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Adler Cosmetic & Family Dentistry |  Boulder Center for Advanced Dentistry

November 2014 



The tradition of holiday season gift giving is just around the corner. To make this aspect of the holidays a little easier our feature article this month offers some ideas. 


An explanatory article about neuromuscular dentistry and the TENS unit is included this month. It's an area of dentistry that we specialize in. Neuromuscular dentistry is an effective treatment for complex pain and migraine symptoms among other conditions. 


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Adler Cosmetic & Family Dentistry

Boulder Center for Advanced Dentistry

(303) 449-1119  


Ideas For Finding 
the Perfect Holiday Gift 


The holidays are a great time to show your loves ones just how much they mean to you. But, we all know that finding unique and thoughtful gifts can be a challenge. Here are some tips for finding gifts they will love:


Everyone loves comfort. For the hard-to-buy-for friend or family member, think about their softer side. Who wouldn't want luxurious bed sheets or a soft, neutral-colored throw blanket? These kinds of gifts are even great for "manly men" because they may never think to buy something like it for themselves.


Make it personal. Engraving or other types of personalization make any gift more special. Luckily, it's easy to find inscribed versions of gifts for anyone on your list: wooden toy boxes for kids with their names carved on the lid, engraved martini shakers for single 20-somethings, personalized pill boxes for grandparents.


A TV-lover's paradise. Sometimes it can be hard to identify someone's hobby or obvious interest, but most people have a favorite TV show. There are fun gifts associated with almost every show. Great ideas include everything from the DVD's of the entire season to "behind the scenes" books to humorous t-shirts. If you're looking for a gift for the viewer of more serious shows, try a book written by a national network news anchor.


Combine a small gift with a gift certificate. Gift certificates are great because the recipient can choose what they really want. But, they sometimes feel impersonal. A nice option is to give a small, personal gift along with the gift certificate. For instance, you could give a small picture frame along with a certificate to a home accessories store.


Think green. Many households are trying to be more environmentally friendly. There are lots of great gifts with a cool "green" twist. For the ladies in your life, check out jewelry made from recycled items. For electronic enthusiasts, how about solar-powered battery chargers for their cell phones, cameras, and laptops?


From your heart. The best gifts can often cost the least amount of money. Telling someone why you appreciate them is a gift that he or she will treasure forever. Write a heartfelt letter on pretty stationary and present it in a keepsake box. If you are more technically savvy, put together an electronic picture slide show interspersed with quotes from loved ones.


The gift of giving. Most people would love to give more to the organizations that they support. A caring gift idea is to choose a charity that has a gift you can buy to support it, such as an environmental organization's teddy bear or a breast cancer awareness bracelet, and present your recipient with both the small token gift and a receipt of your donation in her name. And don't count out men for this gift -- you can even buy a silk tie with the National Hockey League "Fights Cancer" logo!


Give an experience. These days, we often have more "stuff" than we know what to do with. Why not give your loved one a fun event to always remember? And you don't have to just choose from restaurant gift certificates or concert tickets. There is a wide range of "experience gifts." For men, there are cigar-tasting events, lunches with a professional ball player, or high-end car rentals. For women, choose from an in home chef-prepared dinner, spa treatments, or hot air balloon rides.


And although it may be a cliché, the most important thing to remember is that it is the thought that counts. Giving from your heart is the best gift of all.


Article Source: Katie McCabe;   

 The views expressed in this article are provided for informational purposes only and do not necessarily reflect the views of Adler Cosmetic & Family Dentistry or BCAD. 

Why Neuromuscular Dentistry
and the TENS Unit


We see many neuromuscular TMJ pain and bite destruction patients at Adler Cosmetic and Family Dentistry ... and a frequent question is:


Why do I need to use the TENS unit and how is it training my bite to a new position?


First let's start with the definition of TENS. TENS is transcutaneous electrical neural stimulation. That means when we place the TENS electrodes on a specific spot on the face we pass an electrical current through the skin to a nerve that controls the muscles of the jaw. These muscles begin pulsing the jaw. When someone closes their teeth together this sends a signal to the brain and the brain begins to understand how to bring the teeth together maximally. This may in fact be a bad bite relationship causing pain in some patients and or tooth destruction in others.




The TENS unit begins pulsing the muscles along their normal resting length  this also begins to take the stress out of the joint. The jaw begins to work along a consistent trajectory. After approximately 45 minutes to an hour the jaw is consistently pulsing along what is called the neuromuscular trajectory. This is only achieved after a certain period of time. We can tell when this occurs by tracking the trajectory of the jaw. There is a little blip called the m wave which happens to be the brain or central nervous system trying to affect the trajectory. When the m wave disappears we know the patient has tensed for the sufficient period of time. When we take a bite at this position or make an orthotic, a device to simulate the ideal bite, this position is usually very comfortable.


Often we have also decompressed the TMJ (Joint) and eliminated clicking and popping. There is no training to this spot because it is based on the ideal muscular and joint  position. The brain will quickly begin to recognize this trajectory and close there all the time. We call this the engram or program that the brain recognizes. Sometimes the engram is good, but a misaligned bite has a bad engram. By removing the pathological engram we are able to treat complex pain and migraine headache patients. We are also able to eliminate clenching and grinding. This is truly a life changing treatment and has often eliminated a lifetime of suffering.


Click to Learn More About Neuromuscular Dentistry.


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Holiday Gift Ideas
Neuromuscular Dentistry and the TENS Unit