Dr. Norman Thie

Practice of Oral Medicine

 

Limited to:

TMD/Accident Injury Claims/Dental Sleep Apnea

Suite 301, 2603 Hewes Way
Edmonton AB T6L 6W6

Located within Align Orthodontics
Phone: 780.485.5574
Fax: 780.461.3895

  

Therapy

  

Splint Appliance Therapy

One of the treatments for a temporomandibular joint disorder is splint appliance therapy. For more information on this form of treatment, please refer to the “Patient Education” drop down menu for an article on Splint Appliance Therapy.

Myofascial Pain and Local Anesthetic Trigger Point Injections

Myofascial pain is a specific muscle pain diagnosis that can create pain symptoms that can include jaw joint area pain, tooth pain and headache. For more detailed information on this form of muscle pain, please refer to the "Patient Education” drop down menu for more details and Dr. Norman Thie’s publication "Myofacial Pain March 2009" published for the Journal of the Canadian Dental Association.

Temporomandibular Joint Steroid Injections

Unfortunately the temporomandibular joint can be affected by degenerative processes like osteoarthritis. In very rare circumstances steroid injections may be required for pain control. Please note: multiple injections are not recommended since this may be harmful to the structures of the joint. Therefore, anti-inflammatory injections in the TMJ are used in only selected cases.

Dental Treatment for Snoring/Sleep Apnea

Snoring can seriously affect quality of life - both for the person who snores and for their sleep mate. Obstructive sleep apnea occurs when the airway completely collapses and blocks the airflow into the lungs. Untreated sleep apnea has been linked to many health disorders. The Sleep Apnea Appliance holds the lower jaw in a forward position so that it does not shift or fall open during the night. This prevents the airway from collapsing. For more information on Dental Treatment for Sleep Apnea and Snoring, please refer to the “Patient Education” drop down menu for more details and Dr. Norman Thie's article "Snoring - When it's more than Annoying" published for the Family Health magazine.