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Myofascial & Chronic Pain
in Longview, Washington

Myofascial pain is a chronic condition, but we can help. Visit Lower Columbia Oral Health for all your pain treatment needs.

Sedation Dentistry in Longview, Washington

If you live with chronic pain, you don’t have to suffer any longer. Dr. Wise is a renowned dental care expert. Holding three master’s degrees, Dr. Wise is trained to improve your overall health and treat chronic pain, including headaches, migraines, orofacial pain, and neuralgia. For incredible care from a globally-recognized specialist, call Lower Columbia Oral Health today.

What Is Myofascial Pain?

Sometimes the pain you’re experiencing isn’t coming from your tooth, but instead is occurring in your facial muscles. Myofascial pain syndrome is caused by inflammation in your body’s muscles and connective tissues. This condition can affect either a single muscle or an entire muscle group. In some cases, the areas of the body where you experience pain may not be where the source of the pain is located. This is known as referred pain.

What Causes Myofascial Pain?

Myofascial pain may develop due to a muscle injury or excessive strain on a muscle, muscle group, tendon, or ligament. Other causes include repetitive motions, repeated exertion, lack of activity or mobility (due to injuries, such as a broken arm in a cast or sling), injury to disks in the spine, or general fatigue.

What Are the Symptoms of Myofascial Pain?

Symptoms of myofascial pain typically involve pain with specific “trigger” points on the body. The pain is often made worse with activity or stress. Dr. Wise will perform a thorough examination to precisely identify and understand your body’s trigger points. There are four types of trigger points:

  • An active trigger point: An area of extreme pain or tenderness.
  • A latent trigger point: A dormant area on the body that may potentially act become a trigger point in the future.
  • A secondary trigger point: An extremely painful or tender place in the muscle that can become an active trigger point. This can happen due to a muscular overload in a neighboring muscle or muscle group.
  • A satellite trigger point: An extremely painful or tender place that can become inactive because it is close to a neighboring trigger point.

How Is Myofascial Pain Treated?

At Lower Columbia Oral Health, Dr. Wise and his team are proud to be the only office in the area that provides safe, effective myofascial pain. We use trigger point injection treatment to provide relief. During the procedure, Dr. Wise inserts a compound into the area to alleviate pain and deactivate the trigger point. Our patients have found great success with trigger point injections.

“Dr. Wise fixed my pain in one minute like a magician. I’ve been in pain for years,” said one patient after she received a trigger point injection.

“I didn’t realize how it feels to be pain-free until I met Dr. Wise,” said another patient.

Dr. Wise can treat a variety of conditions, including:

Orofacial Pain and Neuralgia

Orofacial pain refers to any pain felt in the mouth, jaws, and face. Neuralgia is a shocking pain that travels along the length of a nerve. This type of pain can occur in the face and mouth, sometimes presenting as other dental issues. Many other dentists misdiagnose the pain and discomfort of neuralgia as an infection in the tooth. Dr. Wise can diagnose your pain and determine its cause without performing unnecessary treatments or extracting teeth.

Headaches and Migraines

Dr. Wise and our team specialize in the diagnosis and management of chronic headaches and migraines. While other dentists are unable to provide an accurate diagnosis for these conditions, Dr. Wise uses his expertise to fully understand your unique case. He will perform a thorough examination and design treatment a plan to help you find long-lasting relief.

Further Reading:

Mayo Clinic: Myofascial Pain Syndrome

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Dr. Haghighi is the best dentist that our family has ever had. If I could give him 10 stars I would. He is so kind, gentle, does great dentistry and is affordable. His staff is also wonderful to interact with. Our family highly trusts this dentist and would recommend him.
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I've been to many dentists and dental offices over the years and have never received such exemplary care. Dr. Haghighi and his staff are an incredible bunch!
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Dr. & staff were friendly, empathetic & knowledgeable. They offer affordable dental care for those w/o insurance. I left after my hygiene appointment very happy & assured that I received excellent care.
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