Oklahoma TMJ and Sleep Therapy Clinic
Sometimes Dr. David Minyard at the Oklahoma TMJ and Sleep Therapy clinic gets thanks yous after treating his patients for snoring. “I once treated a doctor who had tried all types of CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) machines and face masks, but he could not sleep with them. Two days after I fitted him with an oral appliance, his wife showed up and gave me a big hug. She said, ‘I haven’t slept through the night in 20 years because of my husband’s snoring. You’ve saved my marriage!’”
Dr. Minyard is one of a limited number of specialists in Oklahoma who intensively diagnoses problems that stem from the TMJ (temporomandibular joint) which cause headaches and facial pain, and also treats obstructive sleep apnea. After examination, treatment may include physical therapy, medication, injections or oral appliances, especially for treatment of snoring or sleep apnea.
“Sleep issues are not humorous,” Dr. Minyard said. “Disturbed sleep can lead to elevated blood pressure, mood issues and increased heart problems and chance of diabetes. At a recent lecture, I learned that lack of sleep is the third leading cause of car accidents and snoring is a leading cause of divorce.”
Snoring and sleep apnea, which affect both the patient and spouse, can be treated in many ways, ranging from surgeries to CPAP and oral appliances. Dr. Minyard recommends custom-made oral appliances, which usually provide effective and immediate results in a less invasive manner.
“When people say, ‘I have TMJ,’ it’s like saying, ‘I have a knee.’ Over 40 things could be wrong with that one joint, and 15 percent of the population is affected by it,” Dr. Minyard said.
Dr. Minyard was a general practice dentist in Arizona for 25 years until back problems caused him to change direction. He moved to Oklahoma to direct a free medical clinic called Ministries of Jesus. In the meantime, he learned about the different TMJ therapies and began training. In 2009, after passing his board exams he opened an office in Edmond, working with his daughter, who is his assistant.
Whether you’re seeking relief from pain or seeking a good night’s sleep, Dr. Minyard is the one to call. “I enjoy helping people, and helping marriages is always nice.”
For more information on Oklahoma TMJ & Sleep Therapy Clinic, give them a call at 330-9444 or visit their website at oktmj.com.