Many dentists don’t realize that they can treat common medical conditions; however, medically necessary dental services can free patients of chronic pain caused by improper and unbalanced forces in the mouth. There’s a good chance that many of your existing patients are suffering from conditions that can be treated by medically necessary dental services, but are unaware that they even need them—let alone that medical insurance can cover those treatments.
Armed with the right information, you can help educate your patients on the medical conditions that can be treated with dental services and covered by medical insurance. In this article, we’ll review the common medical conditions that your practice can treat—and the debilitating symptoms you can relieve patients of as a result.
Headaches and Migraines
Chronic headaches and migraines affect millions of people, often causing debilitating pain that can be very challenging to find long-lasting relief from. In fact, frequent migraines affect 3 percent of Americans, and chronic tension headaches impact more than 20 percent of people worldwide. Many of those who suffer from chronic headaches and migraines are actually never diagnosed, let alone treated.
The truth is that pressure and imbalances in the jaw are often the culprit. That’s why chronic headaches and migraines can be treated with medically necessary dental services. TruDenta’s rehabilitative treatment system can provide complete, lasting resolution of chronic pain from headaches and migraines.
From bruxism to TMJ disorder, there are a number of ways that issues with the mouth and jaw can cause craniofacial pain. Instead of patients turning to pain relievers—which only temporarily treat symptoms and cause unpleasant side effects—they can be treated for craniofacial pain with a noninvasive, drug-free treatment like TruDenta. You can relieve patients of chronic head, neck, and jaw pain by determining and ultimately treating the exact cause of their symptoms.
It’s estimated that approximately one in five people suffers from the buzzing or hissing sounds of tinnitus. However, most of them have no idea that in many cases, tinnitus can be traced to issues with the mouth and jaw. Tinnitus can have several different causes, but it’s often difficult to pinpoint and treat the issue. Any disruption of balance to the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) can cause tinnitus symptoms—which is why treating it is a medically necessary dental service.
Around 18 million Americans suffer from sleep apnea, a common sleep disorder that obstructs airflow. Although many have heard of sleep apnea, what they don’t realize is that it can be treated with medically necessary dental services. TruDenta’s therapies work together to reduce pain and inflammation completely and permanently—without turning to injections or medications with unpleasant side effects.
Vertigo and Dizziness
Vertigo and dizziness can have many causes, and underlying problems with the mouth and jaw are among them. Dental force imbalances can essentially disrupt the function of the inner ear, which causes a disruption of one’s sense of balance and surroundings. TruDenta technology analyzes and display the forces at play to help narrow down the exact cause and create a specialized treatment plan for patients.
As a dentist, you’re not limited to fillings and crowns. You can treat patients with medically necessary dental services, free them of chronic pain, and even get reimbursed by medical insurance in the process.
When you provide TruDenta care, your staff delivers a visual assessment of the patient’s dental forces so that you can recommend a personalized treatment plan. For example, TruDenta’s testing for digital range of motion (ROM) measures cervical range of motion of the patient’s head movements. Understanding the head movement will help you understand the patient’s jaw movement, which in turn helps you craft a treatment plan for your patient.
If you’re interested in exploring a treatment option that allows you to treat more patients and provide them with long-lasting relief, TruDenta may be the perfect fit for your practice.