Living with multiple sclerosis (MS) can be difficult. There is no cure. The symptoms are widespread, difficult to treat, and may worsen with time. At the TMJ Therapy & Sleep Center of Colorado, we don’t provide primary care for MS. However, we do help people with MS find some relief from MS symptoms and side effects of MS treatments.
If you are looking for additional help with MS-related movement challenges in Denver, please contact us. Call (303) 691-0267 today for an appointment with a neuromuscular dentist.
What is Multiple Sclerosis and What Are the Symptoms?
Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is a disorder that affects several areas of the nervous system. In MS, the nerves that carry messages through the body lose their protective sheaths. This impairs the signals that nerves carry. The result is diminished muscle control and loss of sensation.
MS sufferers experience a variety of symptoms including:
- Double Vision or Blurred Vision
- Muscle Weakness
- Difficulty with Coordination and Balance
- Partial or Complete Paralysis
- Numbness or Prickling
- Speech Impediments
- Cognitive Impairments
Oral Appliance for Treatment Side Effects
One common treatment early in MS is steroid injections. For some people, steroid injections cause bruxism–teeth clenching and grinding. This can cause tooth wear and may even result in chipped, cracked, or broken teeth.
Fortunately, an oral appliance can protect your teeth against clenching and grinding. This can also help reduce jaw pain from bruxism.
Oral Appliances For MS Symptoms
Dr. Berry treats multiple sclerosis symptoms with the use of custom-made oral appliances, also called bite splints. These oral appliances reposition the jaw joint and relieve pressure on nerves and blood vessels in the area. This adjustment can provide relief of MS symptoms.
In particular, a bite splint can help stabilize the jaw. This helps stabilize the body core, which, in turn, can improve balance and mobility.
During your first visit, Dr. Berry will make an impression of your teeth and assess the amount of adjustment your bite requires. In a follow-up appointment, we will try in your dental appliance and make any necessary adjustments for a proper fit. Patients frequently experience relief of symptoms very quickly after inserting their appliance.
Our oral appliances are not a cure for MS, but until the cure is found, we are glad to offer relief from some of the debilitating symptoms of the disease. If you are suffering from multiple sclerosis, don’t wait to seek treatment for your symptoms! Call or email our office in Denver today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Berry.