Trigeminal Neuralgia

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    Trigeminal Neuralgia Treatment in Toronto

    At the TMJ & Sleep Therapy Centre of the Greater Toronto Area, our team of experienced professionals has extensive training in managing TMJ disorders and related facial pain conditions, including Trigeminal Neuralgia. We use a multidisciplinary approach to ensure accurate diagnosis and effective treatment.

    Understanding Trigeminal Neuralgia

    Trigeminal Neuralgia (TN) is a chronic pain condition that affects the trigeminal nerve, which is responsible for carrying sensation from your face to your brain. This condition is characterized by sudden, severe, and recurrent episodes of facial pain, often described as a sharp, electric shock-like sensation. The pain typically affects one side of the face and can be triggered by everyday activities such as talking, chewing, or even a light touch.

    The Connection Between Trigeminal Neuralgia and TMJ

    While Trigeminal Neuralgia primarily involves the trigeminal nerve, its symptoms can overlap with those of Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) disorders. TMJ disorders affect the jaw joint and surrounding muscles, leading to pain and dysfunction in the jaw, face, and neck. The close proximity of the trigeminal nerve to the TMJ means that issues with the jaw joint can exacerbate or mimic the symptoms of Trigeminal Neuralgia. Therefore, it is crucial to differentiate between these conditions to provide effective treatment.

    Symptoms of Trigeminal Neuralgia

    The symptoms of Trigeminal Neuralgia can vary in intensity and frequency. Common symptoms include:

    • Severe, shooting pain on one side of the face
    • Pain triggered by touching the face, chewing, speaking, or brushing teeth
    • Episodes of pain that last from a few seconds to several minutes
    • Periods of frequent attacks followed by remission
    • Sensitivity to even mild stimuli on the affected side of the face

      Why Choose Us For Your TMJ Treatments?

      We utilize state-of-the-art diagnostic tools and techniques to distinguish between Trigeminal Neuralgia and TMJ disorders.  We understand that each patient is unique. Our customized treatment plans are designed to meet your specific needs and may include a combination of therapies such as medication management, physical therapy, oral appliances, and lifestyle modifications.  We provide compassionate care in a supportive environment, ensuring you feel heard, understood, and involved in your treatment journey.

      If you are experiencing symptoms of Trigeminal Neuralgia or TMJ disorders, don’t suffer in silence. Contact us today to schedule a consultation.  Let our experts help you find relief and improve your quality of life.

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      Julia Daley

      5.0 ★★★★★

      Dr. Goodfellow helped me immensely with all of my TMJ and sleep problems. He always explained every part of my treatment in detail so we were always at the same level of understanding. His staff was extremely kind and always accommodating of my needs. One of the best clinics and most pleasant experiences I have had when getting a medical treatment!


      5.0 ★★★★★

      If you have TMJ issues and headaches, go to Dr Goodfellow! I have suffered from migraines, jaw locking and clicking, aches, etc; after my treatment with Dr Goodfellow and his team, my jaw doesn’t lock and click anymore and I can open my mouth wide again with no pain! My headaches have decreased too. very happy, thank you 🙂

      Angela Di Benedetto

      5.0 ★★★★★

      I’ve suffered so long with headaches, jaw pain, tinnitus and severe fatigue and was so great full to have meet Dr. Goodfellow and his amazing staff, they are beyond knowledgeable and I finally no longer suffer with pain.