Originally Posted by Realize
is this common amongst the rest of you?
Hi---There are many causes for this, but especially in tmjd it sometimes can signify a lack of oxygen from a smaller airway. These days, since dentists have gotten more familiar with sleep disorders and airway problems, they can spot this and rule out other factors as well. For instance, my daughter was born with an underdeveloped lower jaw, and she is in functional jaw appliances right now to correct this. She is 9, and has a mandible size of a 6 yr. old. I'm really worried, and watching her treatment like a hawk. Her x-ray showed that her airway is like a hour glass, when it should be like a tube, no restrictions at all. She does have the telltale signs of oxygen deprivation w-dark circles....There is a technical name for it, but I can't remember what it's called. Anyways, that's one reason why you would maybe need a sleep study or a good tmj specialist to evaluate you and take x-rays of your airway and check everything out. Also, if you are not getting enough sleep --you can definitely get dark circles. So it can be that simplistic, or very complex, like my daughter's problem.