The TMJ & Sleep Therapy
Centre of Wisconsin
Wisconsin's Premier Provider of Solutions for Pain Related to the Head, Face, Neck, and TMJ.
How We Help Improve Your Life
Although TMJ is the acronym (name used to identify) the temporomandibular joint, TMJ is also the term used to identify the conditions of pain and/or dysfunction of this joint. It is one of the most frequently identified conditions by patients. This is a very real condition caused by disturbances in the action of the jaw. Research has shown that many factors may lead to this disorder – it can occur by itself or be a part of a more complex problem. We understand the complexities of craniofacial pain that are unique to each patient. Some patients experience TMJ pain and dysfunctions, some experience primary headaches (known as migraines, tension, cluster) while others may have facial neuralgias, musculoskeletal pain or a combination of all.
Snoring is more than just an annoyance for your partner; it could also be the sign of a serious disorder. The sound is created when air passes through an airway that has been obstructed somehow; a blocked airway could easily lead to sleep apnea, a condition that causes you to stop breathing altogether repeatedly during the night. In order to stop the noise and protect your health, visit Dr. Brunner to ask about snoring treatments.
Some of the most common symptoms of a TMJ disorder are persistent pain in your jaw and a stiff neck. When there is some sort of problem with your TMJ (such as an uneven bite that stops the jaw from reaching a comfortable resting position), it can cause tension in your head and neck. When this sort of pain occurs, you won’t be able to relieve your symptoms just by treating the neck; the underlying problem with the jaw needs to be addressed.
Oftentimes a dysfunction in one part of the body can lead to symptoms manifesting in other areas. In many cases, you might experience a headache or migraine as part of a TMJ disorder. This is typically due to tension in your jaw muscles spreading to the rest of the head. You can treat the headache itself, but the pain will keep recurring until the underlying cause of the disorder is treated by Dr. Brunner.
Dr. Brunner started practicing in Brookfield in 2005. In 2017, he found his passion in resolving patients’ pain and sleep issues. He is committed to delivering the highest quality care and has taken hundreds of hours of extensive continuing education on the diagnosis and treatments for TMJ and Sleep Breathing disorders. He has trained with the worlds' experts on these conditions and is passionate about helping his patients live a pain free, well rested life. Through his education, he is one of only 25 dentists in Wisconsin classified as a “Qualified Dentist” by the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine and he is the only TMJ & Sleep Therapy Centre International Centre of Excellence in the state.
He is a member of the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine, American Academy of Craniofacial Pain, American Dental Association, Wisconsin Dental Association, and the Waukesha County Dental Association. Dr. Brunner has been married to his wife Lauren since July 2005, and they have two children – a daughter, Elle, and a son, Hudson. Aside from Wisconsin sports and spending time with his family, Dr. Brunner truly enjoys expanding his knowledge in the fields of TMJ pain, headaches and dental sleep medicine.
Wisconsin’s Only Certified Centre
Elmbrook Family Dental is proud to have TMJ & Sleep Therapy Centre of Wisconsin in their location. TMJ & Sleep Therapy Centre of Wisconsin is a certified centre of TMJ & Sleep Therapy Centre International. We are one of over 60 certified centres in 7 countries. UNITED STATES | CANADA | AUSTRALIA | UNITED KINGDOM | NEW ZEALAND | UNITED ARAB EMIRATES | BAHRAIN All certified centres maintain the same high level of efficacy thanks to the standardized protocols created by our founder, Dr. Steven Olmos. To become one of the Centres of Excellence, doctors and support staff must undergo the education and training programs designed and provided by TMJ & Sleep Therapy Centre International. We take great pride in being selected as a member of this international community of like-minded healthcare professionals who are making a difference in the lives of thousands of patients across the globe.
Others We Have Helped
"During my first visit, Dr. Brunner reviewed my health history with me and was able to diagnose some TMD, sleep, and health issues. He helped me recognize the connection between all of these. Dr. Brunner was truly interested in getting to the origin of the problems and during the treatment I have noticed improvement in so many areas in my health and no longer have jaw pain. I wake feeling more rested and feel better overall."
At TMJ & Sleep Therapy Centre, we understand these conditions are usually a symptom of a greater underlying problem. Successful treatment is based on identifying the underlying core problem. Proper diagnosis and emphasis on origin rather than symptoms alone is key to successful, long term treatment results. We have developed a proven process for the diagnosis and treatment of craniofacial pain (TMJ, headaches, facial pain) and treatment of sleep disorders (sleep apnea, snoring) without surgery.
After proper diagnosis, a specific non-surgical treatment plan for rehabilitation is developed for the unique needs of each individual patient. Our goal is to improve the quality of life for all patients by using research-based treatment protocols and the latest in technology.
Cone Beam CT imaging provides multiple views of the jaw joint, airway and surrounding structures for differential diagnosing. Unlike traditional 2D imaging, the iCAT imaging system is 3D. It can expand focus on selected areas and provide rotation to visualize from different angles.
JOINT VIBRATION ANALYSIS
The JVA electronically records the sounds, or more accurately the vibrations, occurring in the jaw joint during normal function. This enables within normal limit comparison bilaterally. This also elevates our diagnostic capabilities. Utilizing vibration transducers called accelerometers, a characteristic wave pattern is created for the various types of internal joint vibrations (conditions). Whereas the human ear cannot hear many of the frequencies that occur in the TMJ's, the accelerometers record all frequencies with equal efficiency. Once a vibration has been recorded, then it can be compared to other types of vibrations. This may make it possible to categorize the various types of internal conditions, and then, to monitor the joint status throughout treatment. A set of headphones is placed directly over the TMJ, and a patient is then asked to open and close their mouth as wide as they can. This will create a readout on a nearby monitor both our team and a patient can see in real time.
MLS COLD LASER
Laser Therapy reduces inflammation, decreases pain and increases cellular turnover to enhance healing. MLS Cold Laser utilizes the most advanced laser therapy system in patient care. Reduction of response times, and therefore overall treatment times, distinguishes MLS Laser. This device offers an alternative to other pain relief methods such as medication and steroids, and we use it to help accelerate healing and reduce inflammation for our TMJ patients. The laser uses specific wavelengths of light to stimulate the cells in the affected area, aiding in their recovery. Treatment with this laser typically takes less than 10 minutes, is painless, and has no lasting side effects (other than relief !).
STATE-OF-THE-ART CUSTOM ORAL APPLIANCES
Unlike an occlusal splint, mouthpiece or nightguard, our custom fabricated oral appliances are designed to position, support and protect the TMJ to alleviate TMJ-related pain and headaches while rehabilitating and healing the structure. This provides the best long term TMJ treatment result. Our TMJ Oral Appliance Therapy includes progress re-evaluations to monitor and manage your care for TMJ pain relief and chronic headache pain.