Fitbits

Does your fitbit app look like this?

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Keeping our bodies moving and exercising is important. As is what we eat. Most of us are looking for ways to be more fit and healthy and this current craze of Garmin’s, Leafs, jawbones and fitbits are doing just that.

They are a constant reminder to move our bodies and wrack up steps for the day. Calories in and calories out are very important for losing or maintaining a healthy weight.

Something the fitness gurus know that maybe you don’t is that proper sleep is just as important. So much so that many of the manufacturer s of these new devices have built in sleep monitors. Another great app out there for monitoring sleep is called snore lab. It’s available on iPhone and Android devices.

If any of these apps are showing that you are frequently restless or snoring you want to consider having a sleep test done. Poor sleep quality causes difficulty losing weight and increases your risk of injury due to an accident by 700%. If you’re thinking of putting it off for fear of trying to sleep in a lab with wires and people watching you look for a provider who offers home sleep tests. Some people don’t want to find out they have a problem because they don’t want to be prescribed a CPap machine but dentists are able to make oral appliances or perform laser procedures to reduce snoring and make your airway more resistant to collapsing shut. Do yourself a favor, if your Fitbit app looks like this have a sleep study.

Call our Sioux Falls Dental Office to make an appointment with a dentist who may be able to help you find out more about this topic, and improve your oral health.

How Trudenta Could Help You

How Trudenta can help with headaches and TMD pain

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The temporomandibular joint or TMJ is the joint that attaches your lower jaw to your head. It has a unique, sliding movement, unlike any other joint in your body. Because of this, it can easily shift out of position, causing pain and other symptoms including headaches.

When you have a problem with your TMJ, it results in a condition called temporomandibular joint dysfunction, or TMD. There are many treatments available, but most have limited or temporary effectiveness. Your dentists at Designer Dentistry & Smiles in Sioux Falls, South Dakota want to introduce you to a much more permanent, effective treatment option; it’s called Trudenta.

Trudenta uses revolutionary new T-Scan technology to assess your jaw and tooth alignment to find out any imbalances in movement. Trudenta creates a complex 3-D digital model of your jaw forces and how they move together. Your dentists at Designer Dentistry & Smiles use this information along with a comprehensive examination to treat your TMD and these accompanying symptoms:

  • Headaches
  • Facial pain
  • Excessive, uneven tooth wear
  • Damage and breakage to your teeth
  • Neck and jaw pain
  • Clicking, popping or locking of your jaw when you chew
  • Ringing in your ears, also called tinnitus

Your dentists in Sioux Falls, SD begin your Trudenta treatment with a questionnaire, detailing your symptoms and concerns. The questionnaire also covers your dental history and any factors or causes relevant to your pain. For a downloadable, printable copy of the questionnaire you can fill out ahead of your appointment, please visit http://www.ilovemydds.com/trudenta.html

Your Trudenta examination uses complex measurements to calculate the force imbalances in your mouth from your muscles and tendons, on a tooth-by-tooth basis. Using these measurements, your dentists at Designer Dentistry & Smiles will form a treatment plan consisting of ultrasound, light therapy, electrical stimulation and muscle manipulation to rebalance your muscles and create free, painless movement. You will also be provided with a set of exercises and an orthotic to wear temporarily as your treatment works to heal you.

If you suffer from TMD or headache pain, it’s time to try a more permanent solution. It’s time to try Trudenta, the needle-free, pain-free and drug-free treatment system to relieve your TMD symptoms. For more information, including frequently asked questions about Trudenta, or Call our Sioux Falls Dental Office to make an appointment with a dentist who may be able to help you find out more about this topic, and improve your oral health.

How Can Mending TMJ Solve Your Headache Woes?

The headaches associated with TMJ can be treated with one or more of these solutions.tmj

Do you experience frequent headaches? If other causes have been ruled out, you may be suffering from temporomandibular joint dysfunction. Often abbreviated to TMJ, this jaw misalignment causes pain in the jaw, neck and head; it can be so severe that it disrupts your daily life. Dr. Nichole Cauwels and Dr. Kendra Zuercher, dentists at Designer Dentistry & Smiles in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, offer some of their suggestions for helping to relieve the headaches caused by TMJ.

Heat and ice is helpful

Applying moist heat from hot water bottle can decrease pain and help return some of your jaw’s mobility. Wrapping an ice packs in a clean cloth and placing it on your jaw can also help cut some of the pain associated with TMJ headaches. A word of advice from your Sioux Falls dentists: don’t overheat the hot water, and ice packs should only be placed against the skin for 10 to 15 minutes at a time, and never without a barrier between ice and skin.

Small doses of medication

Many health professionals, including your Sioux Falls dentist, recommend trying a low dosage of over-the-counter analgesic to alleviate headaches. If the standard medications – aspirin, ibuprofen or acetaminophen – aren’t helping, talk to Dr. Caulwels or Dr. Zuercher about some other options. They will be able to work with you to find an effective headache solution at your Sioux Falls pharmacy.

Relaxation can bring relief

Clenching the jaw may become a habitual action for TMJ sufferers. However, to lessen your headaches, your Sioux Falls dentist recommends consciously keeping your upper and lower teeth separated by relaxing your facial muscles. You may need some practice before this becomes a habit. Relaxation methods, such as controlled breathing or meditation, can also help you release tension.

If you think your headaches might be stemming from TMJ, Call our Sioux Falls Dental Office to make an appointment with your Sioux Falls dentists at Designer Dentistry & Smiles about an evaluation and personalized treatment options.

Headache Help

Our team is passionate about dental care and we are always looking for new ways to serve our patients’ needs.  One concern we seem to see a lot is patients who have jaw joint pain, soreness, clicking or headaches.  Problem or dysfunction in the jaw joints is incredibly common but until recently one of our only treatment options was a night guard to help reduce night grinding.  While this may work for som epeople we found it just wasn’t enough for our serious headache sufferers.  In search of a better answer our team recently traveled to LasVegas for some training wth TruDenta!

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TruDenta lets us offer our patients state of the art therapy to reduce pain and headaches caused by dysfunction of muscles in the head and neck and imbalance in the teeth and jaw. We use state of the art techniques and equipment to bring balance back to your dental foundation and rehabilitate the sore, tired, overworked muscles of your head and neck. If you or someone you know suffers from headaches or jaw pain and you feel like you’ve tried everything, schedule a consult with us and we’ll do our best to help!

Call our Sioux Falls Dental Office to make an appointment with a dentist who may be able to help you find out more about this topic, and improve your oral health.