Bright Dental uses a TENS Unit for treating and diagnosing TMD. The TENS unit gently massages the jaw and neck muscles, infusing them with fresh blood and oxygen. This process allows the muscles to relax and fall into their proper ideal resting position.
What is a TENS unit for?
The first focus is finding your relaxed jaw position. If the jaw muscles are allowed to stay stressed, it can affect speech, and cause headaches, earaches, neck and shoulder pain, and the whole list of TMJ symptoms, including worn-down and misaligned teeth.
The TENS unit relieves pain by causing the jaw muscles to relax, perhaps for the first time in many years! If you have TMJ, your jaw muscles are in an abnormal state of hyperactivity, fatigue or spasm. That stress helps to keep your jaw out of alignment. The TENS unit is used to calm the muscles with a special stimulation process, so that Dr. Neves can begin diagnosis and treatment of TMJ.
Since TMJ is worsened by stress and tension in the jaw muscles, TENS uses low frequency electrical stimulation to encourage relaxation of those muscles. Like a portable massage unit, TENS works by forcing the sore or stressed muscles to contract and then relax, so that after about half an hour, the muscles forget their stress and remain relaxed.
The TENS unit can be used for up to an hour at a time. It is not a painful treatment; on the contrary, it will relax your entire body. You will feel light tapping while the current is stimulating the muscles to contract. It is a comfortable and effective treatment for TMJ that avoids the side effects and risks associated with medication treatment.
While TENS is not a permanent treatment solution, it can offer you relief from symptoms and give Bright Dental a starting point for designing your personal jaw repositioning therapy plan. We'll measure and record that newly-relaxed jaw position and achieving a permanently relaxed jaw will be the goal of your treatment.
TENS is pain-free, safe and has been used to treat a variety of muscle therapy types over the years. If you're suffering from the painful symptoms of TMJ, see what our neuromuscular dentist can do for you.
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