TMJ services located in Denver, CO

Are you experiencing jaw pain, clicking noises, or discomfort while chewing? These symptoms may indicate temporomandibular joint disorder, commonly known as TMJ. At Denver Sleep Apnea in Denver, Colorado, triple board-certified sleep apnea specialist Steven Wilk, DDS, and the experienced team understand the impact TMJ can have on your daily life and are here to provide effective solutions. To learn more, schedule an appointment online or by phone today.


What are some signs I have TMJ?

If you find yourself frequently experiencing pain in your jaw joint or in the muscles that control your jaw movement, it could be a sign of TMJ.

Other signs may include:

  • Discomfort when chewing or speaking
  • Clicking or popping sounds when you open or close your mouth
  • Restricted jaw movement, making it challenging to open or close your mouth fully
  • Locked jaw

If you experience any of these symptoms, see Dr. Wilk as soon as possible for a comprehensive evaluation, treatment, and professional dental advice.

What causes TMJ?

One of the leading causes of TMJ is teeth grinding, also called bruxism. Grinding your teeth, especially during sleep, can put excessive pressure on your jaw joint, leading to inflammation and discomfort.

If your jaw isn’t correctly aligned, it can contribute to TMJ issues. Misalignment may result from genetics, injury, or the natural aging process. Dr. Wilk can assess your jaw alignment and recommend appropriate interventions.

High levels of stress and anxiety can manifest physically, affecting your jaw and contributing to TMJ symptoms. Learning stress management techniques and incorporating relaxation practices may help alleviate TMJ discomfort.

How is TMJ treated?

For many patients, a customized oral appliance can make a significant difference in managing TMJ symptoms. These appliances are designed to alleviate pressure on your jaw joint and promote proper alignment, reducing pain and discomfort.

Dr. Wilk may recommend specific exercises and physical therapy to strengthen your jaw muscles and improve joint function. These noninvasive approaches can be effective in managing and preventing TMJ symptoms.

Simple lifestyle changes, such as practicing good posture, avoiding excessive gum chewing, and implementing stress-reduction techniques, can be crucial in managing TMJ. Dr. Wilk works with you to identify and implement practical strategies for your daily life.

If you suspect you may have TMJ or experience symptoms, schedule a consultation with Dr. Wilk. He prioritizes patient comfort and satisfaction, and his comprehensive approach to TMJ care focuses on personalized solutions to help you achieve lasting relief. 

Don't let TMJ pain impact your quality of life — call the Denver Sleep Apnea office or reach out online today to request an appointment.