Ladera Ranch TMJ Jaw & Facial Pain Treatment: Oral Appliance Therapy Updated

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Specializing in dental sleep medicine and the treatment of orofacial pain, the Laguna Hills Center for Sleep Apnea & CPAP Intolerance in Orange County offers a uniquely holistic approach to treating temporomandibular disorders (TMD). Such dysfunction of the jaw joints (TMJ) affects between 5% and 12% of the population, according to the National Institutes of Health.

The Center prides itself on reliably providing quick and long-lasting relief from jaw pain and other symptoms of the condition without the need for surgery.

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The Center’s founding dentist, Dr. Ann Abdulla, explains that TMDs are one of the most common reasons for jaw and face pain, typically caused by things like misalignment of the jaws or bite, and habitual clenching and grinding. Oral appliance therapy is one of the most effective non-invasive methods of relieving TMJ pain.

The Center creates custom-fitted, non-obtrusive oral devices meant to be worn during sleep. By stabilizing the jaw joint and returning it to its proper position, the device reduces discomfort.

Additional TMD treatments offered at the Laguna Hills Center include ultrasound therapy, which reduces pain through high-frequency sound waves, and myofascial trigger point release therapy. These can be combined with stress relief techniques and meditation, which is especially effective when jaw pain is caused by stress-related muscle tension.

“While TMD is a common condition, it is difficult to diagnose correctly without special training,” says Dr. Ann Abdulla, the clinic’s founding dentist. She encourages patients who are experiencing jaw pain or stiffness, facial muscle spasms, ringing in the ears, pain when chewing, or recurring headaches to schedule an appointment to be evaluated. Dr. Abdulla, who completed the TMJ and Orofacial Pain Mini-Residency at the UCLA School of Dentistry, can identify the underlying cause of the symptoms and devise a personalized treatment plan for patients.

“In many cases, more than one method may be used in order to give our patients the most effective therapy sessions possible,” Dr. Abdulla adds. “Patients notice immediate improvement after the first visit and each successive visit, and typically report that they are completely pain-free within one to three weeks.”

In addition to TMD, Laguna Hills Center offers holistic treatment options for sleep apnea, in particular for patients who struggle with CPAP. General and cosmetic dental services are also available.

Interested parties can find more information by visiting

Laguna Hills Center for Sleep Apnea & CPAP Intolerance

24953 Paseo De Valencia #26b,

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