St. Charles TMJ Therapy, Snoring and Sleep Apnea Appliances

 

  • do you wake up with a sore jaw or unexplained head pain? 
  • do you grind your teeth?
  • do you snore? or suddenly wake up at night?
  • are ear pain or headaches  a routine part of your day?
  • does your chilld wet their bed or have they been diagnosed with Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD)?

   These are all symptoms which can be related to a TMJ or sleep disordered breathing problem. The TMJ and Sleep Therapy Centre of Chicago will offer you an alternative to surgery or medication. Call us for an appointment!

TMJ and Sleep Therapy Centre of Chicago offers a full array of  services to help you eliminate chronic pain, reduce/eliminate snoring and to get a great night's sleep. Dr. Lynn Lipskis concentrates  on the treatment and long-term management of  TMD and sleep disordered breathing, and we pride ourselves in offering the latest technology and treatments available.On this page, we have highlighted some of our TMD and sleep disordered breathing services on this page.

  • TMJ therapy
  • Headache treatment
  • Undiagnosed chronic pain
  • Snoring appliances
  • Sleep Apnea appliances
  • Phase Two TMJ-Orthodontic Therapy
  • Specialty Dentures
  • Crown and bridge restorations

 

 

 

 

Initial Oral Examination

Your initial oral evaluation includes a detailed head and neck examination, computer jaw analysis, diagnosis and treatment recommendations. We will also take x-rays, which includes several views of your head, neck and TM joints. Photographs will be taken to record your posture and the condition of your teeth. This appointment takes about 90 minutes. Dr. Lipskis believes in educating her patients so they can make good decisions regarding their treatment. We also use computerized joint vibration analysis (JVA) to help make an accurate diagnosis.

Chronic Pain Diagnosis

Once Dr. Lipskis has completed your examination, she will review a comprehensive treatment plan for you and make sure that you understand your condition. Sometimes a screening home sleep study may be necessary for a comprehensive diagnosis.

TMD/Chronic Pain Therapy

Your non-invasive therapy will probably involve wearing a removable oral orthotic which will help to reposition your jaw in a 3D position which will help reduce muscle fatigue and pain. These appliances are worn for 10-12 weeks 24 hours per day. At the end of the 10-12 weeks, you will be weaned from wearing the daytime applianceand will be instructed to continue wearing the nighttime appliance. You will have biweekly visits to our office for physical medicine treatments which will aid the healing process.   80% of our patients successfully wean off their daytime appliance and then just come back for periodic visits to check and see how they are doing.If you are not able to wean off the daytime appliance, you will require a second phase of treatment which will make the corrected jaw position permanent .

Remember that follow-up appointments are important to ensure long term success. We recommend six month evaluations to monitor your progress and help to prevent a reoccurence.

Snoring Appliances

If the determination has been made by your physician that you simply snore and do not have sleep apnea, we can help reduce or eliminate the annoying noise which can be disruptive to your sleep or the sleep of your bed partner.

Dr. Lipskis has had great success when addressing nighttime snoring. She believes in continued monitoring of your condition to make sure that your appliance fits properly and that your condition has not changed.

Oral Devices to Address Obstructive Sleep Apnea

Once you have a diagnosis of Obstructive Sleep Apnea from your physician, Dr. Lipskis will work closely with you and  your physician to address your apnea problem.There are many FDA approved oral appliances to address sleep apnea. Dr. Lipskis will work with you to determine which device will provide the best result for you.

We use modern technology to help us evaluate your condition and monitor your treatment progress such as:  pharyngometry and home screening sleep studies.

Oral Appliance Therapy is usually recommended for mild to moderate OSA (Obstructive Sleep Apnea). If you have had a sleep study and your AHI (number of times your stop breathing per hour) is 6-30, an oral appliance (OAT) is probably a good solution to your problem. Severe apnea (AHI greater than 30) is normally addressed with CPAP, AutoPAP or BIPAP therapy. We do treat people with severe apnea who are CPAP intolerant with excellent results. If you are CPAP intolerant, we may be able to improve your condition to minimize your symptoms.

Some of the appliances we commonly use are: EMA; Oasys; Somnodent and Full Breath appliances. These appliances are kind to your TMJ and are very effective at controlling the apneic events. It is important not to cause trauma to the TMJ which can then result in a whole different set of symptoms.

Phase Two TMJ-Orthodontic Therapy

Approximately  10% of our TMD patients are not able to wean off of their daytime appliance without a return of symptoms. In that situation, we recommend Phase Two treatment which makes the corrected jaw position permanent. This can be accomplished in one of several ways: orthodontics, a removable bite restorer, crown and bridge restorations and specialty dentures. 

The advantage of Phase Two orthodontic treatment is that you end up with a beautiful smile and greatly improved function. Our patients often comment on how much better they are able to breathe through their nose or how many compliments they receive after finishing their ortho treatment.

Specialty Dentures

If you have lost a lot or all of your teeth, it may be contributing to a TMJproblem. Dr. Lipskis can help you feel and look better by providing dentures which will re-establish a corrected 3D jaw positon for a long term solution to your pain issues.

Crown and Bridges Restorations

Crowns are synthetic caps, usually made of a material like porcelain, placed on the top of a tooth. Crowns are typically used to restore a tooth's function and appearance following a restorative procedure such as a root canal. When decay in a tooth has become so advanced that large portions of the tooth must be removed, crowns are often used to restore the tooth. Our Phase Two patients sometimes will opt for crowns and bridges to maintain their corrected jaw positions for the long term.

Implants

Implants are synthetic structures that are placed in the area of the tooth normally occupied by the root. Implants are anchored to the jawbone or metal framework on the bone and act as a foundation for an artificial tooth or permanent bridge. In some cases, implants can be used to attach dentures. If you are undergoing a full mouth reconstruction including implants, we can help to make sure that the new jaw position will be beneficial to your TMJ. 

Toothaches

Simple toothaches are most often the result of an issue with a tooth- it is a localized problem. Sometimes, vague tooth pain can be the result of "referred pain" from muscles distant from the teeth. One of these muscles is the masseter which acts to close/clench your jaw. Another muscle in your back/neck, the trapezius, can cause similar symptoms. If you have tooth pain which cannot be explained by your dentist, consider calling Dr. Lipskis for an opinion.

TMJ & Sleep Therapy Centre

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15 North Sixth Avenue
St. Charles , IL 60174
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Lynn Lipskis, DDS

Dr. Lynn Lipskis suffered from symptoms related to her TMD condition for fifteen years until she had graduated from dental school and embarked upon a journey to find an answer to this problem.

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