Denver TMJ and sleep apnea dentist, Dr. Kevin Berry has the education and experience to treat dental patients who are suffering from a variety of conditions and symptoms. Dr. Berry has made his name known as a trusted and highly professional TMJ dentist in Denver. From the diagnosis of TMJ disorder to treatment and even second opinions and re-treatment for those who have experienced a lack of success past efforts to treat their TMJ problems, Dr. Berry is your go to TMJ dentist in Denver.
If you suffer from jaw pain, bruxism, constant headaches, and/or other uncomfortable symptoms of TMJ, Dr. Berry will be able to thoroughly examine your mouth and jaw to see if your temporomandibular joint is the cause of your pain. If you are in fact suffering from TMD, Dr. Berry will be able to locate the main source of the problem and treat it as necessary so that you no longer experience any sort of aches or pains related to your bite. Dr. Berry will never treat just the symptoms as he knows the true importance of realigning the TMJ. As a TMJ dentist in Denver with skills as a neuromuscular dentist, he will be able to diagnose and treat your disorder properly!
Are You A Constant Snorer Who Always Wakes Up Tired and Unrested?
Sleep Apnea May Be The Culprit
If you believe you may be suffering from sleep apnea, it’s important to consult a sleep apnea dentist in Denver such as Dr. Berry. Though he will not be able to diagnose you with apnea, he can help you obtain a reliable diagnosis and present you with treatment options.
Dr. Kevin Berry:
- University of Denver School of Dental Medicine (Graduated with DDS degree in 1999)
- Las Vegas Institute for Advanced Dental Studies (on-going)
- American Dental Association (member)
- Colorado Dental Association (member)
- Metro Denver Dental Society (member)
- Greenwood Village Chamber of Commerce (member)
- ICCMO-International College of Cranio-Mandibular Orthopedics (member)
- American Academy of Sleep Medicine (member)
- American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine (member)
- American Academy of Craniofacial Pain
- American Academy of Orofacial Pain
- American Headache Society
Come to Dr. Berry for Your Most Complex Dental Needs!
If you’re looking for TMJ help or if you’re looking for effective treatment in Denver, to help you sleep safer at night, or need a neuromuscular mouthguard, you can always come to Dr. Berry at our Denver office. Making an appointment is simple. All you need to do is call (303) 691-0267 or you can contact us online. No matter if you’re a new patient or one who has been with Dr. Berry for years, we always warmly welcome everyone who walks through our doors!
How to Choose a TMJ Dentist
If you are suffering from TMJ symptoms, it may seem like relief is impossible. TMJ dentists, though, are specifically trained to help people with TMJ, and the right one can give you quick, long-lasting relief. The problem is that the wrong TMJ dentist may do nothing but take your money, or, worse, do more harm than good.
Here are some tips for choosing the best TMJ dentist for you.
TMJ dentists don’t learn their craft in dental school. If TMJ problems are covered in most standard dental programs, it’s a very cursory treatment. That means that the right TMJ dentist has training at a postgraduate institution that teaches these skills. The treatment of TMJ is usually classified as neuromuscular dentistry, but sometimes it’s described as craniofacial pain treatment, or different variations on these names.
Check a dentist’s website for the schools where they say they’ve gotten training. Then go to those schools and check that they really have gotten the training they claim.
Certifications, Accreditations, and Memberships
The next step up from training is actually getting certifications or accreditations. This means that they haven’t just taken courses, they’ve completed programs and the institution is prepared to stake their reputation that they’ve attained certain skills.
Membership in professional organizations usually comes with certain restrictions. Typically, dentists have to have demonstrated certain skills, and they usually have to live up to certain ethical standards to maintain their membership in good standing. You can usually find this information on the organizations, and confirm that the TMJ dentist is a member in good standing.
Of course, all the training in the world won’t do you any good if the TMJ dentist is incapable of turning that training into actual results for patients. Look on a dentist’s website for case studies, before and after galleries, and more.
Because of confidentiality agreements and concerns about patient privacy, not all dentists will put these on the website. If you don’t see any on the website, make sure you ask for them during a consultation with the TMJ dentist. Also, a TMJ dentist likely maintains good relationships with his patients and should be able to refer you to a few that are willing to talk to you about their TMJ experience.
You are likely going to working with your TMJ dentist for a prolonged period of time. Although you can achieve relief very quickly that will last, getting long-term or permanent relief may mean long treatments, perhaps a year or more. And even if you opt for a conservative treatment like a bite splint, you will still want to come in regularly if your bite splint wears out or gets lost. Select a TMJ dentist you like and can work with.
Trust is a vital part of your relationship with your TMJ dentist. You need to feel completely comfortable with their recommendations and instructions. After all, your health is in their hands. If you can’t trust them with that, they’re not the right TMJ dentist for you. This comes down to a
What Is a Sleep Dentist?
This is actually a difficult question to answer because there are really two different answers. The first answer you will find most of on Google is actually the wrong answer. Although the term “sleep dentist” is commonly used to describe a dentist with training in sedation dentistry, it’s a misnomer. With sedation dentistry, you rarely sleep, but normally are in a state of conscious sedation where you are (sometimes very) relaxed, but are aware of what’s going on around you and can respond to questions and directions, although you may not remember much of what happened. In fact, many so-called sleep dentists are at great pains to explain to you that you won’t actually be asleep.
The more correct answer is that a sleep dentist is a dentist trained in dental sleep medicine or sleep dentistry.
A great deal of a sleep dentist’s work comes in the form of education. People have to understand that snoring isn’t just a nuisance, it’s a harmful condition in itself and is also a sign that you may have sleep apnea, a potentially deadly condition in which your breathing stops at night, forcing you to awaken partly in order to resume airflow and causing an adverse response in your cardiovascular system.
The primary treatment for sleep apnea, CPAP, although very effective, has a serious drawback: it is not well tolerated by many people. As a result, many sleep apnea sufferers go untreated, putting themselves at risk for many deadly conditions, including heart attack, stroke, heart failure, end stage renal disease, and diabetes. And they’re putting others at risk, because people with sleep apnea are much more likely to be involved in serious and deadly car accidents.
Sleep dentists offer a more comfortable CPAP alternative. Oral appliances are like sports mouthguards that a person can wear in their mouth during sleep to help prevent the narrowing and collapse of the airway that causes snoring and sleep apnea respectively. When properly adjusted (titrated) by a sleep dentist, oral appliances reposition the jaw, which helps support the airway. This means that many people can experience significant reductions in their sleep apnea. Oral appliances are recommended as a frontline treatment for mild to moderate sleep apnea and can be used as a second line treatment for severe sleep apnea in people who cannot adjust to CPAP.
This makes sleep dentists valuable in the treatment of sleep apnea and anyone who has been diagnosed with the condition should consult one in order to determine what is the right treatment option for them.
A Skillful Mentor
We are grateful to have had the opportunity to work with Dr. Winber, to have the benefit of his knowledge, his wisdom, and his insight. Now that he has finally decided to fully retire, we know we will never be able to fill his shoes. Nonetheless, Dr. Kevin Berry will be taking over his patients from the Craniofacial Diagnostic Center. He will strive to ensure that every patient will receive the same quality of care going forward as they enjoyed in the past.
If you would like to learn more about the transition or talk to Dr. Berry about your craniofacial or movement disorder, please contact the TMJ Therapy & Sleep Center of Colorado in Denver.