We recognize each patient as a unique individual
Our goal is to provide pain relief and proper structure to allow our patients to breathe, sleep, heal and live a quality life.
Proper Diagnosis and Emphasis on Origin is Key to Successful Treatment
There are 50 TMJ & Sleep Therapy Centres serve patients across the globe. We are committed to providing the highest level of care without surgery.
We understand the structural needs required for pain relief, proper structural (facial, jaw) development, and for proper breathing to obtain quality, life sustaining sleep. We provide comprehensive evaluations using the latest technologies to properly diagnose the root cause of a patient’s pain and to direct appropriate treatments. We also, work closely with Certified Sleep Physician’s in obtaining proper diagnoses.
The most important step in Dr. Tammy’s treatment is an examination that leads to the proper diagnosis. Dr. Tammy completes a thorough examination by evaluating structural injuries, systemic inflammatory conditions, and breathing obstructions. The goals in treatment are to rehabilitate injured structures, restore orthopedic function, and improve symptoms with long-term stabilization – a structural and functional approach. There is a co-morbitiy between temporomadibular joint dysfunction, headaches, sleep, and breathing. All must be evaluated and addressed in order to achieve the maximum result.
Diagnosis and Treatment
A proper diagnosis that uncovers the origin of the problem is essential to effective treatment. Identifying the origin often provides the answers to questions patients have spent months or years trying to find. This information provides relief to patients in pain and needing help.
Our technique in providing the proper diagnosis comes from our comprehensive evaluation. We extensively review your medical history and complaints, and complete a thorough head and neck evaluation using state of the art technology. Based on this diagnosis, we are able to treatment plan a non-surgical rehabilitation unique to each individual patient.
Our treatment plans include one or more of the following:
- Non-surgical rehabilitation
- Oral appliance therapy (designed to decompress areas of stress and inflammation)
- Physical therapy (cold laser therapy, trigger point therapy, and prolotherapy)
- Nutritional counseling
- Multi-disciplinary referrals
Sleep Apnea Diagnosis:
A diagnosis for sleep apnea must be made by a physician after a sleep test is conducted. There are two types of sleep tests:
1. Polysomnogram – in lab sleep study monitored by a technician. This test provides the most accuracy for diagnosis.
2. Home sleep Study – most comfortable because it is done in the comfort of the patient’s home.
Although an in lab sleep study is the most accurate, some insurances request a home sleep study first because of its affordability and accuracy.
Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) – most common and the standard in treating sleep apnea. Indicated for severe apnea
Oral appliance therapy – indicated mild/moderate sleep apnea or patients intolerant to the cPap machine. Benefits include easy to wear, easy to travel. Easy to clean.
Oral appliance and CPAP can be combined for optimal breathing as determined by a follow-up sleep study as well as patient symptoms.