Our Areas of Expertise

TMJ (Temporomandibular Joint)


The temporomandibular joint is the joint that connects your jawbone to your head. Unfortunately, this frequently used joint is a source of pain for many people. TMD (temporomandibular disorders) refers to the group of conditions that can cause jaw-related symptoms. Symptoms of TMD may include pain in the ear, jaw, face, and neck. Clicking, popping, and locking of the jaw are also common. Most people experience occasional symptoms of TMD that go away on their own, but between 5 and 10% of people require help from professionals like Dr. Burdette  in order to find relief.

Most cases of TMJ pain can be traced to either a muscle or joint-related problem. Tension is the most common cause of muscle-related TMJ problems and can result from stress, overuse, or bruxism (clenching and grinding of the teeth). Joint-related TMJ disorders may be caused by a dislocated disc in the jaw, inflammation of the joint, or arthritis. Other possible causes of TMD include traumatic injury and disease.

Unfortunately, there is not always a cure for TMJ problems. The good news is that treatment can help stop the pain and even keep it from returning. Additionally, in most cases of TMJ disorder, conservative treatment is the best option. Physical therapy, intraoral appliances, changes in behavior, and medication are the first line of treatment while surgery, orthodontics, and irreversible dental procedures are reserved for rare or more extreme cases. In any case, getting a thorough evaluation is the first step. If you suffer from TMD symptoms, please contact our office today!

 Orofacial Pain


If you suffer from orofacial pain, your life may be significantly impacted by your condition. Dr. Burdette understands how difficult it can be to live with chronic discomfort. They will work with you to find treatment options specifically suited to address your needs.

If you suffer from pain in your head, neck, face, jaw, ear, teeth, or tongue, you may have an orofacial pain disorder that needs treatment. Many types of disorders can contribute to orofacial pain – neuromuscular or neurovascular conditions, TMD, headache disorders, and sleep disorders are among them. Finding a combination of effective treatments for orofacial pain is a complex and individualized process. Dr. Burdette’s  extensive training and experience allows him to help you.

Medication, orthotics (such as mouth guards or splints), behavior modification, physical therapy, biofeedback, and psychotherapy may be used in various combinations to help alleviate pain and promote healing. Please contact us today to learn more about treatments for orofacial pain or to schedule a diagnostic appointment at our office.

Headaches


Most people get occasional headaches, but for others the problem is chronic and often disabling. There are several types of headaches that Dr. Burdette  and his staff can help treat. These include headaches related to orofacial pain disorders and tension headaches. Although there is no cure for headaches, medication and behavioral modifications can often help to limit their frequency and severity.

For some patients, learning about potential headache triggers and how to avoid them can help reduce and even prevent headaches. A psychotherpay referral may be indicated as part of the diagnostic workup. In addition, biofeedback and relaxation techniques can be useful. A psychiatric or psychological referral may be indicated if emotional factors are primary contributors or if the patient needs to learn stress management skills. Headaches related to orofacial pain need to be treated in conjunction with the disorder that causes them. Medication may be combined with orthotics, physical therapy, counseling, or other types of treatment depending on the cause of the patient's pain. Please contact us today to learn more about headache treatment.

Snoring, Sleep Apnea and Sleep Disorders


A good night’s rest is important for health and well-being, but snoring, sleep apnea, and other sleep disorders can be major hindrances to you and your partner’s sleep. Fortunately, there are effective treatments available for sleep disorders such as snoring and sleep apnea. Dr. Burdette has advanced training and knowledge in the treatment of these conditions.

Snoring can occur when the back of your throat and tongue partially block the passage of air from your nose or mouth to your lungs.  Rattling throat tissue causes the characteristic snoring sound as air tries to pass between it and the base of the tongue.

Sleep apnea can be a much more dangerous condition than simple snoring. If you have sleep apnea, your throat tissue actually blocks the air from passing through. In effect, you stop breathing multiple times each night. Each time this happens, you wake up (whether you are aware of it or not) and gasp for air. Sleep apnea can cause severe daytime drowsiness as a result of the major disturbance it causes in sleep, as well as cardiovascular problems if it continues untreated for years.  Sleep apnea can only be diagnosed with a sleep study.

There are several options Dr. Burdette may use to treat your snoring or sleep apnea. Lifestyle changes such as sleeping on your side, avoiding alcohol, and losing weight may be helpful in conjunction with snoring and sleep apnea treatment. Dr. Burdette may consult with your sleep physician to determine if your snoring or sleep apnea can be treated with an intraoral appliance that keeps the airway open while you sleep. This is a more conservative alternative to surgery or CPAP treatment. Please contact us today to learn more about snoring and sleep apnea treatments.

  

 


 

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