What are my treatment options?
Treatment for TMJ / TMD and jaw pain often involves conservative therapy with use of oral orthotics or “splints.” In our office, day use splints are usually fabricated to be worn on the bottom teeth to make it more comfortable, less noticeable and easier to speak with it in. We generally prescribe a separate splint for night time use which is worn on the upper teeth. In addition to use of the splints, other therapies for jaw pain treatment may include:
- Therapeutic injections to help “unlock” your jaw
- Trigger point injections
- Medical acupuncture
- Massage therapy
- Moist heat application
- TENS therapy
- Use of medications as needed
Suffering From Jaw Pain?
If you are unsure of your diagnosis or jaw pain treatment you should AVOID any type of “irreversible” therapy, such as:
- Equilibration—or grinding on the teeth to improve the bite*
- Orthodontics or braces*
- Crowning the teeth*
- Root canals
- Extraction of teeth
- ANY type of surgery on the TMJ or jaw
* The American Dental Association refers to these procedures as “phase two therapy,” and as such should only be performed AFTER successful “phase one therapy.”
IN OUR PRACTICE, NECESSITY OF ORTHODONTICS OR CROWNING THE TEETH AFTER PHASE ONE SPLINT THERAPY IS EXTREMELY RARE. NECESSITY OF SURGICAL THERAPY FOR JAW PAIN IS EVEN MORE RARE. IF YOU SUFFER FROM JAW PAIN, CALL OUR OFFICE TODAY TO SCHEDULE A CONSULTATION: (208) 376-3600.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Linked Health Issues
Sleep Apnea is also considered a risk factor for several serious health problems, such as:
- High Blood Pressure
- Heart Attack
*Note that most insurance companies consider the treatment of snoring as a “cosmetic” issue, and therefore won’t cover the cost of treatment.
Affects Children Also
Sleep apnea also affects children. Usually this is due to the child having large tonsils that obstruct the airway; just like in adults, often snoring is a sign of an obstructed airway. Some of the problems common in children that have been linked to sleep apnea include:
- Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD)
- Mood disorders
- Bed wetting
- Problems learning
- Growth problems
To see if your child may be at risk, view the video of sleep apnea in children.
Affects Sleep Partner
Sleep apnea can also adversely affect the sleep of the bed partner of the person with sleep apnea. Please click the link to read a study done by the Mayo Clinic on the effect of sleep apnea and snoring on the bed partner.
How is Sleep Apnea Treated?
The quality of your sleep greatly affects your quality of life. The good news is that help is readily available from a sleep apnea clinic and usually doesn’t require medications. If you think you may have sleep apnea or you know someone who might, please ask us for a referral to a qualified sleep specialist in your area, or talk to your primary care doctor. Treating sleep apnea can add more life to your years and more years to your life.
Oral appliance therapy has become a widely used and accepted method of treating sleep disordered breathing. The gold standard therapy for obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP). Although CPAP is usually very effective in treating OSA, there are many patients who are not able to tolerate its use. If you have tried to use CPAP but have given up on using the therapy, an oral appliance may be for you. Contact CPC Idaho, your sleep apnea clinic, for a consultation.