Trigeminal Neuralgia

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    Understanding Trigeminal Neuralgia & TMJ

    At the TMJ & Sleep Therapy Centre of Montana, we understand the profound impact that trigeminal neuralgia and TMJ disorders can have on your life. Our specialized approach and comprehensive care are designed to provide you with effective relief and a better quality of life.

    What is a Trigeminal Neuralgia?

    Trigeminal Neuralgia (TN) is a chronic pain condition that affects the trigeminal nerve, which carries sensation from your face to your brain. If you have trigeminal neuralgia, even mild stimulation of your face — such as from brushing your teeth or putting on makeup — may trigger a jolt of excruciating pain. Trigeminal neuralgia is a form of neuropathic pain (pain associated with nerve injury or nerve lesion). You might experience brief attacks of pain that can feel like electric shocks, and the intensity of the pain can be physically and mentally debilitating.

    The Connection Between Trigeminal Neuralgia and TMJ

    Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (TMJ) involves issues with the joints and muscles in your jaw. While TMJ and trigeminal neuralgia are distinct conditions, they can be interconnected. The trigeminal nerve, which is affected in TN, also plays a significant role in the sensations and functions of the jaw. Problems with the temporomandibular joint can sometimes lead to or exacerbate trigeminal neuralgia. Misalignment, inflammation, or other dysfunctions of the TMJ can irritate or put pressure on the trigeminal nerve, resulting in the intense facial pain characteristic of TN.

    Symptoms of Trigeminal Neuralgia

    • Severe, shooting pain: Sudden, intense, and electric shock-like pain, often triggered by touching the face, chewing, speaking, or brushing teeth.
    • Facial muscle spasms: Involuntary muscle contractions in the face.
    • Pain distribution: Typically, the pain affects one side of the face, and it might be localized to the lower jaw, upper jaw, cheek, or around the eyes.
    • Pain episodes: Attacks that last from a few seconds to several minutes and may occur in quick succession.

    We Can Help Improve Your Sleep Quality!

    Choosing the TMJ & Sleep Therapy Centre of Montana means entrusting your care to a team of experts highly skilled in diagnosing and treating TMJ disorders and associated conditions like trigeminal neuralgia. Our commitment to staying updated with the latest advancements ensures that you receive the best possible care. We conduct comprehensive evaluations to accurately diagnose your condition, considering all potential contributing factors, including the intricate relationship between TMJ and trigeminal neuralgia.

    If you are struggling with the debilitating pain of trigeminal neuralgia and suspect a connection to TMJ, don’t wait to seek help. Contact the TMJ & Sleep Therapy Centre of Montana today to schedule a consultation. Let us help you reclaim your life with our expert, compassionate care.

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    Rae Tcherneshoff
    Rae Tcherneshoff
    2020-11-19
    My treatment has been nothing short of life changing. I have struggled with TMJ issues for about 10 years and it got much worse in the last year. After treatment here, I can now chew on both sides of my mouth, open my jaw all the way, no more clicking or popping, and finally no pain or ringing ears. I was skeptical at first, but Dr. VanDkye REALLY knows what she’s talking about and all the women in the office are so helpful!
    Josie Gordon
    Josie Gordon
    2019-08-25
    Dr VanDyke is so knowledgeable and well educated in Sleep Disorders. She is a wonderful, caring, compassionate person. The staff is so friendly and nice that I look forward to going to the office! They are an incredible group of women😇☀️😃
    Cheri Waring
    Cheri Waring
    2019-07-19
    I started with TMJ &Sleep Therapy Center in June this year. I was grinding teeth with mouth pieces made at the dentist offices that didn't help with my other issues. HEADACHES, not sleeping, jaw popping, pain in right ear, sinus issues. I was hoping only for help with headaches and sleep, and grinding. I recieved my more than ever expected. I sleep through the night, headache free, popping gone. Mouth pieces are so different than others I have had made. They truly gave me my life back. Thank you!
    Norman G.
    Norman G.
    2019-07-11
    The staff is wonderful, and so knowledgeable. My wife had been suffering for a long time with jaw pain, none of the medical doctors were able to help her. Finally, after treatment she has had no more pain and life is good!
    Lenora Snider
    Lenora Snider
    2019-06-12
    Very helpful, knowledgeable, friendly. Made sure you understand everything that you have discussed .