If you’re struggling with TMD pain, the last thing you want to do is sign up for an invasive procedure that will cause more pain. Some of the most powerful barriers to patients seeking treatment include cost and anxiety over invasive treatment plans. To support patients and remove these items from the equation, we focus our TMD patient care on promoting noninvasive treatment plans first.
Noninvasive treatment plans are easier on patients physically, but they’re also more budget-conscious. If you’re struggling with temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD), these treatment plans can help mitigate your symptoms without hurting your wallet:
TENS units treat pain via small impulses that prevent the nervous system from sending pain signals. In the case of TMD treatment, electrodes are affixed to a person’s jaw. In addition to preventing the transmission of pain signals, TENS units also stimulate the body to produce endorphins.
Myofunctional therapy is a personalized exercise program that strengthens and retrains your tongue and other muscles to correct incorrect muscle posture. By combining this with the TENS unit, practitioners can reduce pain and relax muscles and then retrain them to prevent the pain from returning.
Mouthguards and Invisalign are two of the more recognizable TMD treatment options. Both devices are wearable appliances that can guide teeth into more optimized positions and reduce strain on the mouth and jaw.
Noninvasive treatment options are great for a variety of reasons but are most often recommended when cases are diagnosed early. The best way to promote an easier treatment protocol is to contact our office sooner rather than later. Patients can schedule a consultation with Dr. Wallace by calling (843) 410-0345 or visiting our contact form to learn more about TMD.