Welcome to the TMJ and Sleep Therapy Centre of London based at The London Sleep Centre

The TMJ & Sleep Therapy Service is led by Dr Karina Patel BDS (London)

Karina graduated from Kings College London and spent 4 years in private practice in Australia focusing her special interests in Neuromuscular and Advanced cosmetic dentistry. During this spell of advanced education Karina also completed two years of intensive study with international lecturer and orthodontist Dr Derek Mahony.

Dr Patel undertook further training in the USA with TMJ & Sleep Therapy Centre International Group founder Dr Steven Olmos, to provide the latest and most successful techniques for TMJ Disorders.

Karina is one of the only American Trained and Accredited Dental Sleep Medicine and Craniofacial Pain experts in the United Kingdom.

Our Expertise

Our expertise is the evaluation and treatment of TMJ Disorders, Craniofacial Pain and Headaches as they interact with Sleep Disordered Breathing and Sleep Apnoea. Our approach involves a multi-disciplinary team evaluation for accurate diagnosis using state-of-art technologies and our treatments are grounded in scientific evidence-based knowledge.

We are the first TMJ Sleep Therapy Centre in the EU and the first in the world to be based within a multi-disciplinary Sleep Centre – The London Sleep Centre – www.londonsleepcentre.com – a world renowned centre for the diagnosis and treatment of the full range of sleep disorders where our integrated approach to the diagnosis and treatment of patients is well established.

There is substantial scientific literature documenting the co-existence of TMJ disorders, craniofacial pain and headaches with Sleep Disordered Breathing and Sleep Apnoea. The overlap and the interface between sleep disorders, TMJ disorders and Craniofacial Pain is now well established. This is why The TMJ & Sleep Therapy Centre of London has been integrated into The London Sleep Centre. We are now able to provide a comprehensive evaluation and treatment programme for patients with TMJ Disorders and Craniofacial Pain and provide these patients effective, non-invasive therapies.

Whether you are a patient with headaches and facial pain symptoms that have advanced to chronic pain status, or you or your spouse has OSA and us unable to tolerate, or it is your child or grandchild who is experiencing sleep terrors, or difficulty concentrating in school … we can help!

We are dedicated exclusively to the treatments of sleep breathing disorders, craniofacial pain, headache pain, and other related symptoms. Our approach is a comprehensive evaluation for diagnosing and providing research based non-invasive treatment therapies. Our commitment to our patients is a caring and friendly environment where their optimum health is our priority.

If you suffer from a TMJ disorder you may experience:

  • Clenching or grinding teeth/jaws
  • Headaches
  • Facial Pain
  • Shoulder stiffness
  • Loss of sense of balance
  • Ringing in the ears (tinnitus)
  • Ear pain
  • Throat pain
  • Vertigo
  • Facial asymmetry
  • Ringing, throbbing or stuffiness in the ears
  • Sleep difficulties
  • Teeth that do not meet properly
  • Difficulty chewing or swallowing
  • Neck or back pain
  • Tingling or numbness in arms
  • Teeth sensitive to cold or touch
  • Unexplained looseness of teeth
  • Dizziness
  • Pain or pressure behind eyes
  • Limited movement or locking of the jaws
  • Clicking or grating jaw joint sounds
  • Forward head posture / ears are toward front of the shoulders when standing at a comfortable rest position.

Latest Articles

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TMJ Disorders

Temporomandibular joint and muscle disorders (TMDs) refer to a complex set of conditions that can cause pain in the area of the jaw joint and associated muscles and/or problems using the jaw. Both or just one of the TM joints may be affected.

Sleep Apnoea

Snoring is a sound produced when the air passes through relaxed tissue in the back of the throat. Sleep Apnoea is best described as intermittent breathing or stopping breathing during sleep; Apnoea is a Greek word meaning “without breath”.


Proper diagnosis allows us to get to the route cause of symptoms such as headache allowing us to provide effective treatment. There are many different types of headaches, some of which may indicate an underlying medical condition.


Sleep disorders such as Apnoea can affect a child’s growth and development potential. Bedwetting, irritability, ADHD/ADD, and many other childhood ailments may be the result of a sleep problem.


Early interceptive treatment allows us to re-align the bones of the jaw for optimal breathing and airway position. As well as creating beautiful smiles we are able to analyze a childs development early to optimize our results.


You do not have to be a gymnast or Olympic cyclist to benefit from these appliances. Even if you are an avid gym goer you can benefit from the effects of restored structural balance. The process used to create these mouthguards is more than just a generic boil.

Health and Nutrition

A healthy diet is very important and it is essential to understand that every individual might need different requirements. Foods that aren’t right for you can mean you’re your body carries a lot of inflammation and can suffer the consequences.


The TMJ and Sleep Therapy centre of London promotes the technology available for the relief of pain and quicker healing. Laser therapy aims to photo-bio-stimulate chemically damaged cells via specific wavelengths of light.

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