TMJ/Sleep Apnea

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People do not immediately consider some conditions to be best treated by their dentist. Dr. Alkhoury, however, cares for not only the health and beauty of your smile, but can also help you deal with challenging issues such as TMJ disorder or sleep apnea.

In our Brentwood CA practice, we provide excellent care to those with TMJ disorder. Here, your dentist will carefully evaluate the symptoms you are experiencing. Recognizing when the temporomandibular joints, which are located at the back of the jawbone, have become dysfunctional, is the key to getting the care you need. Some of the common signs include:

  • Clicking, popping sounds in the jaw
  • Jaw pain
  • Discomfort when chewing
  • Neck pain
  • Headaches

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When treating TMJ disorder, your dentist will look for possible causes of the condition, such as misalignment of bite. To aid in the diagnosis of TMJ disorder, we use JVA (jaw vibration analysis), as well as CBCT cat-scan. A custom-made oral appliance, created in our Brentwood CA practice, is often the exact approach that gets the results you need. Other modalities available include cold laser therapy for joint, neck, shoulder, and lower back pain, prolo therapy, and a compound therapeutic ointment designed by Dr. Alkhoury. If you suspect that you may have TMJ disorder, contact our office to schedule your one-on-one consultation with Dr. Alkhoury.

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Brentwood Family Dental, Dr. Jamil Alkhoury, 5 star review by Audrey T. "Dr Alkhoury is wonderful! He took great care of my 5 year old daughter. He and his assistant made my daughter feel very comfortable. She is wanting to come back to the dentist for her next check up already. Highly recommend! They are the best at Brentwood Family Dental. Thank you Dr Alkhoury!!!"
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Brentwood Family Dental, Dr. Jamil Alkhoury, 5 star review by Audrey T. "Dr Alkhoury is a true artist. Brentwood Family Dental has it all! One stop from implants, Ortho, cosmetic and children’s dentistry. All his staff it’s awesome! Best of Brentwood #1"
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Brentwood Family Dental, Dr. Jamil Alkhoury, 5 star review by Audrey T. "I would recommend Dr. Alkhoury to everyone I know. I’ve always had issues with my teeth and getting numb. That definitely is not the case with Dr.Alkhoury. I instantly got numb with no pain at all. He is very professional and very good at what he does. The staff is always great there as well. It is an overall great office and a good experience"
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Brentwood Family Dental, Dr. Jamil Alkhoury, 5 star review by Audrey T. "Excellent service. I've been coming to Dr Alkhoury since 2002 and my experience here has been above and beyond. If you want good service, I definitely recommend Dr Alkhoury."
Brentwood CA TMJ Dentist - TMJ/Sleep Apnea Patient testimonials video 35 Obstructive sleep apnea is another common condition from which patients find relief from their dentist. This sleep disorder is associated with loud, chronic snoring - the kind that might keep housemates awake. The challenge is not in treating sleep apnea in our Brentwood CA practice, it is in getting that first diagnosis. Many people who suffer from this condition are unaware of what is occurring while they sleep. Not only do we conduct our own sleep studies for obstructive sleep apnea, certified by Board Certified sleep physician for OSA scoring and diagnosis, we provide an alternative treatment that is effective and comfortable.

Brentwood CA TMJ Dentist - TMJ/Sleep Apnea Patient testimonials video 7 The obstructive form of sleep apnea is a condition in which the airway becomes blocked as the surrounding muscles fully relax in sleep. Due to the lack of oxygen, the brain responds by rousing sleep, but only enough to prompt breathing to resume. Although these episodes may occur hundreds of times in a night, it is quite possible that the person affected by sleep apnea will not become aware of the severity of his or her condition on their own. In our Brentwood CA practice, we take an approach to sleep apnea that is different from the standard medical approach, the CPAP machine. Where a CPAP machine keeps the airway open by constantly delivering air via nasal prongs or a device that covers the nose, our Medibyte oral airway appliance places the jaw in the proper position to maintain optimal airflow comfortably and without complication. This device is easy to use, and can be taken home immediately after we demonstrate how to use it.

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Both TMJ disorder and sleep apnea are conditions that could worsen if not treated properly. Dr. Alkhoury has received the advanced training necessary to diagnose and treat TMJ and obstructive sleep apnea using therapeutic approaches that produce results. Return to your best state of health working with Dr. Alkhoury in the treatment of your condition.
These video testimonials are from actual patients treated by Dr. Alkhoury after their consent to display their testimonials , results are not the same and may vary.

What is TMJ/TMD? Ask Dr. Jamil Alkhoury - Dr. Jamil Alkhoury

Dr. Jamil Alkhoury from TMJ & Sleep Therapy Centre of San Francisco, CA explains what is TMJ and TMD. He also explains what course for the TMJ. If you are having a Jaw pain then Dr. Jamil Alkhoury is the one who you need to see Dr. Jamil Alkhoury at TMJ & Sleep Therapy Centre for solutions.
Transcript

What is TMJ & TMD?

TMJ is Temporomandibular joint and TMD is Temporomandibular joint disorder. Therefore everybody has TMJ that is how we open and close our mouth. TMD is the disorder with TMJ.

How is the jaw joint different to other joints?

The jaw joint is the most forgotten joint in the body. Everybody cares for their knees, elbows and neck but when it comes to jaw joints, they only seek treatment when they cannot open their mouth or when they really have severe jaw pain.

It is a very tricky joint as it is the only joint that does two different movements, rotation, and translation. No other joint in the body has that capability.

What causes TMD?

It depends you have to discern the cause, what is going on with the joints and why the joints are not aligned.
Most of the facts and causes we see are due to disc displacement.

This could be due to laceration or laxity of the ligaments the discs start beginning to get unstable and start moving out of place. You start hearing the clicking popping sounds that may be accompanied by pain or maybe not.

Jaw joint disorder is a very tricky one as it goes through a lot of stages and it changes its symptoms and manifestations all throughout.

Does it go undetected?

You can have a jaw issue and live with it for years and it goes undiscovered. And you only seek treatment because you either cannot chew anymore or you are having ear pain.

Dr. Alkhoury’s office is equipped with the latest technologies to further diagnose TMJ problems, direct non-surgical treatment, and monitor treatment progress for maximum results. Consult him today.
Dr. Jamil Alkhoury

Dr. Jamil Alkhoury

Dr Jamil Alkhoury believes dentists to be artists. Taking care of another person’s teeth is definitely an art in which Dr Jamil Alkhoury is an expert. Having graduated from University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) with a degree in Advanced Education in General Dentistry, he has always focused on the well-being of his patients. Brentwood family dental headed by Dr Jamil Alkhoury offers a wide range of services. He always keeps in touch with the developments in the field, to serve his purpose to the best of his abilities.

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