TMJ Sleep Appliance

    For Patients

    Sleep Appliances can be an effective alternative to CPAP.

    If you’re seeking relief from temporomandibular joint (TMJ) issues or sleep disorders such as obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), you’re in the right place. At TMJ & Sleep Therapy Centre of New Orleans, our innovative Sleep Appliances offer effective solutions tailored to your individual needs, providing a comfortable and non-invasive alternative to CPAP therapy.

    What is a Sleep Appliance?

    Sleep Appliances are custom-made oral devices designed to alleviate symptoms associated with TMJ disorders and sleep-related breathing disorders. These devices are worn during sleep to reposition the jaw, tongue, and soft tissues of the throat to maintain an open airway, thus promoting better breathing and reducing snoring and sleep apnea episodes.

    Why Choose Sleep Appliances Over CPAP?

    While Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) therapy is a common treatment for sleep apnea, many individuals find it uncomfortable and cumbersome. Sleep Appliances can offer a more convenient and comfortable alternative:

    • Comfortable: Sleep Appliances are custom-fitted to your mouth, ensuring a comfortable fit that allows for natural jaw movement during sleep.
    • Non-Invasive: Unlike CPAP machines, which require wearing a mask connected to a hose, Sleep Appliances are discreet and do not involve any external apparatus.
    • Improved Compliance: Many patients find it easier to adhere to treatment with Sleep Appliances due to their comfort and ease of use, leading to better long-term compliance and treatment outcomes.
    • Treatment for TMJ: In addition to addressing sleep apnea, Sleep Appliances can also provide relief for TMJ disorders by helping to properly align the jaw and alleviate associated pain and discomfort.

    Why Choose Us for Your TMJ Treatment?

    At the TMJ & Sleep Therapy Centre of New Orleans, we are dedicated to providing comprehensive care for TMJ and sleep disorders.  Our team consists of highly trained professionals specializing in the diagnosis and treatment of TMJ and sleep disorders. We have years of experience in providing personalized care to our patients.

    We understand that each patient is unique, which is why we tailor our treatment plans to address your specific needs and concerns. Our Sleep Appliances are custom-made to fit your mouth comfortably and effectively.  In addition to Sleep Appliances, we offer a range of services including diagnostic testing, behavioral therapy, and lifestyle modifications to help you achieve optimal health and well-being.

    Don’t let TMJ or sleep disorders disrupt your life any longer. Contact us today to schedule a consultation and take the first step towards a better night’s sleep and improved quality of life with our Sleep Appliances.


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    about the TMJ & Sleep Therapy Centre of New Orleans

    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.