San Diego, CA, September 1st, 2016 – Across the nation, the month of September has been officially declared as Pain Awareness Month. TMJ & Sleep Therapy Centres join various organizations worldwide to raise public awareness of issues in the area of pain and pain management. A Study published in The Journal of the American Dental Association October 2015 stated: “One in six patients visiting a general dentist had experienced orofacial pain during the last year. Pain in the muscles and temporomandibular joints was reported as frequently as that in the teeth and surrounding tissues in patients visiting general dentists.” Dr. Olmos International Educator and founder of T&S Therapy Centre International say “My goal is to provide pain relief and proper structure so our adults and pediatric patients can BREATHE, SLEEP, HEAL and LIVE their best quality of life.”
At TMJ & Sleep Therapy Centres we understand the complexities of craniofacial pain that are unique to each patient. Some patients experience TMJ pain and dysfunctions, some experience primary headaches (known as Migraines, tension or cluster) while others may have facial neuralgias, musculoskeletal pain or a combination of all.
TMJ is one of the conditions most frequently identified by patients. This is a very real condition caused by disturbances in the action of the jaw. Research has shown that many factors may lead to this disorder – it can occur by itself or be a part of a more complex problem. We believe that there is usually more than one factor responsible. Causes may include macro traumas: automobile accident, sports injury, accidental falls etc., or micro traumas of clenching and grinding of the teeth (bruxism), which causes the muscles that stabilize the joint to become fatigued from overwork resulting in head, face, jaw and muscle pain. Often the jaw problems, head and facial pain, headaches, migraines and musculoskeletal pain are symptoms of a greater problem affecting the body, much like a fever is secondary to the common flu. In the absence of an acute injury to the head or facial area, we believe the primary cause of these problems is frequently related to insufficient oxygen while sleeping i.e. an unidentified sleep breathing obstruction, Sleep Apnea or Obstructive Sleep Apnea. Everyone assumes they are breathing and getting enough oxygen during sleep; few recognize that nighttime teeth grinding and clenching is an unconscious effort to prevent suffocation. This repeated action all night long over extended periods of time wears down the skeletal structure and the joints resulting in TMJ pain, headaches, musculoskeletal pain, TMJ dysfunctions and facial neuralgias.
Proper diagnosis and emphasis on origin rather than symptoms alone is key to successful, long term treatment results. After proper diagnosis, a specific non-surgical, treatment plan for rehabilitation is developed for the unique needs of each individual patient.
Facial pain, headaches and jaw problems are frequently only a symptom secondary to a greater problem affecting the body, much like a fever is secondary to the common flu. If any of the following symptoms affect your daily life or you are taking regular pain medication or sleeping aids, you may be suffering from TMD and should be evaluated by a dentist trained in diagnosing and treating these disorders.
- Headaches – recurring or chronic
- Earache or ear symptoms of stuffiness or ringing
- Neck Pain or Stiffness
- Facial Pain
- Jaw joint sounds (clicking, popping or grating)
- Limited ability to open or close mouth
- Jaw locking (opened or closed)
- Sensitive, loose or worn down teeth
- Pain or soreness in the TM joints
- Dizziness or Pain or difficulty chewing or swallowing
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We are here to help you!! TMJ & Sleep Therapy Centres understand the unique needs of both adults and pediatric patients, and we are committed to the highest standard of care.
San Diego Health Connection newsletter
Sleep breathing disorders in children, particularly pediatric obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), often goes undiagnosed. OSA can occur in children at all ages, including infants. However, children may instead be treated for ADHD, since hyperactivity can actually be a symptom of OSA. Untreated OSA can lead to more severe health problems, including diabetes, cardiovascular disease and hypertension.
In most cases, OSA is caused by a poorly positioned jaw or tongue that leads to a blocked airway. Sleep apnea, essentially, is the absence of breathing when asleep. The blocked airway causes slow suocation, and the sleeper is briey but abruptly woken up throughout the night in order to open the airway and breathe. Bruxism, or teeth grinding, is also a symptom of sleep apnea—it’s an unconscious movement to open the airway while sleeping. Children who suer from this interrupted and poor sleep suer from excessive sleepiness during the day, hyperactivity or irritability, migraines and even depression or cognitive impairments.
Luckily, pediatric OSA can be cured because in children, it’s possible to manipulate the development of their airways so they aren’t blocked or obstructed as they grow up. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends all children get screened for snoring, and those who do snore should undergo further evaluation to test for OSA and other sleep disorders. Dentists are often able to provide a preliminary screening for OSA and can refer patients to a sleep specialist for further screening and treatment.
Signs to Watch
Look for the following common OSA symptoms in your child:
• Restlessness during sleep (are the sheets strewn all over the bed when the child wakes up?)
• Gasping or choking when waking up
• Diculty waking up
• Trouble concentrating, easily agitated
• Nightmares or night terrors
• Teeth grinding (bruxism)
• Frequent headaches
• Dark circles under eyes
• Excessive daytime sleepiness
Talk about these symptoms with your child’s pediatrician and ask to be referred to a sleep specialist. You can also use the “BEARS” sleep screening algorithm, which is a series of questions available on the TMJ & Sleep Therapy Centre website: https://tmjtherapycentre.com
The BEARS screening tool provides information to help doctors assess whether a child likely has a sleep disorder.
Adult therapies for OSA, including CPAP machines or oral appliances, are not appropriate for children. Pediatric OSA is usually treated with dynamic orthopedic therapies, with the goal of increasing airway volume and encouraging or correcting skeletal development.
If it is diagnosed early, pediatric OSA can be completely cured in as little as three months; however, the time needed for
treatment varies with each child.
When a child is diagnosed with OSA, the entire airway should be evaluated to determine where it is obstructed.
Depending on the location and severity of the obstruction, treatment may include expanding the upper or lower jaw or correcting their alignment, tongue and lip exercises and lifestyle changes.
Dr. Olmos lecturing at the AACP 2016
San Diego, CA – March 6-13, 2016 – TMJ & Sleep Therapy Centre joins National Sleep Foundation in their focus to bring the importance of sleep awareness and education to the American public. NIH (National Institutes for Health) has identified that sleep related breathing problems such as obstructive sleep apnea and snoring affect 50 to 70 million Americans. Obstructive sleep apnea has no age boundaries; it affects both adults and children.
Sleep Apnea is defined as the absence of breathing during sleep. When you are not breathing properly during sleep, there is little or no oxygen getting to the lungs; it is like a slow suffocation. Suffocation triggers the cycle of repeated awakening to breathe, resulting in interrupted and poor sleep. Suffocation can also trigger bruxism, which is an unconscious movement to open an airway. This constant movement not only wears down the teeth and the temporomandibular joint, it frequently results in craniofacial pain (headaches, Migraines, TMD). A common reason for the medical condition known as ‘Obstructive Sleep Apnea’ (OSA) is a poorly positioned jaw or tongue which can lead to a blocked airway, preventing oxygen to the lungs. A custom fabricated oral appliance can be the answer.
The good news is that sleep apnea in children can be cured!
Because children are still growing, their structure can be directed for optimal development of the airway. Non-invasive treatment options are also available for adult patients suffering with sleep apnea including the CPAP intolerant patient.
It is important to understand that the lack of oxygen needed for good sleep does not simply make you tired. There are a wide range of health conditions resulting from the cumulative effect of poor oxygenation and loss of sleep:
The health risks associated with The health risks associated with sleep breathing disorders for adults include:
- Diabetes and Cardiovascular Disease
- High Blood Pressure and Stroke
- Heart Attack
- Dysfuntions of The Nervous System
- Craniofacial Pain, Orthopedic Dysfunction of TM joints
Sleep breathing disorders for children include:
- Diabetes and Cardiovascular Disease
- Cognitive Deficiency and ADHD
- Impaired Intelligence and Delayed Development Dysfunctions of The Nervous System
- Craniofacial Pain, Orthopedic Dysfunction of TM joints
WHAT TO LOOK FOR – Watch and Listen to Your Child –
They should be evaluated if they meet any of the following:
1. Do they wake in the same position in which they fell asleep?
2. Are the bed sheets strewn all over the bed?
3. Do they have trouble concentrating, or easily agitated?
4. Do they have dark circles under the eyes?
5. Do they snore?
The American Association of Pediatrics “Patient Parameters” states all children should be screened for snoring and all children who snore should have a sleep study for evaluation of apnea because of ADD / ADHD and cardiovascular risk.
Test Yourself – You should be evaluated if you answer ‘Yes’, to any of the following:
1. Do you snore?
2. Are you a diagnosed sleep apnea patient with CPAP intolerance?
3. Do you often experience morning headaches?
4. Do you wake feeling unrefreshed or unrested?
5. Have you or your sleep partner identified that you choke, gasp or stop breathing during sleep?
Contact TMJ & Sleep Therapy Centre of San Diego Phone: 619.466.2774 www.TMJTHERAPYCENTRE.COM
We are here to help you!! TMJ & Sleep Therapy Centre of San Diego is accredited by the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine. Our director, Dr. Steven Olmos, is certified in both Dental Sleep Medicine and Craniofacial pain. We are dedicated exclusively to non-surgical treatments for Sleep Apnea and Craniofacial Pain. We understand the unique needs of both adult and pediatric patients, and we are committed to the highest standard of care.
We would like to take this opportunity to let you know of some exciting and important announcements.
We are very happy to announce that Dr. Olmos has opened our newest Centre in Dubai, UAE alongside the London Sleep Centre. This is a very exciting collaboration with one of the top sleep physicians in London and they have already had several top dignitaries from the region come to be treated.
Dr. Olmos has also received his Tennessee dental physician license and is not only lecturing at the University of Tennessee, but he is working with top pediatric physicians in the area to bring sleep related breathing disorder treatment to local children that are not successful in using C-PAP. Remember, sleep apnea can be cured in children! If you are concerned about your child not sleeping well or having trouble in school, please call us for an appointment today!
Most of you should have been personally contacted, but for those that he was not able to reach, Dr. Chase Bennett has decided to move to Denver to focus solely on his practice there. We wish him well. Our founder, Dr. Steven Olmos will now be available to see patients in San Diego as his schedule permits. We have rearranged his schedule to allow more time in San Diego to treat patients.
We are also so proud to announce that Dr. Olmos has received his Master of Excellence from the American Academy of Craniofacial Pain (AACP). The AACP is committed to the relief of craniofacial pain, temporomandibular disorders and sleep related breathing disorders and supporting the advancement of education, research and dissemination of knowledge and skills in these areas. Because of his skill and advancement of these areas, Dr. Olmos has also been voted President Elect of the AACP. Congratulations Dr. Olmos!
As the only American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine accredited facility in San Diego, we are constantly striving to bring our community the highest level of care. With 36 Centres in 6 Countries our treatment is proven again and again. Please don’t hesitate to callfor more information. Thank you for your referals we are here to help!