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Better Solutions for TMJ, Snoring and Sleep Apnea

Are you suffering from signs or symptoms of SLEEP APNEA?

Snoring, Abrupt Awakenings with Shortness of Breath, Morning Headaches, Intermittent Pauses in Breathing During Sleep, Excessive Fatigue, Grinding of Teeth?

Take this private Sleep Risk Assessment and answer the self assessment questionnaire. Be sure to email or give us a call with any questions or to request your comprehensive sleep evaluation.

Are you suffering from signs or symptoms of TMJ?

Ear pain, headaches or neck aches, migraines, Pain/discomfort of the jaw or jaw muscles, difficulty opening and closing the mouth, clicking or popping noises in the jaw, sensitive teeth when no other dental problems are present, grinding and clenching teeth?

Take this self assessment TMD SCREENING QUESTIONNAIRE in 8 simple questions to answer.

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Better Solutions for TMJ, Snoring and Sleep Apnea

Snoring– Not Just Noise but a Warning

Snoring– Not Just Noise but a Warning

Snoring often deprives the brain of oxygen and deprives others of restful sleep. Snoring has been shown to contribute to carotid artery calcification's and frequently progresses to Sleep Apnea, a life-shortening condition in both men and women. But you can alleviate snoring with custom oral appliances and protect against developing Sleep Apnea.

Sleep Apnea – A Silent Killer

Sleep Apnea – A Silent Killer

Apnea (stopping of breathing while sleeping) increases your risk of stroke, heart attack, insulin resistance (pre-diabetes) and high blood pressure among other serious conditions. Sleep Apnea may lead to early death from the many related diseases. We provide comfortable, custom oral appliances as an alternative to CPAP.

TMJ - Don’t Let it Grind You to a Halt

TMJ - Don’t Let it Grind You to a Halt

Clicking, popping, grinding, sounds of a joint self-destructing may be signs of TMJ disorder. It can lead to constant pain, headaches and migraines, ear pain and an inability to chew or open your mouth. Dr. Barnes is both credentialed and experienced in non-surgical treatment of TMJ disorders. Don’t wait until it hurts.

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  • "In December of 2015, I yawned a little too wide and felt a pop in the right side of my jaw. This wasn’t the first time this had happened to me, so I thought, I would just pop it right back in like I had in the past, only this time it didn’t go back in. The first few hours were miserable, I couldn’t eat, I was in a lot of pain, and I thought about it constantly. I immediately started to google ways to remedy a “dislocated” jaw. I tried everything, but despite my efforts, nothing worked. I was stuck. Over the next few weeks, I talked to as many people as I could think of to get multiple opinions. Being that I’m a nurse, many of the people I spoke with are healthcare professionals (doctors, nurses, anesthesiologists, etc.) and most people recommended physical therapy or talking to a maxillofacial/oral surgeon. Yikes! I did not want to go the surgery route, but the seed was planted and I was fearing the worst. In the interim, I tried physical therapy, chiropractics, acupuncture, and I saw 2 different dentists. Many of these practitioners tried to manipulate my jaw back into place, but unfortunately, I didn’t get any results from this. All of this occurred over the course of about 3 months. I was getting desperate and fearing the worse. After talking with one of my dentist's, he suggested that I look for a “TMJ specialist”. I thought, “A what?” I had never heard of a specialist for TMJ before. I was so focused on the “dislocation” of my jaw joint that I didn’t think of the root cause of my issue, which was the fact that I had bad TMJ. So, I did a search for a specialist in the Boulder area and found Dr. Barnes. I researched their treatment plan and decided that wearing dental orthotics for a few months would be a much better option than surgery. My first evaluation with Dr. Barnes revealed that I had arthritis forming in both jaw joints and my disc’s were misaligned. At the time, I had difficulty opening my mouth wide, but I had minimal pain. I realize in retrospect that I could have easily ignored all of my jaw issues because my symptoms were so tolerable, but upon learning that I had mild arthritis at the age of 29, I’m really glad that I continued to seek help. Now I see that my dislocation was actually a blessing because it prompted me to get help for my TMJ symptoms that I had always just accepted as “normal” beforehand. Dr. Barnes’ verdict was that I would need to wear a day and night time orthotic for 3-5 months. Getting used to wearing the orthotic was a challenging process for me, but Dr. Barnes and his staff were very supportive and always available to help me with any questions I had. Five months after I started to wear my daytime orthotic, I made significant improvements. My jaw range of motion is now normal and I continue to have little to no discomfort in my jaw. I can’t wait to have my follow up CT scans in a few months to see even more of my progress. It’s great to know that Dr. Barnes and his team managed my treatment in a minimally invasive way, sparing me the pain of going through surgery, both at the time of the dislocation and hopefully for the future as well!"

  • Dr. Mark Barnes and his team were a huge help to our family when our son suddenly experienced severe TMJ symptoms (jaw locking). With very little time before our son had to leave for summer camp, Dr. Barnes and his staff thoroughly assessed the problem and made a mouthpiece to be worn at night. This device worked like a charm and continues to entirely manage our son’s TMJ issue. In addition, when it was time for our son’s wisdom teeth to be extracted, Dr. Barnes consulted with the oral surgeon to ensure that the procedure would not aggravate the condition. That also went off without a hitch. We wholeheartedly recommend TMJ Sleep Solutions! We felt very well cared for by Dr. Barnes and his detail oriented and highly responsive (emails on the week-ends!) staff! Gratefully,

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    “I have had many wonderful experiences with the care and service received from Dr. Barnes and his office. I have referred many of my colleagues and family members and will continue to do so."

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    “Dr. Barnes and his staff are always courteous, timely and professional. I would unreservedly recommend them.” -

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    After suffering with a prolonged mono diagnosis it was discovered that I suffer from obstructive sleep apnea which was treated with a CPAP machine for over 3 years. I finally became intolerant of the CPAP machine and how cumbersome it was to travel with so I came to Dr. Barnes to try othotic appliance therapy. Since starting therapy with the oral device I am able to achieve deep REM sleep nightly and it has eradicated my daytime sleepiness and the need for a daily two hour nap. I now bike regularly and feel 30 years younger thanks to the deep restorative sleep I am able to achieve with my oral appliance. I feel cured in more ways than one; it's truly been a lifesaver.