Sleep Apnea/TMJ And Sleep Appliances

DENTIST IN ARLINGTON, VA

Dr. Cusumano and Dr. Stuver offer relief for patients experiencing sleep apnea, jaw pain due to grinding (bruxism) and temporomandibular joint disorders (TMJ). We will work closely with your medical doctor to provide an alternative to a C-PAP machine. Sleep appliances are a solution to blocked airways and uncomfortable, restless nights of sleep. By receiving a prescription for a dental sleep appliance we can submit to your medical insurance for coverage. Speak with our administrative team for assistance with medical insurance coverage for your sleep device.

If you encounter any symptoms of TMJ, please call us to schedule a consultation. These symptoms may include:

  • Tension and tenderness in your face or jaw
  • Difficulty with opening your mouth wide, locking or clicking of your jaw
  • Difficulty in chewing, a tired feeling in your face
  • Swelling on the side of your face
  • Grinding and muscle pain

Other common symptoms of TMJ include toothaches, headaches, dizziness, earache, ringing in the ears and hearing problems.

Our dentists will look into your health history to assist in determining the cause of your symptoms and will examine your jaw thoroughly. He will check for locking of the jaw while opening and closing your mouth. Additionally, your bite and facial muscle function will be examined, and we will evaluate your jaw pain and tenderness. In some cases, x-rays will be taken to check your jaw, jaw joint and teeth for irregularities.

If you are feeling soreness or tenderness in your jaw, you should schedule an appointment at our dental office in Arlington in order to receive a proper diagnosis and to explore your treatment options. We can help you maintain a beautiful, healthy smile that is free of discomfort.