What Is Neuromuscular Dentistry?

Answers from Fresno Neuromuscular Dentist, Dr. Donna Blair

While a traditional dentist is responsible for the basic treatment of teeth, gums, and the surrounding jaw and mouth bones, neuromuscular dentistry concentrates on the muscles and nerves as well as the hard and soft tissues of the jaw joint. A neuromuscular dentist in Fresno, such as Dr. Blair, has the knowledge needed to correct a misaligned jaw which can cause painful symptoms such as neck and shoulder pain, jaw pain, headaches, clicking or popping sounds of the jaw, or ringing of the ears which is also known as tinnitus. Dr. Blair understands the complexity of hard and soft tissues and the importance of the functional relationship between them. Though they may seem minute, your muscles and nerves all have an important function. If one is not working properly, the imbalance between them can cause TMJ (temporomandibular joint) disorder (TMD). Dr. Blair is also experienced in treating other dental problems such as teeth grinding and sleep apnea, and can help improve your game as an athlete by fitting you with a neuromuscular mouth guard.

If you are experiencing muscle pain in your neck and jaw, or chronic migraine-like headaches, you may be experiencing symptoms of a neuromuscular dental disorder. With over 30 years experience in dentistry, Dr. Blair offers state of the art technology to treat Fresno neuromuscular dentistry patients. It is her goal to restore your dental health so you can live a more comfortable life.

TMJ Treatment

Do you experience a popping sound when you open your mouth? Do you suffer from chronic headaches or even migraine-like headaches? If you are experiencing any of these symptoms then your pain may be caused by a disorder known as TMJ Disorder (or TMJ Dysfunction).  TMJ isn’t uncommon and is said to affect millions of people each year. TMJ Dysfunction is an imbalance in the jaw bite where the jaw meets the skull. The options for treatment vary greatly and can range from simply adjusting the bite by making small changes in the shape of your teeth (coronoplasty), an orthosis, orthodontics, or restoring your teeth to their correct positions (full mouth reconstruction).  Using neuromuscular dentistry, Dr. Blair will be able to realign your jaw by repositioning your bite to a proper location. This process is not surgical and will help to relieve your symptoms. Dr. Blair and her team are committed to effectively treating your TMJ! Read more about TMJ treatment.

Sleep Apnea And Neuromuscular Dentistry

Sleep apnea affects millions of people around the world. One key factor to good health is proper rest at night.  Unfortunately, too many people are not receiving the amount of sleep they need each due to sleep apnea an snoring, which can be detrimental to daily and future health. How do you know if you suffer from sleep apnea? If you are tired during the day, suffer from memory loss, or snore at night; you may be one of millions who suffer from sleep apnea. The first step in sleep apnea diagnosis is to have an overnight sleep study administered to you. This sleep test is also called a polysomnogram (PSG). Once your sleep apnea has been positively diagnosed by a sleep physician, a sleep apnea dentist can prescribe an oral sleep apnea appliance to enable you to breathe properly each night, thus helping you get the sleep you need. If you believe you may be suffering from sleep apnea and live in the Fresno area, Dr. Blair can help you today! Read more about sleep apnea.

Get Relief Today With Neuromuscular Dentistry!

If you live in Fresno or are willing to travel to our office from other cities in the San Joaquin Valley area, be sure to contact Dr. Blair today for a neuromuscular dentistry consultation. Call us at (559) 431-4488. You can also book an appointment online.

Donna J. Blair, DDS
5777 N. Fresno Street, Suite 108
Fresno at Bullard
Fresno, California 93710