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Neuromuscular | What is TENS?

TENS stands for Transcutaneous Electrical Neural Stimulation.  Dr. Vitalie uses this therapy to relax a patient's facial and jaw muscles in order to find their ideal bite and jaw position.   Low frequency TENS can be used in dentistry three different ways:

  1. It relaxes the muscles and allows the dentist to determine a muscularly-oriented jaw-to-skull relationship.

  2. It relieves pain caused by spasm and tension
    (read more about this below).

  3. It closes the jaw though space to a comfortable position which is most compatible with relaxed muscles.

Today, modern dentists like Dr. Vitalie are using low frequency TENS on a regular basis to treat patients with Neuromuscular and TMJ conditions. 

How Does TENS Work?

TENS delivers a slight electrical impulse through the nerves that control the muscles of facial expressions and chewing action.  This electrical pulsing increases the blood flow, which relaxes the muscles. 

How Does TENS Help to Relieve Jaw and Muscle Pain?

When muscles are spasming, they begin to contract and shorten.  This spasm constricts blood flow and traps unwanted toxins in the muscles.  When toxins build up, the muscles become painful.

Recent studies show that TENS promotes pain relief by causing chemical changes in the body and stimulates the production of endorphins.  Endorphins are natural substances produces by the body that relieve pain.  These pain suppressing chemicals act as a natural anesthetic and last beyond the actual TENS treatment.

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