Non-Invasive TMJ Treatment Wausau, WI
Koala Center for Sleep and TMJ Disorders Offers Non-Invasive TMJ Treatments at Locations All Across the Country, Including Our Convenient Office at 305 S. 18th Avenue, Ste 300, Wausau, WI 54401. If You Are Suffering from Orofacial Pain, Chronic Headaches, or Ringing in Your Ears, a TMJ Disorder May be the Problem. Call Us Today at (715) 600-5240 to Schedule Your Consultation!
When you experience chronic pain in your jaw, face, and neck, it can negatively impact your daily life. At Koala® Center for Sleep and TMJ Disorders, our experienced doctors and dental staff can provide exceptional care for your TMJ pain, so you can eat without worry and fall asleep more easily. We are proud to offer effective, non-invasive treatment solutions that help our patients overcome their TMD while avoiding corrective surgical procedures.
Why do I have TMJ disorder (TMD)?
We do not yet fully understand why some people will develop TMD and others will not. Some risk factors include a family history of the condition, chronic stress or anxiety that causes clenching of the jaw or grinding of the teeth, previously diagnosed arthritis, and consistent chewing of gum or tough foods. When you begin to experience orofacial pain that starts in the temporomandibular joint at either side of your face, it could be because the muscles around the joint are chronically tense or because the joint itself is dysfunctional. Our doctors can perform a physical assessment of your jaw, so you understand the total extent of your condition before moving forward with a treatment plan. We know how important it is to provide personalized attention and care to each patient because everyone’s body and anatomy are different, which will necessitate a unique approach to their care in order to ensure they receive the greatest possible benefit from their treatment.
What non-invasive treatments are available?
There are a number of non-invasive methods of reducing orofacial pain and chronic tension associated with TMD. By far the most proven and effective is the use of an oral appliance to therapeutically adjust and support the jaw’s natural alignment. Our exceptional dental staff can create a comfortable orthotic device that is designed especially for you and your body, providing unsurpassed comfort and convenience.Other non-invasive treatments include physical therapy exercises and stretches to release tension and build strength and mobility, as well as electrical nerve stimulation, ultrasound therapy, and heat or ice to relieve pain. Some patients may combine physical therapy and dental appliance therapy to optimize the effects of both treatment strategies and improve their mobility while reducing pain. Some patients have also explored alternative medicine therapies including biofeedback and acupuncture to address their TMD.
Will I have to wear my oral appliance all day?
Your specific needs will depend on the severity of your TMJ disorder. Some patients will only use their orthotic device at night, while others may benefit from wearing it for a more prolonged period of time, especially at the beginning of their treatment process. Your doctor can discuss your specific treatment needs with you during your appointment, so you know exactly what to expect from your dental orthotic device. We understand that wearing an appliance like this can seem intimidating, but because each piece is created to the exact specifications of the patient it is meant for, our patients have found that they are far more comfortable and less cumbersome than they originally anticipated. Our goal is to provide an effective treatment that is comfortable enough that our patients will want to wear it. This improves the chances that they will follow their treatment protocol specifications and improve the efficacy of their treatment plan.
If you live in or near Wausau, WI and are struggling with chronic headaches, orofacial pain, or other uncomfortable symptoms associated with TMJ disorder, call Koala® Center for Sleep and TMJ Disorders today to schedule your appointment at (715) 600-5240.