Corpus Christi Sleep Apnea Dentistry, TMJ, and Performance Enhancing Mouthguards
Dr. Don Lowrance
Are you troubled by constant headaches, neck pain, or ringing in the ears? Are you waking up in the morning feeling unrested? Do you feel you aren’t reaching your full potential as an athlete? The secret cause of all these problems could be your jaw.
Our bodies are amazing machines, and some of the most amazing parts of our bodies are the systems created by nerves, muscle, and bone. One of the most intricate of these systems is the neuromuscular system that ties our jaw to the rest of our bodies. The neuromuscular functionality of our bite affects more of our overall neuromuscular health and well-being than we understand even with today’s amazing technology.
Dr. Don Lowrance has been practicing dentistry since 1975 and he has focused on neuromuscular dentistry as the area of dentistry that he is most passionate about. Neuromuscular dentistry is the practice of addressing dental health as essential of the overall neuromuscular and physical health of the patient. Dr. Lowrance has the training and equipment to treat neuromuscular problems, but for the diagnosis of sleep apnea, he relies on the expertise of trained physicians.
Contact Dr. Lowrance if you’re interested in any of these areas of neuromuscular dentistry:
A poorly configured airway can lead to obstructive sleep apnea. According to the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine, approximately 18 million Americans suffer from obstructive sleep apnea as of September 2009. Many people think of sleep apnea as a sort of pseudo-ailment that amounts to little more than a poor night’s sleep combined with the nuisance of snoring. In reality, sleep apnea can cause problems ranging from sexual dysfunction to heart failure. It is a potentially life threatening condition that should be treated seriously. Dr. Lowrance is trained in the treatment of sleep apnea, but he does not diagnose the condition. Because the jaw is the primary bone that supports the airway, a bite appliance can be used to treat sleep apnea. Read more about sleep apnea.
A neuromuscular bite imbalance can also have painful consequences in the temporomandibular joint (TMJ), the complex joint that connects your lower jaw (the mandible) with your skull. Temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD or commonly referred to as simply TMJ) can cause a whole host of symptoms of imbalance such as headaches, ringing in the ears, and jaw pain to name a few. Dr. Lowrance enjoys being able to help people rid themselves of what can be crippling problems as a result of TMJ. Read more about TMJ therapy.
Performance Enhancing Mouthguards
One of the most advanced applications of neuromuscular dentistry is the ability to enhance athletic performance through neuromuscular mouthguards. Sports mouthguards built on neuromuscular principles do not give an athlete unnatural ability like steroids do. Rather, the sports mouthguards that Dr. Lowrance provides unlock the innate athletic potential that may be inhibited by a misaligned temporomandibular joint. Read more about performance enhancing mouthguards made with neuromuscular dentistry.
If you live in the Corpus Christi area, contact Dr. Lowrance’s office at (361) 851-8274 for a consultation.
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