Dr. Ariz and Dr. Arami are proud to have TMJ & Sleep Therapy Centre of San Fernando Valley as part of the TMJ & Sleep Therapy Centres International. We provide TMJ and sleep therapy in Northridge, California, as part of a group of doctors who offer similar care around the world. You can learn more about our practice by checking out these pages:
Keep reading if you would like to learn more about our doctors’ work and philosophy as members of TMJ & Sleep Therapy Centres International.
The philosophy behind the Centres is consistent with the scientific literature that documents the many comorbidities of sleep disordered breathing, including chronic pain, and we emphasize the importance of a multidisciplinary approach.
If it has been uncertain before, it is now clear that sleep and sleep pathologies are significant underlying influences in the health of our patients. This is especially evident in the practice of sleep pathology itself, and in the specialties of ENT, pediatrics, cardiology, endocrinology, chronic pain, and orthopedic temporomandibular dysfunctions. Sleep is certainly one of the key threads that intertwine these disciplines.
Sleep research has been a unifying factor for understanding the critical role of nasal airway patency and breathing in the attainment of restful sleep at any age. Nasal breathing is essential for functional oral/facial development in children. Nasal breathing is the first line of our immune defense and acts to reduce the development of environmental sensitivities, allergies, and overactive/autoimmune responses.
Poor nasal breathing contributes to unstable glycemic control, increased cardiovascular disease, and reduced cognitive performance. The lack of nasal breathing is an underlying factor in the development of temporomandibular dysfunctions and associated headaches. Inadequate nasal breathing leads to a cascade of pathologies, which begin in childhood and continue into adulthood.
Functional nasal breathing plays a pivotal role in a lifetime of good health, and sometimes in such fundamental ways that they are easy to miss. It is no understatement to say that breathing is the highest biologic priority. It is no less an understatement to say that quality breathing is nasal breathing.
In tracking treatment results over the years, it has become evident that successful treatment required primary diagnosing to identify not only the origin of the problem but also to identify the very strong correlation between TMJ and airway, including sleep breathing conditions, in order to direct care and referrals for maximum results for the patient.
Our doctors have demonstrated a high degree of knowledge, skill, and experience in the field and treatment of craniofacial pain, temporomandibular disorders, sleep disordered breathing, and obstructive sleep apnea. Our doctors’ philosophy is to determine the origin or cause through comprehensive diagnostics and then provide therapeutic care for rehabilitation of injured structures. This is a dental solution to a medical condition because a dentist is providing the care however it is important to note that there is no treatment being done to the teeth. Our techniques employ treatments that rehabilitate and restore orthopedic function (chewing, swallowing) as well as improve breathing and resolve symptoms.