On June 23, 2017, Dr. John Sarno passed away at the age of 93. A controversial figure in mind/body medicine as it relates to back pain, Dr. Sarno explored the connection between the mind, emotions and back pain. He was a truly a pioneer. He challenged his medical colleagues to consider the uncomfortable notion that the majority of back pain sufferers were in trouble not … [Read more...] about Dr. Sarno and My Approach to TMD
During this time of year it is common for my practice to see many patients who experience symptoms of TMJ from scuba diving or snorkeling. In fact, it has been reported that between 15%-20% of the people who scuba dive or snorkel have some level of jaw problem. To find out why, you first must understand the temporomandibular joints (TM’s) and how they function. Your TMJs are … [Read more...] about TMJ From Scuba Diving Or Snorkeling
During the past few years in my practice as a dentist who focuses primarily on TMJ and orofacial pain problems, I have seen a lot of success using Botox injections for TMJ to treat muscle pain and oral nerve pain. Botox is not suitable for every patient, however. Care must be taken as to when to use it, how to use it, and who is a good candidate. If you’re considering Botox as … [Read more...] about Botox Injections For TMJ – 6 Things You Need To Know
If you’ve never heard the term orofacial dentist, I’m not surprised. I’m one of only a few hundred formally trained orofacial dentists in the United States. That’s because orofacial dentists have not been terribly visible on the health care playing field. But that is changing. Orofacial dentists like me treat patients who suffer with pain of muscle origin, joint origin, … [Read more...] about What Is An Orofacial Dentist?
Every morning upon my arrival at work I glance at the list of patients due to be seen that day. My patients are primarily people who seek treatment for chronic orofacial pain. Some of them will be scheduled for a follow-up assessment and/or treatment. Others are first-time patients who seek answers to a problem that has recently emerged. And some are looking for answers to a … [Read more...] about Chronic Orofacial Pain – The 60/40 Rule