Sleep apnea and temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders are closely connected and can cause disruptive symptoms, including facial pain and pain throughout your body. At the Full Breath Center of Beverly Hills in Los Angeles, Bryan Keropian, DDS, diagnoses and treats TMJ disorders and sleep apnea to resolve symptoms like facial pain. Call the Full Breath Center of Beverly Hills or make an appointment online today.
At the Full Breath Center of Beverly Hills, Dr. Keropian provides customized treatments both to relieve your facial pain and resolve the condition causing your pain. He has designed mouthpieces that can ease tension and misalignment in your jaw. If sleep apnea is contributing to your facial pain, he may also prescribe the Full Breath Solution.
In Dr. Keropian’s patented Full Breath Solution, a customized program, Dr. Keropian selects and fits you with the best appliance for your mouth and airway, and an oxygen compressor. He also monitors your symptoms including snoring, daytime fatigue, oxygen levels, and apneic events. Depending on your condition, you may benefit from additional oxygen therapy delivered with a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) device.
Oxygen is critical to your body’s ability to heal and generate cells and tissue. When sleep apnea deprives your body of the oxygen it needs, you can have a variety of health problems and symptoms including pain.
You may find that combining a mouthpiece with CPAP can provide more rapid relief of your symptoms including pain. Oxygen is only available if you have sleep apnea or a prescription from your medical doctor.
If you have a problem with your TMJ, such as misalignment, tension, or another joint issue, it can create pain in your jaw and throughout your face. You might also experience chronic headaches.
Misalignment in your TMJ can also contribute to obstructive sleep apnea. Obstructive sleep apnea is a condition in which your soft palate and the tissues at the back of your throat relax and descend into and block your airway while you sleep. This not only wakes you up throughout the night, but it also deprives your body of oxygen, which can exacerbate pain.
Dr. Keropian offers comprehensive exams at his Full Breath Center of Beverly Hills. He checks your teeth and jaw, observing and feeling for abnormalities that could contribute to facial pain. He may also order X-rays, MRIs, or other imaging studies to gather more information for your diagnosis.
If you have chronic facial pain, call the Full Breath Center of Beverly Hills or make an appointment online today.