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Orofacial Pain and Sleep Disorder Treatment

Leda M. Whitmer, DDS, Inc.

If you experience inexplicable and chronic pain anywhere in the orofacial area, you may need to see a dentist with specialized training in pain disorders. Dr. Leda M. Whitmer has a level of expertise in orofacial pain and sleep disorders shared by fewer than 1000 dentists in the world. She provides relief for patients with perplexing and painful symptoms.    

Dr. Whitmer has a certificate in the Advanced Clinical Training Program from UCLA School of Dentistry, Department of Orofacial Pain and Dental Sleep Medicine. Dr. Whitmer alleviates pain caused by temporomandibular dysfunction (TMJ), myofascial pain syndrome, headaches, and neuropathy. She also has expertise in dental sleep medicine to help people with snoring and obstructive sleep apnea.  

Proper Recognition of Orofacial Pain for Proper Treatment 

It is estimated that over 7% of the population have an orofacial chronic pain disorder, and too often patients have been underserved and treated with inappropriate dental remedies, unnecessary medications, or ineffective invasive procedures.  Orofacial specialists are providing solutions, and more insurers are recognizing their importance by including their treatments in their policy coverage.

Symptoms of orofacial pain may include:

  • Episodic or chronic pain 
  • Shooting pain that feels like an electric shock
  • Burning, tingling, throbbing pain
  • Sensitivity to coldness 
  • Numbness
  • Deep, dull, aching pain

Many Causes of Orofacial Pain

Orofacial pain may be caused by many conditions such as temporomandibular joint disorders, neurovascular and neuropathic conditions, musculoskeletal factors and even brain tumors! Dr. Whitmer includes a thorough evaluation of patient health and orders appropriate medical examinations to evaluate and diagnose these disorders correctly. 

Treatment for Sleep Disorders

Dr. Whitmer also has specialized training in treating people with sleep disorders caused by obstructions in the airway passage. Obstructive sleep apnea can be dangerous and lead to more serious health conditions like heart disease and arrhythmias, high blood pressure, and stroke. 

Several Potential Treatment Options 

Dr. Whitmer provides conservative treatments opting for the least invasive methods available. Depending on the cause and source of pain, she may prescribe a variety of treatment options, such as:

  • Physical therapy
  • Trigger point injections
  • Oral appliances 
  • Nerve blocks
  • Pharmacotherapy

Proper Diagnosis and Effective Solutions provided by Dr. Leda Whitmer

If you have orofacial pain or a sleep disorder that has not been properly addressed with traditional dentistry, contact Dr. Leda Whitmer in Santa Clarita. With three years of additional training as a certified specialist in orofacial pain, Dr. Whitmer is one of a select few dentists who can find solutions to the complex causes of your pain. Give her office a call today!