Obstructive Sleep Apnea

TMJ Sleep Apnea

TMJ and Sleep Apnea Can Play a Role Your Overall Well-Being

Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is caused by an airway blockage (obstruction) during sleep. During the day, muscles in the airway region keep the throat and airway passage wide open but when a patient has obstructive sleep apnea, the throat collapses during sleep, blocking the airway and preventing air from getting to the lungs.

The site of obstruction in most patients is the soft palate, extending to the region at the base of the tongue. There are no rigid structures, such as cartilage or bone, in this area to hold the airway open. So as a person with OSA falls asleep, these muscles relax to a point where the airway collapses and becomes obstructed. Enlarged tonsils and small structural features of the maxilla, nose, mouth and throat may contribute to OSA. Proper evaluation and testing is needed for accurate diagnosis.

Luckily, there are several ways to treat this disorder. One common method is the use of a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machine, which helps keep the airway open during sleep. In severe cases, surgery may be necessary to remove excess tissue or enlarge the airway. Lifestyle changes, such as losing weight and sleeping on your side instead of your back, can also help improve symptoms. However it is treated, getting a proper diagnosis and working with a healthcare professional is key to managing sleep apnea and reducing its potential risks.

We Go Beyond For You

At the TMJ & Sleep Therapy Centre of the South Shore, we believe in providing comprehensive care for all of our patients. That’s why in addition to offering treatment for TMJ and sleep disorders, we also offer services for snoring and sleep apnea. Our specialists work closely with each patient to create personalized treatment plans that address their individual needs. We are committed to helping our patients achieve long-term results and improve their overall health and well-being. In addition, we have an on-site laboratory where we can fabricate custom oral appliances for treating sleep apnea. We go beyond to provide exceptional care for our patients.

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At the TMJ & Sleep Therapy Centre of the South Shore, we understand the unique complexities of sleep-related breathing disorders and craniofacial pain.  Do you have trouble sleeping, possibly relating to TMJ? Patients often experience jaw pain and stiffness, difficulty chewing or speaking, along with localized tenderness around the jaw area.

Are You Experiencing Any of the Following?


Disrupted Breathing


Excessive Saytime Sleepiness


Morning Headaches




Morning Sore Throat or Dry Mouth



Any of the above could be a sign of sleep-related breathing disorders and should be evaluated promptly.

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