Dr. Hsu knows the importance of a good night’s sleep. Her Dental Sleep Medicine residency at UCLA, combined with years of experience in the field, make her an expert on dental sleep medicine and TMJ treatment. She offers a variety of alternative treatments to CPAP machines, and other appliances and low-impact solutions that can relieve both sleep apnea and symptoms of TMJ.
What is TMJ? Do I have it?
TMJ stands for temporomandibular joint dysfunction, a condition that can lead to jaw discomfort, clicking, difficulty chewing, or even lockjaw. Dr. Hsu is specially trained in diagnosing and treating TMJ and TMJ-related symptoms. If you’re experiencing any jaw pain or odd sensations, or if you have any questions about TMJ, Dr. Hsu is happy to answer any concerns and talk you through a variety of treatment options.
How is TMJ related to sleep?
Patients with TMJ often grind or clench their teeth, which can damage the enamel and wear down the tooth. It also causes headaches, migraines, and neck pain. General discomfort or tinnitus (a ringing in the ears associated with TMJ) can keep patients up at night as well. Also, when the teeth are worn down, there is sometimes less room for the tongue to rest, which can block your airways while you sleep, causing sleep apnea.
How is TMJ treated?
There are a variety of treatments that can help with TMJ. Dr. Hsu is specially trained to provide an injection that can offer relief in the tendons of the jaw. She also uses appliances to protect from grinding or clenching, and to open up airways during sleep.
What is sleep medicine?
Sleep medicine has to do with the treatment of sleep apnea, or snoring. Many patients with sleep apnea go undertreated, which can stress the heart and put patients at a higher risk for diabetes or high blood pressure. Sometimes, even when a patient knows they have sleep apnea, they avoid treatment, as the standard treatment, CPAP machines, can be bulky and intrusive. Dr. Hsu is specially trained to offer alternatives to CPAP machines, including intraoral devices that keep your airways clear throughout the night, so you can rest easy.