Can facial pain be linked to daytime sleepiness

Dr Newsletter San Diego December 2015
Can facial pain be linked to daytime sleepiness
According to a 2011 Gallup poll, almost half of U.S. adults experience some kind of chronic pain. The Journal of the America Dental Association ran a series of articles this year demonstrating that one in six patients who visited a dentist reported craniofacial pain (affecting the mouth and face), especially pain in the temporomandibular joints and muscles (the jaw and temples). This type of pain was reported as frequently as tooth or gum pain, and it’s estimated the craniofacial pain affects over 20 percent of the U.S. population. This series included data showing that one in six children (school and pre-school age) have chronic facial pain and TMD (temporomandibular dysfunction).

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