place yourself on a soft, but not liquid, diet. A good balanced diet consisting of cooked whole grains, beans, vegetables, eggs, fish, cheese, ground meats, fruit, etc. Avoid foods like salads, apples, chips, corn on the cob, hard breads, raw vegetables, steak, etc. because they work your jaw to chew. The key is to keep your jaw relaxed.

Your sleep position is vitally important. If possible, sleep on your back, perhaps with a pillow under your knees and along your sides, discouraging tossing and turning. Stay away from firm, full pillows under your head, and trade for orthopedic pillows helpful in reducing head and neck pain.

When it comes to day-to-day activity, good posture is key. Keep your head up, chin out, shoulders squared and back straight.

Schedule an appointment today with Dr. Jim Tehrani, DDS by calling (310)406-0745 or visit www.beachcitiesdentistry.com to find out more information regarding TMD.

Dr. Tehrani gladly accepts patients from Manhattan Beach and all surrounding areas.