1. Treatment available for people who grind their teeth

    6th May 2014 by thecourtyardclinic

    There are many different treatment options for people who grind their teeth, the symptoms can range from mild jaw pain up to severe chronic headaches.

    Anti-inflammatories can help with pain, while anti-anxiety drugs such as diazepam are effective muscle relaxants.
    Osteopaths, chiropractors and psychologists all use strategies to reduce tension in the head and neck area, as well as addressing underlying mental stress.

    The Bruxism Association recommends hypnotherapy, and some studies support its use. In 1991, a report in the American Journal of Clinical Hypnotherapy found it could reduce grinding noticeably, with results lasting for up to 36 months.
    According to some experts injecting Botox (botulinum toxin) into the masseter muscles of the jaw is also worth trying.

    The grinding itself can be prevented through use of a plastic device (called an occlusal splint), worn at night to protect teeth. If unconscious tooth-grinding occurs during the day, teaching the patient to be aware of it can break the cycle.

    Here at The Courtyard Clinic our dental experts are trained in establishing the cause of your tooth grinding and in the provision of treatment to cure it and protect your precious teeth.

    To find out more call Alison on 01932 582949

  2. Introducing the TMJ and Sleep Therapy Centre of London

    9th April 2014 by thecourtyardclinic

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    • Craniofacial pain – head and face
    • Headaches & migraines
    • TMJ Disorders
    • Sleep Apnoea/snoring
    • Paediatric sleep breathing disorders and OSA

    There is an answer for adults and children. With proper evaluation and diagnosis, the conditions of craniofacial pain, Sleep Apnoea and snoring can be successfully treated.
    TMJ and Sleep Therapy Centres are dedicated exclusively to the evaluation and treatment of these conditions. Our approach is comprehensive evaluation for proper diagnosis, and non-invasive treatment therapies. We provide successful results using state of the art technology and research based treatment in a caring and friendly environment. We recognize and treat each patient as a unique individual.

    Temporomandibular Disorders

    Temporomandibular Disorder or TMD is a condition caused by disturbances in the action of the jaw. Often jaw problems are?only a symptom, secondary to a greater problem affecting the body, much like a fever is secondary to the common flu. In the absence?of an acute injury to the head or face, the primary cause of jaw problems is frequently an unidentified sleep breathing issue: Sleep Apnoea or Obstructive Sleep Apnoea. Proper diagnosis and emphasis on origin rather than symptoms is key to successfully treating this disorder.

    Symptoms can include:

    Primary headaches – migraine, tension and cluster
    Pain in jaw joint?Facial,
    neck and back pain
    Jaw popping and clicking
    Restricted jaw opening
    Catching or locking of jaw Pain when chewing?
    Ear pain or ringing in the ears

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    Sleep Apnoea/snoring

    Sleep Apnoea is defined as the absence of breathing during sleep. A common reason for this medical condition is a poorly positioned jaw and/or tongue, which can lead to a blocked airway. There is a 70% overlap between snoring and Apnoea in adults and children. The American Association of Paediatrics ‘Patient Parameters’ recently stated that all children should be screened for snoring, and all children who snore should have a sleep study for evaluation of Apnoea, because of associated ADD/ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) and cardiovascular risks.

    Symptoms commonly linked to Sleep Apnoea:

    Snoring/frequent night time awakenings
    Excessive daytime sleepiness
    Morning headaches
    Heartburn and Gastro-oesophageal Reflux Disease (GORD)
    Children – ADD/ADHD, learning disabilities, bedwetting, teeth grinding, snoring

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    Related risk factors:
    High blood pressure, Heart attack,? Stroke?, Diabetes

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