TMJ Sleep Apnea

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    What is the Connection between Sleep Apnea and TMJ?

    Discover the intricate connection between sleep apnea and temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders at the TMJ & Sleep Therapy Centre of New Orleans. Sleep apnea, a prevalent sleep disorder marked by breathing interruptions, not only contributes to issues such as daytime fatigue, high blood pressure, and an elevated risk of heart problems but is also intricately linked to TMJ disorders. The disruptions in breathing during sleep can impact jaw function, exacerbating TMJ-related symptoms. At our center, we emphasize the significance of effective diagnosis and tailored treatment plans, not only for restoring restful sleep but also for addressing the comprehensive impact of sleep apnea on TMJ health. Trust our experienced team to guide you toward regaining uninterrupted sleep, alleviating TMJ-related issues, and enhancing your overall well-being. Take the first step towards comprehensive care by contacting us for a personalized consultation today.

    Obstructive Sleep Apnea Treatment

    Are sleepless nights and constant fatigue taking a toll on your life? If you suspect you might be suffering from sleep apnea, you’ve come to the right place. At the TMJ & Sleep Therapy Centre of New Orleans, we specialize in providing sleep apnea solutions tailored to your unique needs.

    We are dedicated to providing comprehensive services for individuals suffering from sleep apnea. Sleep apnea can significantly disrupt your nightly rest, impact your health, and reduce your overall quality of life. Our experienced team specializes in diagnosing and treating sleep apnea, utilizing state-of-the-art diagnostic tools and evidence-based therapies. Whether you’re dealing with obstructive sleep apnea, central sleep apnea, or complex sleep disorders, we are here to help. Our individualized treatment plans may include oral appliances, positional therapy, lifestyle adjustments, or referrals to sleep physicians as needed, ensuring you receive the care that best suits your specific condition. Don’t let sleep apnea control your life any longer. Start your journey today towards a healthier, more restful night’s sleep. We’re here to support you in regaining control over your sleep and overall well-being.

    Sleep Apnea Services

    • Comprehensive Diagnostics: Our team uses cutting-edge diagnostic tools to assess your sleep patterns and determine the severity of your sleep apnea.
    • Personalized Treatment Plans: We understand that each individual’s sleep apnea is unique. Our experts create customized treatment plans that may include lifestyle modifications, positional therapy, and oral appliances.
    • Collaboration with Sleep Physicians: For complex sleep apnea cases, we work closely with sleep physicians to ensure you receive the most appropriate care.
    • Proven Results: Our evidence-based treatments have helped countless individuals overcome sleep apnea, allowing them to enjoy more restful nights and improved overall health.

    Don’t let sleep apnea control your life any longer. Contact the TMJ & Sleep Therapy Centre of New Orleans to schedule a consultation and take the first step toward a better night’s sleep. We’re here to support you in your journey to improved sleep and a healthier, more energized life. Say goodbye to sleep apnea and hello to rejuvenating rest!

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    about the TMJ & Sleep Therapy Centre of New Orleans

    Very Rev. Philip G. Landry

    5.0 ★★★★★

    Having been diagnosed with sleep apnea in 2003, I was fitted for a head-gear breathing apparatus to alleviate the condition. After struggling with discomfort and lack of sleep, I discontinued use of the device. During a visit to my cardiologist in 2017, I was ordered to take another sleep test which revealed that the condition had reached a dangerous level and that it must be addressed immediately. I shared with Dr. G. Johnson my concerns from the past and he informed me that a new mouth piece for this sleep disorder was available and referred me to Dr. Terry Billings, DDS.

    I contacted Dr. Billings and during my first appointment with him, after a series of tests, he determined that I had another condition, TMJ, which would have to be treated before addressing the sleep disorder. He explained to me that I would have to wear mouthpieces, one by day and one by night, for twelve weeks to correct this issue. My instant reaction was that as a Catholic priest serving as the rector of the St. Louis Cathedral, I often celebrate televised Masses during which a mouthpiece would certainly be a deterrent. Dr. Billings patiently and understandingly explained that I really had no option but assured me that he would be able to make weekly adjustments to the mouthpieces that would help with these concerns.

    Now as I approach the final weeks of this treatment, I am pleased to share that I have been most satisfied with the care and attention of both Dr. Billings and his staff. The level of professionalism and proficiency which I have experienced in the weekly office visits have made a challenging issue bearable. It is amazing to me what the treatment of the TMJ has done for my overall health and well-being and as I now await the mouthpiece to address my sleep disorder I am most grateful to Dr. Billings for his diagnosis and excellent treatment during this period of preparation for it.

    Arden Ballard, PA-C, MS

    5.0 ★★★★★

    You don’t hear that often about a dentist, but his attention to detail, meticulous examination and in-office testing led to uncovering a severely deviated septum that needed prompt surgical intervention. I’m forever grateful for him and his entire staff.

    Dr. Billings noticed that I checked yes to a few items on his questionnaire. When he began asking about my fatigue, sluggish feeling, etc. I blamed it on the kids and being a parent of two young boys. After his dental exam, he insisted that there could be more to my symptoms. After a chat, we decided to do an in-office Facial CT scan. It’s been 4 years since I had one, so I agreed. Everything was promptly scheduled, and their text reminders kept me on schedule.

    I did the CT scan, and Dr. Billings pointed out my severely deviated septum and recommended I get a prompt ENT evaluation. I brought a printout of the CT to my next appointment, and I ended up having sinus surgery 3 weeks later.

    Immediately after surgery, I knew something was different. After healing, I was sleeping better, breathing better and, sure enough, less sluggish and not reaching for my 3pm coffee. All from going to the dentist.

    My teeth look great, too!

    Dr. Billings has opened my eyes to understand that dentists are part of the entire medical team, and when using their training to the fullest, they can change lives.