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CASE REPORT
Year : 2021  |  Volume : 6  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 38-40

Stabilization occlusal appliance therapy for cervical dystonia


Department of Medical Education, College of Medicine, King Saud bin Abdulaziz University for Health Sciences, Ministry of National Guard Health Affairs, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Abdullah Mohammed Alzahem
Deanship of Quality Management, King Saud bin Abdulaziz University for Health Sciences, PO Box 3660 (Mail Code 3139), Riyadh 11481
Saudi Arabia
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/ijas.ijas_3_22

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Cervical dystonia (CD) is a neurological movement disorder causing awkward head position, affects very few people with unknown clear etiology, and has no full cure. The patient diagnosed with CD can be managed by botulinum toxin therapy and antidystonic agents. Understanding the biomechanics of skull structure used in jaw alignment and raising the vertical dimension of occlusion (VDO) through occlusal stabilization appliance (OSA) therapy to improve the symptoms of the CD. This case report showed significant improvement of CD symptoms by OSA therapy. Vertical distraction of temporomandibular joints and jaw alignment achieved by OSA with gradual increase in VDO. Stabilization occlusal appliance therapy improved the cervical muscles contraction and the skull cervical collapse in case diagnosed with CD.


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