Dr. Yves Delessert - Avenue Cardinal-Mermillod 1 - 1227 Carouge - CH - Tel : +41 22 300 67 60

K7 equipment from Myotronics-Noromed Inc.

K7 equipment from Myotronics-Noromed Inc.

What is neuromuscular dentistry ?

Neuromuscular Dentistry (NMD) is the science of dentistry that embodies accepted scientific principles of patho-physiology, anatomy, form and function. NMD objectively evaluates the complex relationship between teeth, temporomandibular joints and the masticatory muscles in order to achieve an occlusion that is based on the optimal relationship between the mandible and the skull - Neuromuscular Occlusion. The goal of the Neuromuscular Dentist is to relax the muscles controlling jaw position to establish a true physiological rest position.

What is TE​NS ?

Neuromuscular Dentistry begins with the true relaxation of the muscles through the use of TENS (Transcutaneous Electrical Neural Stimulation). TENS is a widely used term, but as used in Neuromuscular Dentistry it is more properly called ultra-low frequency electrical muscle stimulation. The goal is to overcome the existing noxious proprioception and achieve a relaxed state of the musculature. From this relaxed state, a new occlusion (neuromuscular occlusion) is established and can be used for your dental treatments. 

J5 TENS unit from Myotronics-Noromed Inc.

Muscles activity, before and after TENS

Why use TENS ?

Muscles of the face and neck are often "programmed" (propriocepted) to control head and mandibular posture in a way that accommodates occlusion, even though that particular occlusion may be less than ideal. 

Dr. Delessert wants to relax these tensed muscles to find their true resting state and establish your occlusion at that position. As it is impossible to voluntarily overcome this proprioception by oneself, "TENS" is used. 

A secondary use of low frequency stimulation is to achieve drug-free pain relief of pain of muscular origin.