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Neuropathic Pain Disorder


Southern California Institute of Oral Pain and Sleep Apnea

Neuropathic Pain Disorder

Neuropathic pain is a complex, chronic pain condition typically caused by damage or disease affecting the nervous system. Based in Los Angeles, Dr. Bruce Vafa DDS. MSc., a specialist in Oral and Maxillofacial Pain and Oral Diseases, offers an extensive understanding of this disorder and its relationship with oral health.

Understanding Neuropathic Pain Disorder

Neuropathic pain arises when there’s an injury or malfunction in the nervous system. This type of pain differs from the usual pain messages carried along healthy nerves from damaged tissue that might result from a burn or a cut. It often manifests as a shooting or burning pain, and can be unprovoked or triggered by events that are typically not painful, such as brushing your teeth.

Neuropathic Pain and Oral Health

Neuropathic pain disorders can have a significant impact on oral health. Trigeminal neuralgia, a severe facial pain disorder, is one example of neuropathic pain. It is characterized by intense, stabbing bouts of pain in the lower face and jaw or around the nose and eyes. Other oral conditions such as burning mouth syndrome or atypical facial pain can also be considered as part of neuropathic disorders.

Symptoms of Neuropathic Pain

Common symptoms include spontaneous burning or shooting pain, an increased sensitivity to touch, or a sensation of numbness, tingling, or weakness. Symptoms might be constant or intermittent, and can vary widely in severity. In the context of oral health, patients might experience pain when speaking, chewing, or brushing their teeth.

Diagnosis and Treatment by Dr. Bruce Vafa

Dr. Vafa’s approach to diagnosing neuropathic pain involves a thorough examination and review of the patient’s medical history. Depending on the symptoms, Dr. Vafa may use specific diagnostic tests to assess nerve function. Following a diagnosis, Dr. Vafa develops a comprehensive, individualized treatment plan that can include medications, lifestyle modifications, and therapeutic interventions to manage the disorder.

Meet Dr. Bruce Vafa


Dr. Bruce Vafa specializes in holistic care, offering lasting relief without medication or surgery. Experience personalized treatment for a pain-free life.

When it comes to understanding and treating neuropathic pain disorders, Dr. Bruce Vafa’s expertise stands unparalleled. His advanced training in Oral and Maxillofacial Pain and Oral Diseases allows him to assess and treat these conditions effectively. With his patient-centered approach, Dr. Vafa prioritizes delivering personalized care in a comforting environment. For individuals dealing with neuropathic pain disorders, Dr. Vafa is the trusted choice in Los Angeles, providing comprehensive care that targets the root causes, not just the symptoms.

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Dr. Bruce Vafa has been a true lifesaver for me. Suffering from debilitating TMJ pain for years, I had tried countless treatments with little success until I found Dr. Vafa at the Southern California Institute of Oral Pain and Sleep Apnea. With his expertise and compassionate care, he crafted a personalized treatment plan that targeted the root cause of my TMJ pain. Under his guidance, I experienced remarkable progress, and now I live a pain-free life. Dr. Vafa is a remarkable TMJ specialist, and I highly recommend him to anyone seeking lasting relief.

Arman P.

Dr. Bruce Vafa is truly the best! I was suffering from sleep apnea, feeling exhausted and low on energy every day. Thanks to Dr. Vafa’s expertise and care at the Southern California Institute of Oral Pain and Sleep Apnea, my life has completely turned around. Now, I wake up refreshed, happier, and full of energy. Dr. Vafa is an exceptional sleep apnea specialist who has made a profound difference in my quality of life. I cannot thank him enough.

Mary F.

Dr. Bruce Vafa is a true miracle worker! I had been suffering from oral pain for a long time, and my previous dentist couldn’t provide answers. Thankfully, I found Dr. Vafa at the Southern California Institute of Oral Pain and Sleep Apnea. With his expertise, he accurately diagnosed and treated me, relieving my pain and restoring my smile. Dr. Vafa is simply amazing!

Ben J.

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