Have you ever experienced facial pain, but weren’t quite sure why it was happening? Peripheral neuropathy is the result of damage to your peripheral nerves. When this damage occurs, it often causes:

  • Weakness
  • Numbness
  • Pain

The peripheral nervous system sends information from your brain and spinal cord to the rest of your body. When damage occurs, it can be the result of:

  • Traumatic injuries
  • Infections
  • Metabolic problems
  • Inherited causes
  • Exposure to toxins

And, one of the most common causes is diabetes. Let’s take a closer look at peripheral neuropathies and how your dentist can help relieve facial nerve pain.

Living with Pain

Let’s face it; living with pain is, well, a pain. Regardless of your specific condition, coping with the painful symptoms of facial neuropathies can be a difficult and stressful experience. These conditions are not well known just yet, which poses an added challenge in treatment, but there are options available to help relieve pain in the meantime. Relaxation techniques, meditation, and engaging in enjoyable hobbies and activities may help to provide some sort of relief from psychological stresses.

When to Visit Your Dentist

It is important to seek medical care right away if you notice anything unusual, including tingling, or pain in your face. Fortunately for those suffering from facial neuropathies, while much is not known about the exact causes, a number of treatments are currently available and have been found effective. A combination of treatments and therapies may be needed, but they each work together to provide the most effective treatment for managing facial neuropathic pain symptoms. As with all neuropathic pain conditions, treatment plans for those disorders will vary from person to person and will be discussed with your dentist and doctor.

Contact Craniofacial Pain & Dental Sleep Center of Georgia for more information on peripheral neuropathies and how we can help relieve your pain.