TENS is an acronym for transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation. One of the most effective forms of TMJ treatment, a TENS unit stimulates nerves with slight electrical pulses, immediately relaxing muscles and eliminating pain and discomfort. Fairfax, Virginia neuromuscular dentist Dr. Pamela Marzban often uses a TENS unit alone or as a combined approach to treat acute symptoms of TMD.


One of the first steps in TMD treatment is the relief of pain. In many cases, over the counter medications are too weak to diminish discomfort, but prescription pain medications can be both addictive and debilitating. By contrast, a TENS unit treatment isnoninvasiveand incredibly effective, and will not result in addiction.

A TENS unit uses electrical stimulation to decrease the transmission of pain signals to the brain. At the same time, the stimulation from a TENS unit encourages muscle relaxation which may help your jaw return to its proper alignment. There is substantial evidence that suggests TENS stimulation causes a release of serotonin as well, reducing anxiety and nervousness that can accompany TMJ pain.

If you live in or around Burke, Fairfax, or Fairfax Station, Virginia and are suffering from pain caused by TMD, please contact Dr. Pamela Marzban to schedule a TENS unit consultation today.