Orofacial Pain Treatment | Endicott, NY

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Orofacial pain refers to any that is associated with both hard and soft tissue of the head, neck and face. Most of all Orofacial pain derived from an infection , auto-immune disorder, and /or tumor, all of which needs to be rule out to properly treat the patient.

Neuralgia

Neuralgia refers to constant pain following an extraction, root canal treatment, or any surgical procedure that has not responded to conventional treatment.

TMJ Pain

TMJ Pain refers to pain that is located at the side of the face where the jaw and cranium join.

  • Does your jaw lock up in the morning upon awakening?
  • Can not close or open your jaw after yawning?
  • Is there clicking or scratching noises when you open or close jaw?
  • Have or develop pain on the side of the jaw?

Sleep Apnea

Sleep Apnea is when during sleep a person either breathes shallow or has long pauses between breathes that causes poor sleep. Sleep Apnea can be treated using the right methods.

Ask yourself...

  • Do you feel tired all the time?
  • Can you fall asleep within a few minutes while watching TV or at doze of at the steering wheel?
  • Do you snore?
    Do you wake up during night to gasp for air?
Obstructive Sleep Apnea is a serious medical condition which can cause thickening of the arteries by way of endothelial dysfunction that must be diagnosed by a physician.. Diagnosis is based on the results of an overnight sleep study called Polysomnogram(PSG), along with a patient evaluation and history.

Sleep Apnea treatment options:

  • Weight loss
  • Good sleep hygiene
  • CPAP (Continuous Airway Pressure)
  • Oral Appliance Therapy (mild-moderate OSA)
  • Surgery

Oral Appliance Therapy:

If you have moderate to severe OSA an initial trial with a nasal CPAP is necessary due to its greater effectiveness then an oral appliance.

If you can not tolerate or refuse to use your CPAP and with the release from your physician an oral appliance can be an effective way to treat sleep apnea.

Oral Appliance:

Your appliance is a devise that is worn in the mouth, similar to an orthodontic retainer or mouthguard.

This appliance will try to prevent closure of your soft tissue in the back of the throat keeping airway open.

There are many types of oral appliances available.

Headache

There have been many advances in the diagnosis and treatment of headaches over the past decade. Dr. Ramos is trained and certified to recognized Orofacial Pain headaches. Dr. Ramos is able to stay abreast of the latest advances in this field though his involvement with the American Academy of Orofacial Pain.

As a dentist, Dr. Ramos is not permitted to treat headaches that do not have any Orofacial manifestations. Dr .Ramos will then refer the patient to a physician who specializes in headaches when there are no Orofacial symptoms. Many times headaches can mimic TMD or toothaches. This is the reason that Dr. Ramos feels that knowledge of these headache disorders is important.

Please remember neither the internet or books is a substitute for a full evaluation by a physician or Orofacial pain expert.

If you have any of the following symptoms accompanying a headache immediate attention is needed:

  • Numbness
  • Paralysis
  • Disorientation
  • Double vision
  • The Inability to talk
  • Experiencing a first, worst more intense or different kind of headache.
  • Headaches on one side of the face direct to eye region.
  • Headaches that last from a few minutes (15-30 min )to as many 20-30 times in a day for at least 2 or more days per one week.
  • Never had intense headaches prior to the age of 50 years of age.
  • Headaches you that wake you at the middle of night.