Treating Migraines, TMD, & Sleep Apnea
TMD (temporomandibular joint disorder), sleep apnea, and migraines can all be caused by an improper bite, facial and dental development, and failing extensive dental restorations. When left untreated, all of these conditions progress with time and become more complicated to treat. TMD causes serious pain and jaw dysfunction, sleep apnea can impair your ability to rest and increase your risk of heart attack and stroke, and migraines are debilitating and painful. Dr. Ventresca uses physiologic and wholistic methods to correct jaw malpositioning and underdevelopment that are at the root of these issues, providing relief from pain and helping you get back to your day-to-day life.
Physiologic Removable Orthotics
If you suffer from TMD and have symptoms including jaw pain, discomfort, and stiffness, a physiologic removable orthotic may be the best initial choice for your treatment. This treatment involves a custom-made removable plastic appliance, similar in appearance to a retainer. Essentially, this orthotic “trains” the jaw to move into a more healthy position and alleviates the side effects of TMD. Orthotics are meant to find the harmony of your TMJ, muscles, and teeth.
Physiologic Non-Removable Orthotic
The non-removable orthotic guides the jaw into a healthier position faster and offers relief for patients who suffer from pain and discomfort caused by TMD or migraines. Non-removable orthotics are designed to remain in place for up to 3 months and can only be removed by the dentist. This is a great solution for someone who is committed to their restorative rehabilitation and wants a more comfortable, faster solution of getting to their final goal. During your consultation, Dr. Ventresca will assess your mouth and jaw, and discuss your particular TMD symptoms to determine which treatment may be best for you.
T.E.N.S. Muscle Relaxation
T.E.N.S. stands for “transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation.” This treatment uses a specialized device to deliver a microcurrent directly to the craniofacial muscles in order to relax the muscles and find their ideal physiologic position. If you suffer from bruxism (teeth grinding), TMD symptoms, and migraines, this treatment may be beneficial to include in the plan to getting you feeling better.
Sleep And Snore Appliance
Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is the most common form of sleep apnea. It’s caused when the soft tissues of the throat and palate relax during sleep and block the airway, making it difficult to breathe. In the past, Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) machines were the preferred method of treatment for sleep apnea. However, oral sleep appliances are revolutionizing the way we treat most minor-to-moderate cases of apnea. This appliance is designed to move the mouth and jaw into a more physiologic position during sleep, allowing patients to breathe continuously throughout the night without the need for intrusive, uncomfortable equipment. These oral appliances are more affordable, convenient, and much easier to transport than CPAP machines.
Kois Deprogrammer is a custom made diagnostic tool and appliance that you wear for two weeks, and which allows your jaw muscles to fully relax. In a relaxed state, Dr. Ventresca is able to analyze your bite and contacting teeth surfaces to determine if you are at your optimum bite, or how far off from your optimum you are. Only then we can start planning treatment. Treatment recommendations range depending on your specific situation and can include equilibration, invisalign, restorations, or ceramic onlays and crowns. As such, cost also varies. This is a great technique to give us a detailed insight into your bite topography.