Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics

For adults and children who have crowded or crooked teeth, spaces between their teeth or misaligned teeth and jaws, orthodontic therapy can help reduce the risk of tooth decay, gum disease, and trauma due to protruding teeth. The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that children have an evaluation by 7 years of age. In cases where early treatment is indicated, removable and fixed orthodontic appliances attempt to utilize the child’s growing years to decrease the severity of jaw imbalances. The decision to start early treatment, however, is determined by many factors including parent and patient goals. American Association of Orthodontists –www.braces.org

Oral Appliances for the Treatment of Snoring and Obstructive Sleep Apnea

Snoring is a common occurrence that can often be eliminated or decreased with current oral appliances. Besides causing social difficulties, snoring may be a symptom of more serious health issues. The primary concern is that the patient may unknowingly be suffering from a condition known as sleep apnea. Even if a person does not snore, he/she may still have an undiagnosed sleep disorder. The only reliable way of determining if a person has a sleep disorder is through an evaluation by a physician trained in sleep medicine. The physician will refer the patient for a sleep study to confirm the diagnosis, determine the severity and suggest treatment options. Oral appliance therapy provided by our office is a treatment option for a number of patients. Our office is called after completing a sleep study and consultation with the sleep physician For more information please visit the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine website atwww.dentalsleepmed.org

Facial Pain and Temporomandibular Disorders

Temporomandibular Disorder (TMD) is a common cause of facial pain and headaches. These disorders are also often referred to as “TMJ”. Because these disorders are often caused by a variety of factors, an accurate diagnosis and individualized treatment plan is necessary in order to deal with these pain symptoms which are usually chronic in nature. Additionally, since these problems are often due to more than one factor, multidisciplinary treatment from more than one health care provider is frequently necessary. Pacific Center for Orofacial Disorders –www.orofacialdisorders.com

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