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Technology

In today's ever-changing world of technology, it is important for healthcare providers to employ advanced diagnostic and therapeutic techniques. Dr. Shirazi takes great pride in offering these methods to his patients in a single location. Bridging the gap between time-tested oriental medicine practices and cutting-edge technology, the TMJ and Sleep Therapy Centre provides comprehensive care focused on achieving wellness as quickly, easily, and painlessly as possible.

 
   

 

i-CAT TMJ Analysis and Airway Assessment top 

 

iCAT ScannerThe iCAT provides 3-D views of critical structures for complete TMJ analysis, allowing the doctor investigate and diagnose bone morphology, joint space, and function - all critical to TMJ dysfunction treatment and care. Most importantly, the iCAT can help the doctor to understand exact tooth/ bone position and relationship of abnormal anatomy, when treating orthodontic, TMJ and air way issues.

Three-dimensional imaging provides more accurate viewing of the teeth in relationship to other anatomical structures and fosters accurate treatment planning. Using a 20 second, high-speed scan, the iCAT captures TMJ open jaw views quickly and accurately and can detect restricted airways. Once the doctor has reviewed the scan, he can determine appropriate treatments.

iCat Enchaned Features:

  • Fast Scan Time (20 seconds)
  • Minimal patient radiation
  • Comfortable design
  • Fast reconstruction time (usually producing 3-D images in under one minute)

 

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Joint Vibration Analysis / Jaw Tracker top

adfJoint Vibration Analysis (JVA) records the vibrations produced by the jaw when it is in motion. Designed to only capture the "sounds" of the jaw joint, it accurately quantifies the amount of vibration from the jaw and allows the doctor to understand how the joint is impaired (because of clicking, popping, etc.) and categorize it. This technique will also assist the doctor in monitoring the progress of treatment.

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The Jaw Tracker (JT) uses a small but strong magnet to record the way in which the mouth opens and closes and the position which is most comfortable. With this understanding, the doctor can better design an oral appliance to rehabilitate the TMJ and secure it in an aligned and comfortable position.

 

 

MLS Laser top

Through the action of photo-stimulation of light reactive biological receptors (chromophores) in the body, laser therapy has demonstrated the ability to significantly accelerate and enhance the body's production of ATP and increase in biological signal transduction that stimulates repair in injuries, reduction of inflammation and adjuvant therapy in certain disease processes. Multiple clinical studies in Canada, Europe, Asia, and Australia have noted the following results and applications of laser therapy:

  • Decreased pain levels
  • Reduced inflammation
  • Increased tissue proliferation & regeneration
  • Accelerated soft tissue and bone repair
  • Increased tissue tensile strength
  • Enhanced nerve regeneration & function
  • Increased cell metabolism
  • Increased enzymatic responses
  • Increased cell membrane potentials
  • Increased microcirculation & vasodilation
  • Increased lymphatic flow
  • Increased collagen production
  • Enhanced angiogenesis

Dental Applications:

  • Periodontal disease
  • Post-Extraction wounds
  • Post-Scaling trauma
  • Cold sores
  • Canker sores
  • Cranial suture stimulation
  • Dentine hypersensitivity
  • Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) Dysfunction
  • Head, neck & shoulder musculoskeletal problems

Pain Management:

  • Fibromyalgia
  • Myofascial pain
  • Cervical neck pain
  • Low back pain
  • Joint pain
  • Trigeminal neuralgia

Inflammatory Conditions:

  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Tendonitis
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Bursitis

Connective Tissue Injury / Disorders:

  • Sprains
  • Strains
  • Tendonitis
  • Tendon ruptures

Joint Injuries / Disorders:

  • TMJ disorders
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Dislocations
  • Ligament injury

Muscle Injuries / Disorders:

  • Muscle bruises, contusions
  • Muscle ruptures
  • Muscle trigger points

Neurological injury / disorders:

  • Prolapsed disk
  • Ruptured disk
  • Crush injuries
  • Neuritis
  • Trigeminal neuralgia
  • Tinnitus

Skin injuries / conditions:

  • Surgical incisions
  • Eczema
  • Psoriasis
  • Skin ulcers
  • Burns
  • Skin grafts

 

 

 

Vectra Genisys Ultrasound top

adfVectra Ultrasound

Ultrasound utilizes ultrasound waves that gently pass through muscle, nerve, and connective tissue to reduce pain, muscle spasms, and joint inflammation. This unit also provides:

  • Relief of pain, muscle spasms and joint contractures that may be associated with:
    • Adhesive capsulitis
    • Bursitis with slight calcification
    • Myositis
    • Soft tissue injuries
    • Shortened tendons from past injuries and scar tissue
  • Relief of pain, muscle spasms and joint contractures that may be associated with:
    • Adhesive capsulitis
    • Bursitis with slight calcification
    • Myositis
    • Soft tissue injuries
    • Shortened tendons from past injuries and scar tissue
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Pharyngometer / Rhinometer top

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Airway evaluation is an intrinsic part of diagnosing and treating sleep apnea. Using the ECCOVISION Acoustic Pharyngometer, which sends harmless and painless sound waves down the airway to measure its diameter, we can target the kink in the hose of your airway and set parameters for treatment.

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Once we find the jaw position which will allow for maximum air intake, an oral appliance is custom-designed to rehabilitate the jaw in that position. This quick and easy process has been met with much success in our sleep patients.

 

Energex top

adfEnergex is a pulsed radio frequency tissue stimulation system that reduces the pain associated with TMD. It is a highly-effective, quick and painless in-office treatment used to relax the jaw joint so that the doctor can examine and diagnose the affected areas.