Pharyngometer / Rhinometer
During snoring and sleep apnea evaluations, we use the pharynogemeter and rhinometer to evaluate the patient’s airway volume. These pieces of technology use acoustic reflection to accurately map out the size of our oral and nasal airway. Each of these diagnostic tools is non-invasive and incredibly important for locating obstructions or narrowing in the airway. We use the information gained from this technology to choose and design the best appliance possible.
Galileos CT Scanner
Our Cone Beam CT x-ray scan is a state-of-the-art piece of dental technology that helps us access TMJ and upper airway issues. The scan helps us view nasal septum, nasal airway, sinuses, oral airway, cervical spine position, and TMJ position. With this information, we’re able to access and understand the anatomical relationships in the neck and head area resulting in an accurate and timely diagnosis to use in planning your treatment.
Our K-7 is one of our most important pieces of technology for TMJ treatment. The K-7 records jaw joint sounds and movements as well as muscle activity. The information allows us to more accurately diagnose TMJ by helping us differentiate between pain issues that are centered in the TMJ and muscle-based pain issues.
It also allows us to address the neuromuscular components of a patient’s pain by showing us where imbalances in the facial structure take place. With this information, we’re able to custom-make neuromuscular orthotics to provide the best care and treatment possible. Our patients achieve better, faster, and more stable results due to the neuromuscular dentistry we provide.
Low-Level Laser Therapy
All of our patients who suffer from head and/or neck pain can benefit from low-level laser therapy. The laser promotes healing deep within the tissue with a non-invasive, quick, and pain-free treatment. It also helps reduce inflammation in our TMJ patients.
Transcutaneous Electric Nerve Stimulation (TENS) units help reduce TMJ pain. They deliver small electrical impulses through electrodes placed on top of adhesive pads attached to the patient’s skin. The small electrical impulses then flood the nervous system to reduce the body’s ability to transmit pain signals through the spinal cord and to the brain. They also produce endorphins that act as natural pain relievers. Our patients have great success in reducing pain with the TENS unit.
To create our patient’s oral appliances or Invisalign aligners, we use a digital impression machine – iTero. iTero doesn’t require a goopy material to take impressions of a patient’s mouth. Instead, it uses a digital scanner for faster and more accurate impressions. This helps our patients get out of the chair and into their aligners or oral appliance faster.
Does your bite always feel off? If so, please let us know you have an interest in the T-Scan when you visit our office. T-Scan is a device we use to evaluate the occlusion (bite) of a patient. The device identifies the force and timing of a patient’s bite to help us find imbalances. This information is helpful for our patients seeking TMJ relief as well as orthodontic care.
Our dental laser, the Fotona Lightwalker allows Dr. Pribyl to perform procedures like a frenectomy with precision and efficiency. The dental laser uses state-of-the-art design and delivers a better experience for patients. Laser dentistry reduces bleeding, prevents the need for stitches or sutures, offers a quiet procedure, increases recovery speed, and requires less anesthesia for pain management.
If you have any questions about our dental technology or would like to make an appointment for sleep apnea treatment, TMJ treatment, orthodontics, or a frenectomy procedure, please contact our Independence, MO dentist today. Call (816) 795-1000 to schedule an appointment.