Pain is your body’s way of communicating that something isn’t right.
For example, your muscles, teeth, Tempororomadibular Joint (TMJ), and spinal joints all work together to perform functions such as chewing, talking, swallowing, holding your head up, and controlling your airway.
If any of these are out of synch or uncoordinated, the others are affected and a pain signal can be sent.
That’s why many conditions go misdiagnosed or unresolved that could actually be caused by a TMJ-related issues and properly treated to provide relief.
TMJ Syndrome (or TMJ Disorder) covers a complex set of conditions, and there may be many different ways that these issues appear.
This disorder may often cause pain over the joint in front of the ear (which could radiate to other areas), sharp and searing pain triggered by yawning, talking, swallowing, or chewing, or it could cause a constant, dull ache.
In addition to pain, you may experience other symptoms such as snoring, sleep disorders, low energy, or exhausted.
What to expect when visiting
Tired of living with Orofacial Pain? Here’s what to expect when you visit Dr. Brandon Snell!
Franny Froehlke Kirby
My name is Brie Gilley, a 29-year-old married mother of two living a busy lifestyle. I have always been prone to stress and worry, particularly about things beyond my control. Recently, I started experiencing flare-ups on the right side of my face and jaw, accompanied by pain that radiates to the back of my neck and shoulders. These episodes used to last just a few days and occur infrequently, but they have become more intense and prolonged in the past six months. The pain has been unbearable, disrupting my sleep and requiring me to rely on pain relievers. I even resorted to sleeping with an icepack to reduce inflammation and alleviate the discomfort. I noticed that certain foods and stressful situations trigger these flare-ups more frequently. That’s when I saw Dr. Brandon Snell’s OROFACIAL PAIN CLINIC sign and decided to reach out. The next day, I spoke with Mrs. Dawn to schedule an evaluation, and she provided me with helpful information regarding insurance and appointment costs. The evaluation with Dr. Snell was thorough, and he showed great professionalism, knowledge, and a positive attitude. He took the time to listen to my long-standing stress and anxiety issues and provided valuable guidance. Dr. Snell diagnosed me and discussed a treatment plan that included a night-time mouth guard to address my teeth clenching and grinding. Although the mouthguard was a bit pricey, the relief I have experienced is worth every penny. I am immensely grateful to Dr. Snell and his team for their help and support. I highly recommend them to individuals of all ages seeking relief from orofacial pain.
He has cured my severe jaw pain from TMJ. Very much worth the cost!
My wife Yong I. Thatcher suffered from TMJ, facial pain, and chronic head pain. We sought treatment at various medical facilities, including the University of Seattle and University of Alabama, but experienced little relief. Despite trying numerous treatments since 1986, her symptoms persisted. After a referral, we came across Dr. Brandon Snell, DMD in Enterprise, Alabama. During our initial visit, Dr. Brandon thoroughly examined Yong’s medical history and symptoms. He took his time to understand her condition and recommended unique treatments that we had never heard of before. We trusted his expertise and decided to proceed with his recommended treatment. Dr. Brandon provided Yong with a specially designed appliance, and we returned home with hopeful prayers. Within just three days, we began to witness positive changes in Yong’s face movements, eye movements, and overall stability. At our next appointment, Dr. Brandon and his staff were amazed by the transformation in Yong’s face. This experience has been one of the most life-changing milestones for us. As a pastor of 28 years, I consider it a blessing from the Lord that our family found relief through Dr. Brandon and his team. We sincerely thank them and offer our prayers for their continued success.
Treating TMJ Disorders- Because no two patients are the same, treatment plans vary based on your specific needs. First, a thorough evaluation is performed to establish a tailored Treatment Plan. We can begin treatment as soon as possible, including same-day scheduling.
Treating Obstructive Sleep Apnea- If you have been diagnosed with sleep apnea, we can help. C-Pap machines are wonderful tools that can assist in effectively managing sleep apnea, but they may not be the best method for every patient. We can provide products and treatment for anyone affected by sleep apnea, including patients that are C-Pap intolerant, are seeking C-Pap alternatives, or are experiencing especially challenging cases of sleep apnea.
Treating these conditions is our specialty.
We can help you find relief.
Dr. Brandon Snell, DMD
Dr. Brandon Snell is a specialist in treating TMJ disorders.
Dr. Snell is a General Dentist who has had extensive training and experience in TMJ disorders, orofacial pain, chronic headaches and sleep disorders. He has practiced General Dentistry for the last 10 years in the Wiregrass area and considers his career in Dentistry a calling. He enjoys serving his community by helping patients with their dental needs.
Dr. Snell’s extensive training in TMJ disorders and Orofacial Pain began after his graduation from UAB in 2011. He has taken over 400 hours of continuing education. In addition to his CE hours, Dr. Snell has challenged and passed the written part of the American Academy Orofacial Pain Boards. After completion and passing of the oral portion of the board exam, he will be a fully boarded Orofacial Pain Specialist.
Dr. Snell and his staff look forward to providing you, your family, and your friends with the highest standard of dental care.