TMJ disorder, also known as TMD, is caused by abnormal actions of the jaw. Many times, when an injury is not to blame, the main cause of jaw problems can be an undiagnosed sleep breathing issue. It’s critical that the underlying cause of these problems be the focus of treatment, as opposed to just the symptoms, in order to successfully treat TMD.
We know that even though TMD isn’t life-threatening, it can significantly impact your quality of life. If TMD isn’t treated, symptoms can intensify over time.
Headaches are symptoms of many different underlying causes, two of which are sleep apnea and TMD. We perform a thorough evaluation for our patients to discover the underlying causes and create a treatment plan to relieve those causes.
We treat primary headaches (tension, cluster, and migraine), facial pain headaches, cranial neuralgias, and more. We do not treat secondary headaches, which represent fewer than 10% of headaches and are caused by medical conditions like tumors or brain bleeds.
Before your initial exam, you will fill out comprehensive forms to help Dr. Krish better understand and diagnose underlying issues. At your first appointment with us, we’ll take measurements and photos that relate to the head, jaw, and neck. Dr. Krish will perform motor reflex testing and a physical exam to assist with an accurate diagnosis. Other testing, such as a CBCT scan, may be necessary as well to formulate an effective plan of treatment.
After learning how to relieve her own pain and improve her sleep, Dr. Krish decided to devote all her time to exclusively treating TMD, Craniofacial Pain, and sleep disorders by opening the TMJ & Sleep Therapy Centre of North Texas.