Welcome to the website of Honolulu Sleep Apnea, TMJ, Orthodontic Dentist, Keri Do, DDS
Welcome to our practice! More than 10 million Americans suffer from Temporomandibular Disorder (TMD or commonly referred to as TMJ) and may not know it or how to receive treatment for it. We focus on treating facial and unexplained jaw pain that may be affecting your everyday life resulting from TMJ. We are the only practice that does Cone Beam Cat Scan (CBCT) of your jaw joint (TMJ) in our diagnosis. This is like telling you that you have a cavity without taking x-rays. Many offices do not this and can only offer a dental appliance or splint. This is only treating the symptom and not the cause and you will be wearing that dental appliance for life. We have received advanced training in treating pain that most offices do not diagnose on a regular basis. If you feel that this describes you, give us a call!
We use state-of-the-art technology including a CT evaluation of your TMJ to determine if it's causing any pathology which can create jaw dysfunction, noises, dentofacial deformities, and especially pain or headaches. We also use the T-Scan® system by Tekscan which is a computerized bite analysis and is incredibly more precise than traditional methods. As a patient, you would only need to bite down on the sensor and it can calculate your bite force which is absolutely necessary to treat TMJ symptoms or begin large treatment procedures.
Our mission is to restore your lifestyle prior to having your condition and contributing to your overall health. TMJ problems can be linked to other health issues such as migraines, sleep apnea, ringing in our ears, and many others.
TMJ and Sleep Apnea Orthodontic Solutions
Treating sleep apnea with just an oral removable appliance is only a superficial solution. In order to fully resolve sleep apnea, we must treat the cause and not the symptoms. The main reason why a patient may have sleep apnea is that the teeth, the upper jaw, and the bottom jaw are retruded (pushed back into the face). With our background in TMJ, Sleep Apnea, and Cosmetic Dentistry, we apply orthodontics to align the jaw at the patient’s most naturally comfortable position. This promotes a healthy jaw joint, airway, and beautiful face. Once those are established, we can straighten the misaligned teeth all of which will complement each other for a captivating smile. We see so many cases where traditional orthodontic treatment did not evaluate how to establish a healthy TMJ, a functional airway, a beautiful facial profile, and a great smile. Traditional orthodontics that focuses solely on making teeth straight can result in that child maturing into an adult that ends up developing sleep apnea, a retruded face, headaches, TMJ pain, and clicking and locking joints.
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