Advanced Technology for Sleep Apnea and TMJ Disorders

Dr. Rice Unfolds the Link Between OSA and TMD

For as long as we’ve known, sleep apnea and TMD are two completely different disorders. However, recent studies and many doctors’ experiences have been discovering an association between the two. They’ve been seeing a vast population of patients who suffer from OSA are also struggling with TMJ issues, but they’re just not aware of it.

A common symptom of obstructive sleep apnea is chronic headaches, which is also a correlation with complications of the jaw. When patients have disorders related to their temporomandibular joint (TMJ), they’re often clenching or grinding their teeth at night which can cause major tension on the muscles of the jaw, temple, and forehead. This overexertion of the muscles will lead to headaches and lack of efficient sleep which connect us back to OSA.

Dr. Rice is committed to caring for your condition so you can attain a healthier, more enjoyable life, whether you have obstructive sleep apnea, TMD, or both. At our Brentwood dental office, we use the Vatech Green CT Scanner to help analyze, diagnose, and treat your disorder.


The Vatech Green CT Scanner

At Middle Tennessee Dental Sleep Specialists, we proudly work with the Vatech Green CBCT 3D Imaging System to successfully manage TMJ disorders of our patients who also suffer from sleep apnea. Our Green CT scanner provides us with a 15 x 15 cm virtual view of your entire mouth, jaw, and face to identify or rule out the possibility of a TMJ disorder.

We want to ensure you’re receiving proper treatment for your condition or for both conditions. In order to accomplish this, we’re able to visualize and measure your airway, TMJ, sinus cavities, nasal passages, tongue size, teeth, and jaws all with the Green CT scanner. This helps Dr. Rice accurately and efficiently detect your disorder to determine which treatment plan is best for you.

Additionally, the Green CT truly is 'green', causing a minimal carbon footprint towards our patients, team, and environment. With a low radiation exposure and it's 17-second emitting time, the diagnosis process goes quicker than ever and makes it highly-tolerable for our patients. Your results can be read almost immediately and we have the capability to upload directly to an oral radiologist.

Does the Green CT Improve Sleep Apnea Treatment?

The Vetech Green CBCT 3D Imaging System is an outstanding improvement in dental sleep medicine that offers features to enhance the viewing experience, including the possibility of a TMJ disorder. This advanced technology allows us to accurately and effectively detect your disorder and create a precise treatment plan tailored to your needs.


Benefits of the Green CT

Our advanced Green CT technology provides many advantages and allows Dr. Rice to care for our patients with sleep apnea and TMJ problems. These benefits include:

  • Minimal x-ray exposure, significantly protecting both you and our team
  • A rapid scanner that provides an image within just 9-seconds
  • The finest imagery and various sizes for each diagnosis
  • Simple to use, allowing Dr. Rice to complete your detect your disorder within minutes
  • A more precise treatment plan created with its highly accurate diagnosis
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Is Green CT Technology Safe?

Yes! Our Green CT Scanner is a completely safe and effective technology used in dental sleep medicine. With minimal radiation exposure, this state-of-the-art system is designed to protect both our patients and team. The Green CT provides high-quality images in as little as nine seconds, significantly reducing the diagnosis process.


Revitalize Your Life with Dr. Rice

There’s no need to be wondering if you have sleep apnea, a TMJ disorder, or even both. The best method of diagnosis and treatment for the two disorders can be discovered in Brentwood, TN with Dr. Kellye Rice. As she uses our innovative Green CT Scanner technology to identify your complications, she can quickly provide treatment for sleep apnea or TMJ right away.

Call our office today to schedule your appointment and you’ll be feeling relief for your problems sooner than you know.

Practice Update Regarding COVID-19

To combat the spread of COVID-19, our office will only be offering virtual consultations to help evaluate the condition of your sleep apnea and discuss treatment options.


Please submit your information here for a call back from our team. If you have any questions or concerns, give us a call at 615-373-4488 and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible.


We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause, and we look forward to providing you with the highest quality care once we are able to return to our normal hours.


Thank you!


Kellye N. Rice

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