Jaw & Facial Pain


Jaw & Facial Pain

For patients who require more in-depth and advanced care specifically for pain related to the jaw and face, orofacial pain management is a specific area of dentistry dedicated to this field

Dr. Neysan Chah specialises in helping patients who suffer from orofacial pain and jaw joint disorders, including temperomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders, trigeminal neuralgias and other facial pain disorders.

Having completed a Masters Degree in Orofacial Pain and Oral Medicine through the Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry at the University of Southern California, Dr. Chah is delighted to be able to offer dedicated and specialised orofacial pain management and dental sleep medicine treatments to his patients.

Some of the issues that can be helped by orofacial pain management include:

  • Disorders of the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders (jaw joint disorders)
  • Muscular pain & Stiffness in the jaw & face
  • Clicking and / or locking in the jaw joint
  • Neurovascular pain affecting the face
  • Trigeminal & other Facial Neuralgias (Nerve Pain)
  • Neuropathic (Nerve) Pain following injury to the nerve

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    Trigeminal Neuralgia

    Focussed on helping patients with very frequent, often daily, debilitating facial pain

    Trigeminal neuralgia, also known as "tic douloureux", is an excruciating and often debilitating disorder that affects the trigeminal nerve, (the nerve responsible for sensation in the face and jaw movements). This condition is characterized by sudden and severe facial pain, which can feel like an electric shock or stabbing sensation typically on one side of the face. The intense pain is typically triggered by simple actions such as eating, speaking, or even a gentle touch or cold breeze to the face. Neuralgia-like pain can also be felt in the face and mouth region as a result of surgical or traumatic injury.

    Trigeminal neuralgia is a complex and challenging condition to diagnose and manage. It can often be mistaken for other facial pain disorders, dental problems, or even migraines. For patients suffering with these issues daily, an appropriate diagnosis and intervention can be lifechanging. Dr. Chah collaborates closely with your team of neurologists, neurosurgeons, and other medical specialists to develop a comprehensive plan aimed at managing your symptoms and improving quality of life.

    Neuropathic Pain

    For patients enduring persistent and intense pain, which can be constant and described in diverse ways, impacting the nerves within the mouth and facial region.

    Neuropathic facial pain often develops following some form of trauma to the trigeminal nerve, leading to continuous or almost constant discomfort, but can sometimes occur without a clear or apparent cause. Unlike nociceptive pain, which results from actual or potential tissue damage, neuropathic pain is caused by a malfunction in the nerves themselves. This damage and malfunction can be caused by a number of factors including but not limited to trauma, illnesses such as shingles, certain auto-immune conditions and in some cases, spontaneously for no apparent reason. This pain can feel like burning, aching, squeezing, pins and needles, or a wide variety of other sensations. Sometimes, it's tough to diagnose because people describe it in different ways. There can also be short bursts of intense pain, but they're not the main type of pain in these conditions. People with this type of pain often have changes in how their face feels or reacts to touch, like being extra sensitive or feeling pain from things that shouldn't hurt.

    Neuropathic pain often intertwines with associated symptoms like sleep disturbances and mood changes. This aspect of the condition is also considered in many cases when helping patients manage facial neuropathic pain.

    For individuals grappling with facial neuropathic pain daily, an accurate diagnosis and timely intervention can be transformative. Dr. Chah works in close partnership with your neurologists, neurosurgeons, and other medical experts to formulate a comprehensive strategy focused on effectively managing your symptoms and enhancing your overall quality of life

    Dental Sleep Medicine

    Focussed on helping patients with sleep related breathing disorders

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    Dental Sleep Medicine is a specialised area of dentistry focussed on helping patients with sleep related breathing disorders.

    For patients living with these issues, an appropriate diagnosis and intervention can be lifechanging. Dental sleep medicine not only benefits sleep quality but also a patient’s overall health and quality of life.

    Dr. Chah helps patients who are struggling with numerous dental sleep medicine issues both from a standalone aspect and also in conjunction with other medical professionals on a case by case basis to provide the most appropriate treatment suitable for each individual patient.

    Some of the Dental Sleep Medicine issues that are managed in these clinics include:

  • Snoring

  • Nocturnal Sleep Bruxism (grinding of the teeth during sleep)
  • Obstructive Sleep Apnoea Management (this is carried out through a multidisciplinary approach with Dr. Chah being one of a handful of dentists nationwide helping patients manage sleep apnoea through the use of specialised, custom-made dental sleep appliances)

  • If you are concerned about any of the above, click here to book a dedicated orofacial pain management appointment with Dr. Neysan Chah.


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