Non-Invasive TMJ Treatment Springfield, IL
TMJ Disorder Causes Intense Pain and Difficulty Chewing or Swallowing for Many People. At Koala® Center for Sleep & TMJ Disorders, We Offer Effective and Non-Invasive TMJ Treatments That Can Help Our Patients Overcome Their Symptoms and Improve Their Daily Life. We Offer These Treatments Across the Country, Including at 2061 Timberbrook Drive, Springfield, IL 62702. Call (217) 481-8094 Today to Schedule a Consultation with an Experienced TMJ Doctor!
People who experience TMJ disorder (TMD) pain know that it can make it difficult to get through the day and have just as much of an impact on your nightly routine. Patients with TMJ often find themselves avoiding certain foods out of necessity and missing out on crucial sleep because the chronic orofacial pain their condition causes can keep them awake at night. At Koala® Center for Sleep & TMJ Disorders, our doctors and dental staff focus on offering relief to patients with these symptoms without surgery or long-term reliance on prescription medications.
Who can develop TMJ disorder?
Anyone can develop TMJ at any point in their life. TMJ is more common in people who clench their jaw or grind their teeth, those who chew gum on a daily basis or are prone to eating especially tough foods, and those who have been previously diagnosed with arthritis. There may also be a genetic component that could increase your chances of developing TMJ because it is more common in people who have one or more family members with the condition. Patients with TMJ will generally know they have it because they will begin experiencing chronic pain in the jaw that spreads into other parts of the face. This is known as orofacial pain and can cause chronic discomfort that makes it difficult to eat, laugh, and sleep. Patients may also develop difficulty swallowing or chewing, and can often suffer from chronic headaches. Because there are so many different symptoms that may seem disparate, but are actually all indicative of TMJ, it is important to discuss your condition with a doctor who has experience treating patients with TMJ disorder.
Can surgery correct my TMJ?
Most patients will not require surgical intervention. At Koala® Center for Sleep & TMJ Disorders, we strive to offer our patients non-invasive treatment alternatives that are incredibly effective. We believe in the power of the human body to know what is best for it, which is why we rely on each patient’s body to dictate the treatment protocol that is best for every individual we provide care for. Your doctor will take the time to evaluate your anatomy on an individual basis in order to ensure that the treatment protocol they design for you is exactly right for your needs. While patients with extremely rare and severe cases of TMJ disorder may choose to undergo a joint surgery procedure, we believe that our oral appliance therapy and other treatment techniques can be beneficial for most patients with TMJ and help them avoid costly and unnecessary procedures.
What is oral appliance therapy?
Oral appliance therapy is one of the most effective methods for treating TMJ. It is simple and safe, making it an excellent choice for patients of all ages and backgrounds. The devices we create for our patients are always made to their exact specifications, so they are as comfortable as possible, while still offering exceptional results. These appliances can go by many names including neuromuscular orthotics or dental splints. These devices are generally worn at night to provide your jaw with the support it needs to gently relax into its optimum position. For some patients, a permanent device may eventually be recommended to support the jaw during waking hours as well. Because oral appliance therapy relies on the body’s natural anatomy, it is a safe and effective method for addressing and reducing the negative symptoms of TMJ disorder in the long term.
If you live in the Springfield, IL area and are looking for a doctor who can provide non-invasive TMJ treatment options, contact Koala® Center for Sleep & TMJ Disorders today to schedule an appointment with one of our compassionate and knowledgeable providers.