Obstructive sleep apnea affects around 20 million Americans and can lead to hypertension, heart attack, stroke, depression, muscle pain, fibromyalgia, morning headaches, and excessive daytime sleepiness.

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

TMJ and Sleep Apnea?

Patient Inquiry:

Dear Dr. Shapira,

I suffer from both TMJ Disorder and Sleep Apnea. Is this common?


Response to Patient:

Dear____,

It is ver common to suffer from headaches and sleep apnea. The National Heart Lung and Blood Institute say that sleep apnea IS a TMJ disorder. Morning headaches, in particular are almost always related to TMJ, Bruxing, Grinding or Sleep Apnea

Sincerly,
Dr. Ira L. Shapira

posted by Dr Shapira at 2:39 PM