WHAT ARE ORAL APPLIANCES AND ORTHOTICS?
At Integrative Pain and Wellness Center, skilled osteopathic physicians Dr. Matthew Barker and Dr. Melanie Gray are thrilled to partner with local dentists to provide oral appliance therapy (OAT) for individuals with certain dental issues, such as temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD), facial pain, jaw pain, tongue-tie, and discomfort brought on by braces. Since moving the teeth can often cause neck pain, jaw pain, or headaches, Dr. Barker and Dr. Gray will continue to evaluate the motion of the cranial bones and treat them if they become dysfunctional at any point in your oral appliance therapy care. We work alongside your dentist to optimize your treatment plan and alleviate any pain that may arise. If you're suffering from any pain in the face, jaw joints, or neck, or if you think you may have ankyloglossia, contact our office in Southlake, TX and the surrounding areas of Midland, and Odessa, TX and find out how our experienced team can restore your comfort and relieve your pain.
"We have had a great experience with Dr. Barker! Our newborn had a tongue and lip tie revised, and Dr. Barker worked with her to relieve restrictions. In three sessions, she has gone from a poor sleeper in constant discomfort to a happy, relaxed baby. He helped loosen up her tongue restrictions and she is nursing much better (and my pain is gone)! I highly recommend Dr. Barker."- K.P. / Google / Jun 24, 2020
"Dr. Barker has helped me turn my health around without the use of harmful medications. I was diagnosed with RA and didn't want to take the meds with horrible side effects. He has helped get my RA under control, I am off my cholesterol and blood pressure meds. He has helped with hormone treatment which has improved my life tremendously. And at the young age of 60 I feel fabulous thanks to Dr. Barker."- C.F. / Google / Feb 05, 2020
"Dr. Barker is a very friendly, thorough, and talented provider. I’m very satisfied with the pain relief I’ve experienced from his treatments."- L.C. / Google / Jan 05, 2020
"I brought my 3 month old son in to see Dr.Barker and I am ecstatic over how great he was with my son. He was very professional and informative. Since I had my baby he has been very uncomfortable with being in a car seat and I’m almost immune to him screaming when I put him in. Today was the first time that I put him in and he did not cry and actually fell asleep. I could cry from happiness. Thank you Dr. Barker!!!"- J.H. / Google / Nov 22, 2021
"She is the best doctor I ever had"- R.W. / Healthgrades / Sep 14, 2021
CANDIDATES FOR ORAL APPLIANCES
To find out if you're a candidate for oral appliance therapy, you will need to schedule a consultation at our Southlake, TX office. Some of the dental-related issues that we treat at Integrative Pain and Wellness Center with the use of oral appliances include ankyloglossia (tongue-tie), temporomandibular joint disorder, jaw pain, or facial pain. Once your condition has been diagnosed by a physical examination and backed up by x-rays, we will work with one of our skilled partner dentists to create customized appliances that will fit comfortably in your mouth for daytime or nighttime wear.
TYPES OF APPLIANCES
After your consultation to determine which appliance is right for you, Dr. Barker and Dr. Gray will refer you to one of his trusted partner dentists to create your mouthpiece. Currently, both doctors offer the ALF and the DNA appliances:
- The ALF (Advanced Light Force) appliance is an alternative to traditional braces. It was designed to align the dental arches, straighten teeth, and normalize tongue position and function.
- The DNA (Daytime Nighttime Appliance) Appliance® is a removable appliance that serves as an alternative to conventional braces. It is used to align teeth, improve facial development, and decrease temporomandibular joint (TMJ) issues.
ORAL SOLUTIONS FOR YOUR HEALTH
Our team understands that pain can come from anywhere. Since your discomfort is diverse, the staff at Integrative Pain and Wellness Center believes in offering a wide range of diverse and comprehensive solutions for your condition. Get in touch with our office in Southlake, TX to schedule an appointment with Dr. Barker or Dr. Gray, and find out how oral appliance therapy could be the solution to your discomfort.