Suffering From Vertigo? TMJ Could Be The Cause!

Are you suffering from  unexplained spells of spinning and dizziness? This is often referred to as vertigo and can affect an individuals ability to drive, work, and go about normal daily activities. You may have even been referred to an ENT medical specialist  that has run numerous tests and determined that your ears are fine. If this is the case your vertigo (dizziness) may be caused from inflammation in the  Temporomandibular Joint.

This disorder is called TMJ and causes inflammation of the jaw joint many times affecting the middle or inner ear.  The middle ear contains the vestibular nerve and other important parts that are responsible for maintaining the body’s sense of balance. This situation is treatable and the symptoms can be reversed in the care of a dentist with experience treating TMJ. We have had a very high rate of success treating these cases using neuromuscular dentistry.  This type of dentistry uses specific techniques and equipment  to place the lower jaw in a more forward and downward position in relation to the ear canal, relieving the pressure to these areas of the ear. Once this position is found an orthotic (bite splint) is fabricated for the patient. They are to wear this orthotic for a period of months and after a period of time the symptoms should subside.

In conjunction with the neuromuscular approach to treating TMJ, there are several things that you can do to help with your symptoms. Vitamin supplements such as Vitamin A, C, E, and Zinc may provide some relief of pain associated with TMJ.

Reducing stress can certainly help. Stress is a significant contributor to TMJ related issues due to the clenching and grinding that one does when they are under chronic stress.

Seeking out a massage therapist that is trained in relaxing the TMJ can be very beneficial, especially times when the pain or dizziness is severe.

Finally, when these sudden episodes of dizziness occur try to lay down in a dark quiet room and focus on deep breaths until  it subsides.

Following these tips and seeking out a well trained neuromuscular dentist may be your answer to relieving your frustrating experiences with vertigo.  If you have any questions please contact our office at 832-610-3123.  We serve The Woodlands, Houston, Kingwood, and Conroe areas.

Dr. Scott Young, DDS

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