The Jaw Pain You Have May Be Serious | Manhattan Beach Dentist

You have begun to notice that you have a lot of jaw pain lately but can’t figure out why. Nothing has happened physically, but no matter what you do, you can’t shake this dull pain, so why does this headache continue to persist? Unfortunately, it may be time for a trip to the dentist because you may have TMJ disorder.

TMJ disorders are problems with the jaw joint. A problem with the muscles or joints in your jaw can lead to headaches, ear pain, bite problems, jaw pain and much more. Here is a quick rundown of the several conditions that can end up causing TMJ:

Bruxism, or teeth grinding and clenching. Sufferers of bruxism often wake up with jaw or ear pain. This is due to wear on the cartilage lining of the temporomandibular joint.

Gum chewing or nail biting. Using your teeth as tools is going to eventually damage your teeth, but when it begins to affect your TMJ, it may be time to break this terrible habit.

Malocclusion, or the misalignment of teeth. Some people find it hard to chew on a certain side of their teeth due to misalignment, so they habitually chew on the other side causing excess stress on that side of the jaw.

Previous jaw fractures or injury. Some of the symptoms of TMJ are headache, ear pain, dizziness and ringing in the ear. If you have any of these symptoms and feel you may have a TMJ disorder contact your dental professional so they may evaluate your symptoms and help alleviate your pain.

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.

Busting the Myths on Sleep Apnea | Manhattan Beach Dentist

If there’s anything that we need, it’s a good night’s sleep. Without it, things slowly fall apart. Our health begins to suffer, we are never in a good mood and likely make the lives of those around us less fun. When we snore, we not only affect block our own sleep, but we may also be affecting the sleep of others. According to the National Sleep Foundation, doctors, researchers, and sleep centers have been making great advances in raising awareness about the symptoms and causes of sleep apnea, but there are so many misconceptions to this sleep disorder, it’s difficult to decipher what’s true or false. So, let’s take a moment to dispel the more common myths:

Everyone that snores has sleep apnea. While snoring can be a sign of sleep apnea, it isn’t always a symptom. People who suffer from sleep apnea pause their breathing while they’re asleep, sometimes even hundreds of times every night. This can impact their overall health by disrupting their sleep cycle and decreasing their sleep. There is also research that has shown that untreated sleep apnea can result in many serious health problems, such as heart disease, high blood pressure and stroke.

Only older people get sleep apnea. Sleep apnea can actually affect people of all ages, including children. There are some physical attributes that can increase your risk of devolving this sleep disorder, such as being overweight or being male.

Only obese or overweight people get sleep apnea. As fatty tissues in the throat increase due to increased weight, they can collapse and block the airway when one relaxes during sleep. However, even a well-conditioned athlete with a muscular neck can have this same issue.

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.

How Do I Know if I Have Obstructive Sleep Apnea? | Manhattan Beach Dentist

There is nothing like getting a good night’s sleep. The feeling you have, waking up on your own, completely refreshed and ready to start another day. Sadly, most of us don’t get those perfect night’s sleep. For many of us, life’s stressors leave us sleepless more than we’d like. For others, the issue is far deeper than that.

Facts are facts, one in five people have obstructive sleep apnea, but they don’t know it as 85 percent of these sufferers have yet to be diagnosed. Obstructive Sleep Apnea, or OSA, is a sleeping disorder that is caused by the constriction of throat muscles while you sleep, causing the inability to breathe. Once the brain realizes there is no breathing, it jolts the body awake to restart it. Breathing is restored, but sleep has been interrupted.

Unfortunately, we are sleeping while we suffer through this condition, so many times we don’t even know we have it. It’s likely someone sleeping around you is more bothered by it than you are, but if you find you have the following symptoms, it’s time to get checked out:

  • Loud snoring
  • Sleepiness or fatigue during the day
  • High blood pressure
  • Choking or gasping during sleep witnessed by others
  • Headaches, sore throat, dry mouth when you wake
  • Frequent urination at night
  • Poor concentration, reaction time, and/or memory
  • Poor decision-making
  • Loss of motivation, moodiness, loss of sex drive and work efficiency

So, if you find that you are having difficulty sleeping, make an appointment to get a sleep study done. If they find that it is OSA, there are ways to help you get your good night’s sleep back.

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 obstructive sleep apnea.

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

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.