TMJ-TMD, Lockjaw, Facial Pain, Headaches, Snoring, Sleep Apnea Treatment, Bruxism, Teeth Grinding, Teeth Clenching, Oral Appliances, Botox.
The specialty of Orofacial Pain is concerned with the prevention, evaluation, diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of orofacial pain disorders. Such disorders may have pain and associated symptoms arising from a discrete cause, such as postoperative pain or pain associated with a malignancy, or may be syndromes in which pain constitutes the primary problem, such as TMJ disorder pain, neuropathic pains or headaches.
The diagnosis of painful syndromes relies on interpretation of historical data; review of laboratory studies, imaging, behavioral, social, and occupational assessment; interview and examination by the orofacial pain specialist. The orofacial pain specialist serves as a consultant to other dentists and physicians but is often the principal treating health care provider and may provide care at various levels, such as direct treatment, prescribing medication, prescribing rehabilitative services, performing pain relieving procedures, counseling of patients and families, direction of a multidisciplinary team, coordination of care with other healthcare providers and consultative services to public and private agencies pursuant to optimal healthcare delivery to the patient suffering from a painful disorder.
Orofacial pain is evolving; the scope of the field is enlarging. At the present time the orofacial pain encompasses:
- Temporomandibular Disorders (TMD & TMJ)
- Atypical Facial Pain Disorders
- Ear Pain
- Jaw Problems and Lockjaw
- Tension Type, Migraine and Primary Headaches
Refractory Headaches and Migraines
- Persistent Constant Tooth Pain
- Sleep Apnea and Obstructive Sleep Apnea
- Myofacial Pain and Trigger Points Pain
- Neck Pain, Muscle Spasm, Muscle Strain, Cramps and Trigger Points
Listed Below are Some Treatment Options
(We use non-surgical, non-evasive treatment methods, all which are conservative and reversible).
- Patient Education
- Botox Injections
- Oral Appliances
- Oral Sleep Appliances
- Habit Control
- Medications (Pharmacological treatment)
- Muscle Trigger Point Injections
- Nerve Blocks
- Home physiotherapy (exercises)
- Biofeedback and Behavioral medicine
- Acupuncture and Alternative Medicine
- Cone Beam CT Scan 3D Imaging