TMJ & Tinnitus

    For Patients

    Understanding The Relationship Between Tinnitus & TMJ

    TMJ & Sleep Therapy Centre of New Orleans is your trusted destination for comprehensive care in TMJ disorders and related conditions. As part of our commitment to providing thorough information and exceptional service, we’re dedicated to addressing the concerns surrounding Tinnitus and its connection to TMJ.

    What is Tinnitus?

    Tinnitus is a condition characterized by the perception of noise or ringing in the ears when no external sound is present. This sensation can vary from a mild annoyance to a debilitating problem, affecting sleep, concentration, and overall quality of life. While Tinnitus can have various causes, including exposure to loud noises, aging, and certain medical conditions, its association with Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) disorders is increasingly recognized.

    Symptoms of TMJ-Related Tinnitus:

    The proximity of the TMJ to the ear canal means that disturbances in the TMJ can affect the structures of the ear, leading to Tinnitus. Understanding and addressing the underlying TMJ issues can often provide relief from Tinnitus symptoms, highlighting the importance of comprehensive evaluation and treatment.

    Symptoms include:

    • Ringing, buzzing, or humming sounds in one or both ears
    • Sensitivity to loud noises
    • Difficulty concentrating
    • Sleep disturbances
    • Headaches or ear pain

    Why Choose Us for Your TMJ Treatment?

    At TMJ & Sleep Therapy Centre of New Orleans, we specialize in providing personalized care for TMJ disorders and associated conditions like Tinnitus.  Our team consists of experienced professionals who specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of TMJ disorders. We stay updated with the latest advancements in the field to ensure that you receive the highest standard of care.

    Your comfort and satisfaction are our top priorities. From your initial consultation to follow-up appointments, we strive to create a supportive and welcoming environment where you feel heard and valued.

    Don’t let Tinnitus or TMJ-related symptoms disrupt your life any longer. Take the first step towards relief by Scheduling a Consultation with us today. Let TMJ & Sleep Therapy Centre of New Orleans be your partner in achieving optimal oral health and wellness.


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      Very Rev. Philip G. Landry

      5.0 ★★★★★

      Having been diagnosed with sleep apnea in 2003, I was fitted for a head-gear breathing apparatus to alleviate the condition. After struggling with discomfort and lack of sleep, I discontinued use of the device. During a visit to my cardiologist in 2017, I was ordered to take another sleep test which revealed that the condition had reached a dangerous level and that it must be addressed immediately. I shared with Dr. G. Johnson my concerns from the past and he informed me that a new mouth piece for this sleep disorder was available and referred me to Dr. Terry Billings, DDS.

      I contacted Dr. Billings and during my first appointment with him, after a series of tests, he determined that I had another condition, TMJ, which would have to be treated before addressing the sleep disorder. He explained to me that I would have to wear mouthpieces, one by day and one by night, for twelve weeks to correct this issue. My instant reaction was that as a Catholic priest serving as the rector of the St. Louis Cathedral, I often celebrate televised Masses during which a mouthpiece would certainly be a deterrent. Dr. Billings patiently and understandingly explained that I really had no option but assured me that he would be able to make weekly adjustments to the mouthpieces that would help with these concerns.

      Now as I approach the final weeks of this treatment, I am pleased to share that I have been most satisfied with the care and attention of both Dr. Billings and his staff. The level of professionalism and proficiency which I have experienced in the weekly office visits have made a challenging issue bearable. It is amazing to me what the treatment of the TMJ has done for my overall health and well-being and as I now await the mouthpiece to address my sleep disorder I am most grateful to Dr. Billings for his diagnosis and excellent treatment during this period of preparation for it.

      Arden Ballard, PA-C, MS

      5.0 ★★★★★

      You don’t hear that often about a dentist, but his attention to detail, meticulous examination and in-office testing led to uncovering a severely deviated septum that needed prompt surgical intervention. I’m forever grateful for him and his entire staff.

      Dr. Billings noticed that I checked yes to a few items on his questionnaire. When he began asking about my fatigue, sluggish feeling, etc. I blamed it on the kids and being a parent of two young boys. After his dental exam, he insisted that there could be more to my symptoms. After a chat, we decided to do an in-office Facial CT scan. It’s been 4 years since I had one, so I agreed. Everything was promptly scheduled, and their text reminders kept me on schedule.

      I did the CT scan, and Dr. Billings pointed out my severely deviated septum and recommended I get a prompt ENT evaluation. I brought a printout of the CT to my next appointment, and I ended up having sinus surgery 3 weeks later.

      Immediately after surgery, I knew something was different. After healing, I was sleeping better, breathing better and, sure enough, less sluggish and not reaching for my 3pm coffee. All from going to the dentist.

      My teeth look great, too!

      Dr. Billings has opened my eyes to understand that dentists are part of the entire medical team, and when using their training to the fullest, they can change lives.