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.
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.