Arcadia Dentistry
Matthew Milana, D.D.S., F.A.G.D.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs): Sleep Apnea and TMJ

How can we help you?

We love to answer any questions our patients may have about cosmetic dentistry, dental implants, sleep apnea treatment, or any other of the dental services we offer in Phoenix, AZ.

At Arcadia Dentistry, patient education is a priority to us. Informed patients are less anxious regarding dental procedures and are active participants in their oral health. Please feel free to contact us and let us know if you have any questions that are not addressed below. 


Sleep Apnea and TMJ

While snoring is a common sign of sleep apnea, not everyone who snores suffers from this sleeping disorder. At Arcadia Dentistry, we take your snoring seriously and can conduct a sleep study to rule out sleep apnea. 

How Can I Tell If I Have Sleep Apnea?

While our Phoenix may have one or multiple symptoms of sleep apnea, the only way to treat it is after conducting a sleep study. During a sleep study, your actions during sleep are recorded and monitored. Come into our dental office if you are experiencing any of the following:

Loud snoring
Gasping during sleep
Constantly feeling sleepy
Dry or sore throat in the mornings
Morning headaches

Talk to Us About Your Symptoms 

If you know your sleep is affecting your daily routine, call Dr. Milana for a correct assessment. If we conclude that you suffer from sleep apnea, we can start to treat it so that you can get your life back on track. 

Call Arcadia Dentistry today to schedule a dental appointment with Dr. Milana. Don't keep yourself—and your partner—up all night anymore!

Millions of American adults suffer from TMJ—a condition that causes jaw pain, earaches, and headaches. The origin of their pain is related to the TMJ (temporomandibular joints) that are on each side of the head. These joints work together along with ligaments, bones, and muscles, to allow you to speak and chew. 

At Arcadia Dentistry, Dr. Matthew Milana understands how painful and stressful this condition can be, and can ease your discomfort. 

What is TMJ?

TMJ is the joint that connects your jaw to your jaw bone to your face; it acts as a hinge when you open and close your mouth. Many conditions can affect your joints, facial nerves, and muscles. 

How Long Does TMJ Pain Last?

Pain management is different for every person, along with how long your TMJ will last. Some patients can work through their discomfort with over-the-counter pain medication, regular massaging of the area, and ice packs. For others, surgery may be required to address the long-term pain. 

What Is TMD Pain?

Common causes of temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD) in Phoenix, AZ include:

  • Trauma and Injury
  • Medications
  • Bruxism (Teeth Grinding)
  • Anxiety
  • Malocclusion (Misalignment)
  • Arthritis

Relieving Your TMJ Pain

At Arcadia Dentistry, we will try to pinpoint the source of your TMJ pain so we can easily treat it. If you are suffering from headaches, jaw joint pain, or soreness, give us a call right away. We will help manage your pain and increase your comfort levels. 

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