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It’s Time For A Change. Being Fatigued and Stressed is Not Normal.

Daytime symptoms can be related to nightly grinding.

Do You Suffer From Headaches? Does Your Jaw Hurt and Make Sounds? Yes?

Then you may have TMJ

Stop The Nightly Grind...

Excessive clenching and grinding can disrupt your sleep and cause daytime fatigue and headaches…

What is TMJ?

Technically, everyone has TMJ. In fact, we have two. TMJ stands for Temporomandibular Joint, and we all have a left and right TMJ.

The TMJ is one of the most important joints in the body. Not only does it allow for smooth opening and closing of the mandible, or jawbone, to speak and eat, but it can withstand extremely strong bite forces that come along with chewing our food.

The TMJ is the only bilateral joint in our body that functions as one unit! The left and right joints cannot function separately. A problem with one side will eventually lead to a problem on the other side. Noises such as clicking and popping are signs that the TMJ is in an incorrect position.

When someone is experiencing joint sound accompanied by limited mouth opening, jaw and facial pain, and headaches, they are said to have TMJ Dysfunction, or TMD.

Jaw Pain and TMD should never be ignored. This condition can become chronic if not addressed. Bone loss in the jaw bone along the TMJ, anxiety, depression, and compromised quality of life can be seen in TMD sufferers. Help is Possible.

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Why does my jaw hurt?

Meet Dr. Scott

The Jaw Pain Doc

Dr. Scott Simonetti graduated from East Islip High School and went on to Cornell University and earned a degree in Nutritional Sciences and then attended the University of Buffalo School of Dental Medicine, where he earned his DDS in 2001. Since then, he has been at a private general practice in East Islip, New York. Dr. Scott understands the importance of whole-body health and is passionate about improving the quality of life for his patients.

Dr. Scott has lectured for Continuing Education programs and has appeared on National Radio shows and blogs. His favorite topics include TMJ Dysfunction, Nitric Oxide, Disordered Breathing, fatigue, headaches, oxidative stress, and mitochondrial dysfunction. Dr. Scott has also designed and patented several oral orthotics that have received FDA 510k clearance for multiple indications of use.

Meet Dr. Scott

The Jaw Pain Doc

Dr. Scott Simonetti graduated from East Islip High School and went on to Cornell University and earned a degree in Nutritional Sciences and then attended the University of Buffalo School of Dental Medicine, where he earned his DDS in 2001. Since then, he has been at a private general practice in East Islip, New York. Dr. Scott understands the importance of whole-body health and is passionate about improving the quality of life for his patients.

Dr. Scott has lectured for Continuing Education programs and has appeared on National Radio shows and blogs. His favorite topics include TMJ Dysfunction, Nitric Oxide, Disordered Breathing, fatigue, headaches, oxidative stress, and mitochondrial dysfunction. Dr. Scott has also designed and patented several oral orthotics that have received FDA 510k clearance for multiple indications of use.

Patient Information

What is Temporomandibular Disorders (TMDs)?

Temporomandibular disorders are disorders of the temporomandibular joints, jaw muscles, or nerves. Your temporomandibular joint allows your mouth to open and close and move all around. It is a complicated system of muscles, connective tissues, and the joint itself that serves an important function. Because of this, problems can easily arise, causing TMDs.

What causes TMDs?

Some possible causes include:

  • Diseases that affect the muscles or joints, like arthritis
  • Injury to the jaw joint or connective tissues
  • Habitual movements of the teeth and jaws, like grinding or clenching
What are the symptoms for TMDs?

Signs and symptoms of TMDs can include:

  • Pain in or around the ear
  • Pain when chewing
  • Tender jaw muscles
  • Painful clicking or popping when opening or closing the jaw
  • Difficulty opening or closing the mouth
  • Tension, stress, and migraine headaches
  • Jaw pain and pain in the temple region
  • Facial pain and neck pain
What are some ways to treat the symptoms of TMDs?

There are several things you can try that might help:

  • Eat softer foods
  • Limit wide jaw movements
  • Avoid chewing gum or biting down on anything hard
  • Apply moist, warm compresses
  • Wear a custom night guard, such as The POD®, to help decrease clenching and grinding of teeth during sleep.
What is The POD®?

The POD® is a unique, custom night guard made by your dentist and is designed specifically for you. It will treat TMJ/TMD symptoms while protecting the teeth from the destructive forces of clenching and grinding. It is FDA 510k cleared for the treatment of bruxism and TMD symptoms.

How does The POD® work?

Worn during sleep, the device serves to protect the teeth from the destructive forces of clenching and grinding and helps to alleviate the associated pain and headaches. By having the dental arches discluded, excessive wear of the teeth caused by clenching and grinding is reduced.

By utilizing patented Unilateral BiteBlock Technology®, the device can reduce bite forces while making more room for the tongue during sleep.

About The

Preventive Oral Device®

The POD® is a US and internationally patented night guard worn while sleeping.  It is used to protect your teeth and prevent tooth damage caused by clenching and grinding and also help treat TMJ related jaw pain, headaches, and facial pain.

By having the dental arches discluded, excessive wear of the teeth caused by clenching and grinding is reduced. The disocclusion of the jaw reduces muscle tension to help alleviate jaw pain, facial pain, and headaches.

The POD® is:

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Custom made for you

For a precise fit.

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Made from

High quality, biocompatibility tested material.

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Allows full range of mouth movement

So you can open and close your mouth, as well as talk, drink water, and yawn while wearing the splint.

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Covered

By some Insurance plans.

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CBCT Scans

Without The POD®️, all teeth contact and the airway has (yellow) constrictions.

With The POD®️, the teeth do not contact, and the airway is enlarged.

Indications for use

The POD® is for the amelioration of clenching and bruxing associated with TMD and is to be used to aid in the relief of symptoms for TMD/TMJ.

Contraindications

This device is a contraindication for patients who:

  • have complete dentures or an insufficient number of lower teeth to retain the appliance.
  • have loose teeth or advanced periodontal disease.
  • currently wear a mandibular advancement device at night for Obstructive Sleep Apnea.

 

Caution Only

Federal law restricts this device to sale by or on the order of a Dentist.

Indications for use

The POD® is for the amelioration of clenching and bruxing associated with TMD and is to be used to aid in the relief of symptoms for TMD/TMJ.

Contraindications

This device is a contraindication for patients who:

  • have complete dentures or an insufficient number of lower teeth to retain the appliance.
  • have loose teeth or advanced periodontal disease.
  • currently wear a mandibular advancement device at night for Obstructive Sleep Apnea.

 

Caution Only

Federal law restricts this device to sale by or on the order of a Dentist.

See what patients are saying

After using the pod i feel amazing, my jaw feels much better. I have had zero headaches since using it, and sleep much better. My mouth opens and closes normally again. Thank you!

Nicole

Sleeping was impossible & I had headaches 2-3x a week. Since I have been using the pod I have no issues sleeping and I haven’t had any headaches.

Katelyn

I was waking up with a migraine every day before this, now I can’t remember the last time I woke up with one.

Melissa

From Dr. Simonetti’s treatment I have noticed tremendous positive changes.

Gabriella

Since using the POD I have had far less jaw pain, headaches, and an overall better night’s sleep.

Kathryn

I do not get any neck pain or headaches when I wake up in the morning. My jaw has not locked and my range to open my mouth is at maximum.

Susanne

I have been grinding my teeth since I was a kid. Since wearing this device I have noticed tremendous tension relief in my jaw.

Daniel