Orofacial pain clinic, Dentalis Department
What is orofacial pain?
Orofacial pain is a term that includes two types of pain, namely oral (mouth) pain and face pain. Oral pain refers to pain that is experienced in the oral cavity and around the mouth region, and includes mainly teeth, gum and tongue pain, whereas facial pain covers the area below the eyes and above the neck including both joints in front of the ears.
What causes orofacial pain?
The cause of orofacial pain is fairy extensive and ranges from the common causes such as overuse of jaw bone and muscles, trauma and surgery of the head and face, nerve dysfunction
(neurologic), otolaryngotic, rheumatologic, psychological, to complicate and medically unexplained cause.
What are the symptoms of orofacial pain?
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The symptoms include joint pain, joint sound, inability to open or close, sore and tenderness and face due to bruxism (grinding teeth when sleep). Burning and tingling pains and sensations in the mouth and face.
What are the treatment goals of our clinic?
- Decrease the patient’s subjective pain experience
- Increase the patient’s level of activity
- Decrease overall drug consumption
- Encourage the patient to return to employment or full quality of life
What are treatment options?
The focus of our treatment is towards prevention of pain disorders advancing to a chronic pain state, and for patient who have already developed chronic pain, the focus is an attempt to enhance the sufferer’s quality of life. Our policy is to treat using relevant, evidence-based information in order to promote optimal patient care. Our treatment options are;
- Education and lifestyle counseling
- Medical and psychological intervention for chronic orofacial pain
- Oral appliance therapy including soft and hard splints (bite guards)
- Biofeedback – relaxation therapy
- Temporomandibular joints x-ray
The Orofacial Pain Clinic of Vejthani hospital is devoted to the diagnosis and management of chronic orofacial pain. Full history of the patient’s problem is developed and an examination made that result in a preliminary diagnosis. Tests including a musculoskeletal assessment and radiology scans may be ordered at that time.
Hours of Operation:
Clinical Hours: 9:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. (1 st and 3 rd Saturday)
Orofacial Pain Clinic, Dentalis Department, Vejthani Hospital