The TMJ & Sleep Therapy Centre of Wisconsin

Wisconsin's Premier Provider of Solutions for Pain Related to the Head, Face, Neck, and TMJ.

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How We Help Improve Your Life

TMJ disorder 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. At the TMJ & Sleep Apnea Centre of Wisconsin, we understand the complexities of craniofacial pain that are unique to each patient. Some dentistry patients experience TMJ pain and dysfunctions, some experience frequent headaches (known as migraines, tension, or cluster), while others may have facial neuralgias, musculoskeletal pain, or a combination of them.

Always Tired & Snoring

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Jaw & Neck Pain

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Headaches & Migraines

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Unmatched Expertise

T M J and sleep apnea specialist Doctor Brunner

Dr. Brunner started practicing at Elmbrook Family Dental in 2005. In 2014, he found his passion performing full mouth rehabilitations for patients who wanted a more cosmetically enhanced smile. He has completed the Clinical Mastery Series for comprehensive care and has completed over 200 hours in this area. 

Upon learning about why patients present with teeth showing signs of grinding and clenching there was a segment of that population who also presented with TMJ problems, headaches and sleep breathing issues. So, in 2017 he began a passionate journey of resolving patients’ pain and sleep issues. He is committed to delivering the highest quality care and has taken close to 400 continuing education hours on the diagnosis and treatment of 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 5 dentists in the southeast Wisconsin area who are board certified with the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine. Lastly, our dental office is the only one in the state that is officially certified by the TMJ & Sleep Therapy Centre International.

 Dr. Brunner is a member of the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine, American Academy of Craniofacial Pain, American Academy of Orofacial Pain, American Dental Association, Wisconsin Dental Association, and the Waukesha County Dental Association. Dr. Brunner truly enjoys expanding his knowledge in the fields of TMJ pain, headaches and dental sleep medicine, and full mouth rehabilitations.

Wisconsin’s Only Certified Centre

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TMJ & Sleep Therapy Centre of Wisconsin is certified by the TMJ & Sleep Therapy Centre International. We are one of only 60 certified dental offices in 7 countries. Each certified dental office maintains the same high level of efficacy thanks to the standardized protocols created by its founder, Dr. Steven Olmos. To become certified, doctors and support staff must undergo the education and training programs designed and provided by TMJ & Sleep Therapy Centre International. Dr. Brunner and his team 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.

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Our TMJ & Sleep Apnea Services

At TMJ & Sleep Therapy Centre of Wisconsin, 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 addressing the source of the issue rather than the symptoms alone is key to successful, long-term treatment. We have developed a proven process for the diagnosis and treatment of craniofacial pain (TMJ, headaches, facial pain) and sleep disorders (sleep apnea, snoring) without surgery.

After a proper diagnosis, a specific non-surgical treatment plan for rehabilitation is developed for the unique needs of each individual. Our goal is to improve the quality of life for all patients by using research-based treatment protocols and the latest in technology.

CBCT Imaging

C B C T imaging scanner

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

Dental patient receiving joint vibration analysis

The JVA electronically records the sounds, or more accurately, the vibrations, occurring in the jaw joint during normal function to elevate 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, 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, 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 Dentistry

M L S cold laser scanning system

Our MLS Cold Laser utilizes the most advanced laser therapy system available today. 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

Custom oral appliance and crafting mold

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 it. This provides the best long term TMJ treatment. Our TMJ Oral Appliance Therapy includes progress re-evaluations to monitor and manage your care.