While headaches are typically treated by your physician, improper occlusion (your bite), unbalanced posture, muscle trigger points, TMJ internal derangements may play a significant role in certain types of headaches as well as other head and neck pain.
Headaches, clicking jaw, jaw locking, malocclusion (misalignment of teeth), and jaw joint disc dislocations and disc displacement are all associated with TMD ( Temporomandibular Joint Disorder). These symptoms often occur in patients with Sleep Disordered Breathing as well. Research in the journal SLEEP determined in 1993 that nocturnal headaches may be caused by temporomandibular joint disorder or triggered by Sleep Disordered Breathing.
The airway obstruction that causes Sleep Disordered Breathing doesn’t let enough oxygen get to the blood. If you can’t breathe in deeply or frequently enough, you cannot get a sufficient amount of oxygen. You also can not exhale all the carbon dioxide you’re supposed to. This is why many patients with sleep disordered breathing wake up with headaches.
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