What is a Sleep disorder?

A sleep disorder is any disruption of sleep patterns serious enough to interfere with normal physical, mental, social and emotional functioning.

Aside from the pain and discomfort of temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder, a growing body of evidence is now linking dysfunction of the TMJ to disturbed sleep. Sleep disorders related to TMJ can affect both adults and children and can make daytime functioning difficult.

Common signs of a sleep disorder

While many people can be unaware that they suffer from a serious sleep disorder, many people suffering from disturbed sleep experience:

  • Tiredness
  • Feelings of depression, anxiety, stress & irritability
  • Aggressive behaviour
  • Memory & concentration difficulties

More information about symptoms associated with sleep disorders can be found here.

What causes sleep disorders?

A number of factors can contribute to sleep disturbance including a lack of regular exercise, stress, shift-work and ageing. Some sleep disorders are caused by dental problems including snoring, or the pain resulting from a TMJ disorder or a misaligned jaw.

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Sleep disorders and Dental Sleep Medicine

Dental sleep medicine specialists, like those at the TMJ Relief Clinic, specialise in the diagnosis and management of sleep-related disorders caused by dental problems.

How are sleep disorders diagnosed and treated?

An accurate diagnosis of sleep disorders is important for treatment. Diagnosis can involve several medical professionals.

Take the Epworth Sleepiness Scale test to determine your level of daytime sleepiness here.

For more information about the diagnosis of sleep disorders click here.

Need more information about sleep disorders caused by dental problems?

For a comprehensive assessment of sleep disorders related to dental problems and the treatment options available, book an assessment with us today.