At Gentle Dental Eagan, we know the health of our mouth can include more than just traditional general dentistry services. We offer additional treatments for conditions such as TMD, smoking cessation and sleep disorders in Eagan, MN.
If you suffer from painful TMD symptoms — including pain, stiffness, or soreness of the temporomandibular joint and surrounding muscles — finding ways to reduce pressure on the TMJ is helpful for reducing frequency and intensity of symptoms. Dr. Michael can fit you for a custom night guard if nighttime clenching or teeth grinding (referred to as bruxism) is contributing to your TMD symptoms. In addition, Dr. Michael often prescribes occlusal splints, which are similar to night guards, for patients with TMD. The splint creates a temporary bite structure that relaxes the jaw muscles and allows a freer range of motion for the TMJ, while stopping teeth to teeth contact at night.
Teeth clenching and bruxism can also cause severe migraine and headaches, most often in the early morning hours. Dr. Michael offers a dental appliance called NTI, a type of occlusal splint that prevents teeth from clenching. If you have weekly or daily migraines, stress to your teeth and jaw could be the cause. Most headaches or migraines caused from bruxism include the following signs:
- Tension-type headaches
- Ear pain
- TMJ soreness or pain
- Reflexive clenching of the jaw
Quitting smoking is a crucial step forward for your health, but it’s hard to do it alone. At Gentle Dental Eagan, we offer several resources for patients who are on the path to a smoking-free lifestyle.
QUITPLAN, a free program for Minnesota residents, offers professional counseling that has aided over 140,000 Minnesota residents to quit tobacco for good. For more information on QUITPLAN, visit their website. Chantix® is the most prescribed quit-smoking aid in the country, and can help you quit at the pace and timeline that’s right for you. If you’re looking to quit smoking, Dr. Michael can discuss how QUITPLAN, Chantix®, or other treatment options could help you in your journey to a healthier lifestyle.
If you deal with restless nights or feel tired and groggy throughout the day, you may suffer from a common sleep disorder. We are happy to offer services to help you sleep more soundly. A sleep apnea screening can help Dr. Michael determine whether or not you suffer from disruptive breathing during the night. By determining the cause of your sleep disorder, he can find the right solution to help you get a more restful night’s sleep. Custom oral appliances can improve open up your breathing passageways, or anti-snoring appliances can ensure a quieter night for your family.
Healthier, Pain-Free Living is Possible
If you are dealing with one or more of the above conditions in the Eagan, MN area, Dr. Michael can help. Contact us to schedule your consultation.