About 80% of chronic headaches and migraines are the result of myofascial pain. However, it is estimated myofascial problems are assessed less than 10% of the time. Dr. Miner is an expert in assessing myofascial pain and often time can provide immediate relief. Dr. Miner has several treatment options to address these issues. Myofacial pain is also the leading cause of TMJ and facial pain.
Jaw Pain, Snoring and Frequent Headaches May Be Signs of Common Dental Problems
Does your jaw hurt almost every day for no particular reason? Are you plagued with headaches, especially when you wake up in the morning? Does your snoring at night interfere with your sleep, causing you to gasp for air at intervals? You may be suffering from sleep apnea or TMJ, both commonly seen dental problems that Durango Laser Dentistry can help you treat.
75% Of Severe Sleep Apnea
Cases Are Undiagnosed
12% Have Chronic Pain
Caused by TMJD
Sleep Apnea and TMJ: More Than Just Annoying
It is not unusual for people to complain about sleep apnea and TMJ symptoms, and then be reluctant to take steps to solve their underlying causes. However, these conditions are not to be taken lightly. Without intervention, sleep apnea can lead to serious consequences, including chronic acid reflux disease, high blood pressure and debilitating fatigue. Additionally TMJ can be the cause of severe headaches, as well as problems with the way the bite fits together.
Fortunately, TMJ and sleep apnea treatments are available at our Durango, CO office.
What is Sleep Apnea?
Sleep apnea occurs when the tissue at the back of your throat collapses into the airway during sleep. As your body begins to struggle for breath, you may jump awake, gasping. Many people with sleep apnea do not fully wake up when this occurs, but often experience sore throats, headaches and a feeling of exhaustion in the morning.
One in 5 adults has some type of sleep apnea. Sleep apnea contributes to higher risk of heart attacks, strokes and decreased life expectancy.
Oral appliance therapy is the first option of treatment for persons with mild to moderate sleep apnea. Oral appliances move the lower jaw forward taking the tongue off the back of the throat to allow air go through. Dr. Miner provides sleep appliances for patients as well as follow up care.
Dr. Miner offers adults a complimentary screening for sleep apnea in Durango, CO. Our office also works with medical insurance to maximize benefits for oral appliance therapy. Oral appliance therapy can also be an option for those who cannot intolerable a CPAP machine.
Risk Factors for Sleep Apnea:
- Males are at greater risk than females
- The older you are, the higher your risk of sleep apnea
- If your neck size is bigger than average, you may be at risk
- Smokers get sleep apnea more than non-smokers
- Those who have excess fat around the neck
- A narrow throat or enlarged tonsils or adenoids
- Use of alcohol, sedatives or tranquilizers
- Nasal congestion
What is TMJ?
TMJ is a condition whereby the jawbones do not fit together completely. This causes clicking sounds when the mouth is opened or closed and can be quite painful. Approximately 10 million people suffer from this disorder, according to the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research. While the exact cause of TMJ is unknown, trauma to the jaw or tempromandibular joint may play a role. Those who suffer from TMJ often experience symptoms like painful clicking, popping or grating in the jaw, muscle stiffness, and locking of the jaw.
Risk Factors for TMJ:
- Females are at greater risk than males
- Having a family history of TMJ increases risk
- Having poor posture
- Improper bite / malocclusion
How Dr. Miner Treats Sleep Apnea and TMJ
Dr. Miner can explore many treatment options for you if you are diagnosed with sleep apnea or TMJ. These may include lifestyle changes in addition to dental devices such as night guards. To discuss your personal situation, please contact the office for a consultation today.
Trigger point injection
Trigger point injections (TPI) may be an option for treating pain in some patients. TPI is a procedure used to treat painful areas of muscle that contain trigger points, or knots of muscle that form when muscles do not relax. Many times, these knots can be felt under the skin. Trigger points often irritate the nerves around them and cause referred pain, or pain that is felt in another part of the body.
In the TPI procedure, Dr. Miner inserts a small needle into the patient’s trigger point. The injection contains local anesthetic (for your comfort). With the injection, the trigger point is made inactive and the pain is alleviated. Usually, a brief course of treatment will result in sustained relief. Injections are given in a doctor’s office and usually take just a few minutes. Several sites may be injected in one visit. If a patient has an allergy to a certain drug, a dry-needle technique (involving no medications) can be used.
TPI is used to treat many muscle groups. TPI can be used to treat fibromyalgia, chronic and tension headaches. The technique is also used to alleviate myofascial pain syndrome (chronic pain involving tissue that surrounds muscle) that does not respond to other treatments.
Dr. Miner utilizes trigger point injection treatment to address facial pain, headaches, neck and shoulder pain. Dr. Miner uses anesthetic to make your treatment more comfortable. The techniques Dr. Miner utilizes can often time provide immediate relief and relief that can last.
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