Facial Pain Treatment in Pueblo, CO
The term facial pain or craniofacial pain refers to pain in the face but can also include pain in the neck and head. Facial pain can have various symptoms and stem from a host of different issues.
The best way to address facial pain is to thoroughly assess the patient’s symptoms, perform a detailed physical examination, and analyze the potential root causes in order to design a comprehensive and personalized treatment plan.
What Is Facial Pain?
Facial pain is usually persistent and experienced as an aching or burning feeling in one or more areas. Some patients also describe the discomfort as a feeling of numbness in these specific areas.
Facial pain is typically felt more intensely in one or more trigger points and can be caused by muscle or jaw stress. Depending on its root cause, facial pain can also be accompanied by earaches and headaches, as well as neck, back, and postural pain.
The best treatment plan for facial pain is determined based on a thorough evaluation that includes a physical examination and a better understanding of the potential underlying causes.
Symptoms of Facial Pain
The most common symptoms of facial pain include:
- Pain and aching sensation
- Tension, pressure, burning sensation
- Numbness or tingling sensation
- Muscle stiffness
- Migraine headaches
- Facial muscle stiffness
Because the symptoms of facial pain vary, they may be improperly associated with different disorders. If you experience facial pain, we recommend you schedule a consultation with our specialist, Dr. Beck, and undergo a thorough examination to determine a proper diagnosis.
What Are the Causes of Facial Pain?
The most common causes of facial pain include:
- Temporomandibular joint disorder
- Sleep disorder
- Bite problems
- Teeth clenching or grinding
- Stress and anxiety
TMJ Disorder and Facial Pain
The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is a complex hinge joint that connects the jawbone to the skull. It allows us to eat, speak, and yawn comfortably. When this joint isn't working properly or it is under too much stress, the result can be jaw pain and discomfort, muscular pain, and a host of other symptoms, including facial pain, headaches, and earaches.
Sleep Apnea and Facial Pain
A restful night’s sleep is essential to our well-being and overall health and poor sleep habits negatively impact more than just our mood. In fact, due to decreasing your body’s ability to perform and heal, poor sleep or sleep deprivation may increase your risk of developing:
- Chronic pain
- Sensitivity to pain
- Various illnesses/diseases due to a weakened immune system
The risk of experiencing chronic pain is higher in individuals whose sleep quality is affected by sleep disorders such as snoring or sleep apnea. Addressing sleep disorders and providing proper treatment can reduce episodes of spontaneous pain, headaches, and migraines.
Treatment for Facial Pain
The best way to properly diagnose and treat facial pain is to visit a specialist. When you schedule an appointment at TMJ Sleep Colorado, Dr. Beck will perform an in-depth physical exam and also analyze your specific symptoms and medical history.
Dr. Beck is uniquely qualified as a dentist and craniofacial pain specialist to treat joint and muscular facial pain, TMJ disorder, and sleep apnea. He has been awarded the status of Diplomate in the treatment of TMJ disorders by the American Board of Craniofacial Pain and in Sleep Medicine by the American Board of Craniofacial Dental Sleep Medicine.
With years of experience in successfully treating facial pain, Dr. Beck can determine the root cause of your pain and design a customized treatment plan. Unlike traditional treatments with pain relievers, exercise, or Botox, the oral appliance therapy we offer at TMJ Sleep Colorado is customized to your specific needs. This type of treatment has a high rate of success and can relieve your pain and improve your well-being quickly and efficiently.
Don’t let pain stand in the way of your happiness and well-being. If you are experiencing facial pain and want to learn more about the treatment options we offer, visit TMJ Sleep Colorado at 1619 N Greenwood St #308, Pueblo, CO 81003, or call us at (719) 544-0901.