Symptoms of TMJD include:
- Clenching or grinding of teeth
- Headaches, neck pain, or migraines
- Uneven or bad bite
- Worn or broken teeth
- Muscle or jaw pain
- Jaw joint noises (popping or clicking)
- Difficulty with chewing and eating
- Trouble/soreness with opening and closing the mouth
SomnoDent™ Sleep Apnea Device
There is no “one size fits all” solution for TMJD, and your treatment is customized based on in-depth analysis and accurate diagnosis of the cause of your symptoms. Some of the common treatments include removable orthotic splint therapy, orthodontics, restoring worn teeth and old dental work to optimal biologic form, or replacing missing teeth in order to balance the chewing system to function normally. For more information on the bioesthetic approach to TMJD click here.
Drs. Kinney uses The Biolase® Epic 10™ soft tissue diode laser, which is FDA approved for non-invasive temporary relief of minor pain, to treat pain associated with TMJD. Treatment for TMJD can involve adjunctive healthcare providers such as physical therapists, chiropractors, massage therapists, acupuncturists, MDs, and naturopathic doctors.
Dental Sleep Medicine
- Improvement in sleep habits
- Weight loss, as applicable
- Use of a CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure) machine
- Oral Appliance Therapy (OAT)
- Orthodontics and/or Orthognathic Surgery
Drs. Amy and Todd Kinney are trained in the fabrication and use of Oral Appliance Therapy (OAT) with the Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine. We work together with sleep medicine physicians to identify the best treatment for each patient. If CPAP treatment is not well tolerated, OAT can be an effective alternative treatment for obstructive sleep apnea and snoring. A custom-fit oral appliance prevents the airway from collapsing by supporting the jaw in a forward position and helps maintain an open, unobstructed airway during sleep. There are specific dental considerations in using OAT, and with their advanced training in TMJ therapy, Drs. Kinney can provide additional support and attention to the health of the TMJs during OAT treatment.
For more information, visit the Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine.