Certain types of sleeping disorders — such as chronic snoring or obstructive sleep apnea — can be a result of natural orofacial anatomy that interferes with oxygen flow. If you suspect that you have a type of sleeping disorder, our holistic dentist in Chicago, IL can arrange for you to have an at-home sleep study conducted, where you bring the monitor with you and return it to our office after the data is collected. If you qualify for an oral sleep appliance, we can fit you with a device that naturally improves air flow for healthier sleep (potentially eliminating the need for a CPAP appliance).
Obstructive sleep apnea and TMJ disorder (TMD) are often associated with the neuromuscular function of the jaw and surrounding oral anatomy. Chronic migraines, headaches, and difficulty opening your mouth are all common symptoms of temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder. As a holistic dentist, Dr. Lopez understands that there’s more to your smile and oral health than just your teeth. We combine a total wellness approach to treating issues like TMJ disorder and sleep apnea through anti-aging techniques, Botox products, and oral appliance therapy. By adjusting the way your jaw moves and rests, we can help train your body to breath and move more efficiently. Custom oral orthotics and muscle relaxers like Botox help to position the lower jaw in a way that reduces strain to the TMJ and prevents airway blockage at the back of your throat.