Neuropathic pain, or nerve pain, disorders are a set of pain conditions resulting from disorder or injury to the nervous system.

Damage to or dysfunction of the nerves of the peripheral or central nervous system can cause pain signals to be sent to the brain. This damage or dysfunction may result in the chronic pain condition known as neuropathic pain.

  • Neuropathic pain may be continuous or episodic.
  • Episodic attacks are often described as an “electric shock” type of pain.
  • Continuous attacks are often experienced as prolonged aching, burning, sensitivity
  • Neuropathic pain can be present without any visible or easily identified problem

Neuropathic orofacial pain conditions refer to those with symptoms that primarily affect a patient’s mouth and face.

Examples of Neuropathic Pain

  • Trigeminal Neuralgia
  • Post Herpetic Trigeminal Neuropathy – nerve pain following “shingles”
  • Burning Mouth Syndrome
  • Atypical Odontalgia- “Phantom tooth pain”; pain felt in or near a tooth with no actual problem in the tooth
  • Oral nerve injury neuropathy
  • Occipital Neuralgia

Causes of Neuropathic Pain

  • Various illnesses including viral infections
  • Nerve compression
  • Tumors
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Physical injury

Dr. Bloxham has extensive training in diagnosing and treating orofacial neuropathic disorders. These disorders can be extremely painful and disabling! Fortunately for those suffering from facial neuropathies there are a number of treatments that have been found effective. A combination of treatments and therapies is often found most effective in managing orofacial neuropathic pain symptoms. Call Columbia Center for Sleep Apnea and TMJ today to find relief!