Relief from migraines, sleep issues, neck and/or jaw pain, and grinding teeth.
Temporomandibular joint disorder, or TMJ syndrome (also called TMJD or TMD), is an umbrella term covering acute or chronic inflammation of the joint which connects the lower jaw to the skull. Most of the indications involve pain or discomfort in the head and neck area, migraines and neck pain.
Sleep issues, specifically snoring and obstructive sleep apnea, affect millions of people in the United States. Caused by partial or completely obstructed airways in the soft palate, these blockages translate to a shallow nights rest for you and sometimes your loved ones. Watch this video about a child’s sleep and breathing issue. We have a solution that many of our patients have adopted to deal with this issue. It’s a simple and virtually maintenance-free option to the CPAP machine. If you feel you are affected by this common disorder, call for an evaluation reservation to see if the MicrO2 might be right for you.
Migraines, neck and jaw pain The reason that the temporomandibular joint and your jaws cause migraines, as well as neck and jaw problems is due to it’s association with the trigeminal nerve. It feeds sensation and function to your face, tongue, jaws, eyes, teeth, etc. This nerve also interacts with two other nerves in the same area that control sensation and function in almost all other muscles of your neck, throat and head. Adjustments to the temporomandibular joint that relieves issues with these nerves, can bring relief for migraines, neck pain and jaw pain.
Grinding and breaking teeth Grinding your teeth on a regular basis is called bruxism. A bite appliance that has been custom-fitted by Dr. Kawulok has be proven to be an effective remedy. It is wearable day or night and absorbs the force of the clenching or grinding. Soft, over-the-counter night guards will not protect your muscle and jaw joints. nor will they account for occlusal discrepancies that may be the source of your bruxing problems. An appliance custom-fabricated by Dr. Kawulok will take all these issues into account.