Traditional dentists are trained to help patients with their oral health, primarily, the teeth, jaw, gums, tongue and the balance of oral flora that keep the mouth healthy. There is a dental specialization that goes beyond traditional dental training to understand the relationship between the jaw or temporomandibular joint in its relationship to the muscles and joints that go from the back of the head to the base of the spine. These specialists are called neuromuscular dentists. Drs. Ken and Marnie Collins offer neuromuscular dental treatments to help patients deal with sleep apnea, migraines, neck and back pain at Collins Dental & Aesthetic.
In their studies, neuromuscular dentists become familiar with the malalignment of vertebrae in the neck and spine that begins as a domino effect with an improper set of the jaw causing patients a wide variety of discomforts and problems. They learn about special orthotic devices that can be created and customized for fixing these issues. The customization and use of these orthotics is called Oral Appliance Therapy, and has been found to be particularly useful in preventing and soothing migraines and certain types of sleep apnea.
In addition to Oral Appliance Therapy, a neuromuscular dentist can create a 3D model of what your mouth would look like with the proper tooth height and jaw alignment restored and utilize crowns, dental implants and braces to help patients achieve the proper TMJ alignment with a more natural look and feel.
To determine if neuromuscular dental services are right for you, contact our office at 509-368-7788.
Or office in Spokane is located at:
3151 E. 28th Ave.
Spokane, WA 99223
Office phone # 509-368-7788