When it comes to treating TMJ disorder, there are several common treatments to choose from. Ranging from simple and frequent massages to oral appliances and possible surgery, it can be difficult to know which treatment will help you the most. At Exceptional Dentistry, we are pleased to offer not only a series of effective treatments but also a dentist that cares enough to work with you until you have found the right treatment. One of Dr. James Powell’s treatment options is TENS, a treatment that sends small electrical pulses through your muscles to help them relax. We welcome you to contact us at (661) 349-7725 if you are interested in learning more, and to schedule your appointment for your TENS treatment in Palmdale, California.
TENS, or transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation, is a common and highly effective treatment for patients who suffer from TMJ disorder. TMJ disorder is often characterized by a misaligned bite, resulting in overexerted muscles. This overexertion then leads to tighter and sore muscles. With TENS, our dentist can treat many symptoms of TMJ disorder, including:
- Tinnitus, or a ringing in the ears
- Pain around or behind the eyes
- Soreness in the jaw, neck and teeth
- Back pain
- Tingling sensation in the hands or arms
TENS is a minimally-invasive treatment that can be performed in our office. Small electrode pads are attached to your skin in areas of tension. With a TENS monitor, our dentist will send various frequencies through the electrodes to stimulate your nerves and muscles. This stimulation causes your muscles to contract and relax in a stream of natural and precise movements. When effective, TENS creates a self-massage stimulated by small electrical currents. This self-massage can have many benefits, including:
- Relaxing muscles
- Eliminating tension-causing toxins
- Releasing hormones and endorphins
- Blocking pain
- Improving your overall mood
If you suffer from a TMJ disorder, we welcome you to visit our practice and learn whether TENS can provide the treatment you need to find comfort once again. We are here to help you maintain both oral and overall wellness.