TMJ treatmentDr. Nelson Can Help You with TMJ Issues

In the course of his daily orthodontic practice, Dr. Nelson noticed an increase in the patients coming in looking for relief from TMJ or Craniofacial pain, and requests for oral sleep appliances. There were really no good resources for help for patients, so Dr. Nelson enrolled in and completed a residency program to learn how to treat TMJ and craniofacial pain. He has also completed a certification program to treat sleep disorders. He has implemented these modalities into his practice and is delighted to be able to help patients become pain free and healthy.

TMJ and craniofacial pain typically result from jaw para-function, bite discrepancy or damage to the jaw joint and can be very painful. Jaw locking, clicking, facial pain and headaches are common symptoms of problems with the temporomandibular joint (TMJ). Physicians are often unsure how to effectively treat the pain and unclear how to correct the problem. Since orthodontists are focused on the jaw, bite, and teeth, it makes perfect sense for them to treat all of the related issues.

Dr. Nelson is one of only a handful of orthodontists in the area qualified to treat these areas in addition to doing braces and creating beautiful smiles.

Dr. Nelson received his diplomat status in TMJ/sleep apnea from the American Academy of craniofacial pain August 2014. The AACFP is a highly regarded association of dentists and doctors with an interest in craniofacial pain and dysfunction The American Academy of Craniofacial Pain is committed to the relief of craniofacial pain, temporomandibular disorders and dental sleep related disorders and supporting the advancement of education and research.


While headaches are typically treated by your physician, improper occlusion (your bite), unbalanced posture, muscle trigger points, TMJ internal derangements may play a significant role in certain types of headaches as well as other head and neck pain.

Headaches, clicking jaw, jaw locking, malocclusion (misalignment of teeth), and jaw joint disc dislocations and disc displacement are all associated with TMD ( Temporomandibular Joint Disorder). These symptoms often occur in patients with Sleep Disordered Breathing as well. Research in the journal SLEEP determined in 1993 that nocturnal headaches may be caused by temporomandibular joint disorder or triggered by Sleep Disordered Breathing.

The airway obstruction that causes Sleep Disordered Breathing doesn’t let enough oxygen get to the blood. If you can’t breathe in deeply or frequently enough, you cannot get a sufficient amount of oxygen. You also can not exhale all the carbon dioxide you’re supposed to. This is why many patients with sleep disordered breathing wake up with headaches.

Call our office today to make an appointment to see if Dr. Nelson can assist you with your discomfort from headaches!


Thank you Dr. Nelson and staff I was struggling with a very difficult case of TMJ when referred to Dr. Nelson. He and his staff were very aware of the special treatment I required and the outcome of my treatment was amazing. Thank you for all you’ve done. I don’t believe it is overstating the case to say you made a very positive improvement in my life.
– Karen R


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