At Dental TMJ Sleep Apnea in Boca Raton, FL, we have equipped our office with the essential technologies that complement our high qualifications in this field. We have several methods to evaluate and manage many types of orofacial pain and dysfunctions, TMJ disorders, and sleep-disordered breathing.
- Digital dental photography has various effects on dental care. Photographs document the patient’s condition before and after treatment. They are great tools to educate patients, improve case acceptance, communicate to the dental laboratories, and improve patients’ confidence following treatment.
- Digital dental radiography. Radiographic imaging of the teeth and their surrounding bone is a crucial part of the diagnosis, documentation of the teeth condition before treatment, and treatment planning at every dental practice. Digital radiographs (x-ray) technologies provide several advantages over their film-based radiography. Digital radiography systems permit dental professionals and their patients to view more accurate images immediately on a computer or similar screen. Moreover, it is easier to store and share digital radiograph files with third parties, such as other dentists or insurance companies, when necessary. Also, digital radiograph technologies use less radiation and require no processing chemicals than film counterparts.
- Cone-Beam Computed Tomography (CBCT): The CBCT systems are modifications of conventional computed tomography (CT) systems found in large medical centers or hospitals. The CBCT systems used by dental professionals go around the patient’s head, recording data using a cone-shaped X-ray beam. These data are then are reconstructed to form a three-dimensional (3D) image of the patient’s anatomy; teeth, jaw, TMJ, sinuses, upper airway, and upper cervical vertebrae. This technology enables the dental professional to evaluate the structures of the maxillofacial region, giving more information than what is seen on the plain radiographs.
- Low-level laser therapy or Cold Laser Therapy or Low-Level Laser Therapy (LLLT) is a treatment that utilizes specific wavelengths of light to affect the body tissue to help speed up the healing process. It is useful for patients who suffer from various acute and chronic conditions to help eliminate pain, swelling, reduce spasms, and increase functionality.
- Electrotherapy is a form of treatment that produces mild electrical pulsations to the desired area to reduce pain, increase blood circulation, repair damaged tissues, strengthen weakened muscles, and promote bone growth, promoting physical functioning enhancements.
- Therapeutic ultrasound is used to reduce chronic pain and to promote tissue healing. It is often recommended as a part of the treatment for muscle spasms, inflammation, stiffness, and joint injuries or disease. Therapeutic ultrasound provides deep heating to soft tissue to increase blood circulation, promote healing, and decrease pain.
- Iontophoresis is a therapeutic method used to treat a range of conditions. It is a sort of electrical stimulation used to administer medication into the desired tissue through the skin. Generally, this technique forms a repel-like ionic charge when a negatively charged therapeutic drug solution is driven through the skin by negative electricity. Similarly, a positively charged medicinal drug solution is forced through the skin by positive electricity. These methods allow introducing medications such as corticosteroids into inflamed tissue to reduce muscle or joint inflammation without injection.
- Extracorporeal shock wave treatment (ESWT) is a non-invasive therapy used to treat pain and promote healing by providing high-energy sound waves to injured or damaged tissue during short treatment periods. Directing a targeted ESWT therapy handpiece to the inflamed tissue causes increased blood circulation, leading to healing and reducing pain after a few sessions of ESWT.
- Home Sleep Apnea Testing (HSAT) is an easy, cost-effective way to screen breathing during sleep in the patient’s sleep environment. HSAT is a simple breathing monitor that records the frequency of breathing disturbances during sleep. It records the airflow quality, blood oxygen saturation, blood pressure, pulse, sleep efficiency, body position, and sometimes the sleep stages. An overnight sleep study at a sleep center may be better for individuals with particular heart, breathing, or neuromuscular problems.