Is this familiar? You think your child is fast asleep, then suddenly, a screeching sound is coming out of his/her bedroom. What could be causing it? The most likely explanation is your child is grinding his teeth – an activity clinically known as sleep bruxism. Sleep bruxism, which is often associated with jaw pain (TMJ), is the most common problem seen in my practice for … [Read more...] about Your Child Is Grinding His Teeth – What Should You Do?
Identifying the origin of a patient’s chronic orofacial and TMJ pain is what makes my work both challenging and rewarding. Sometimes the answers are readily apparent while at other times uncovering important clues is more difficult. In all cases, there is no substitute for obtaining a careful history as the insights gained often help point to the mechanism of pain that is … [Read more...] about The Connection Between PTSD & TMJ
During the course of the year, I invariably see a number of patients whose level of orofacial pain suffering is extraordinarily high. One such group includes patients who relate a history of an eating disorder, most commonly bulimia nervosa. In these patients, there is often an absence of the typical physical findings found in those suffering from "TMD." But, there are … [Read more...] about TMD & The Eating Disorder Patient
As a doctor whose focus is on people who suffer from facial pain and the pain symptoms associated with Temporomandibular Disorders (commonly referred to as TMJ), I think about pain, a lot. A great deal of new scientific knowledge has been gained in my field in the past several years. Being familiar with this knowledge is an essential part of how I make difficult decisions … [Read more...] about Pain & The Brain – They’re Inseparable
In my practice, I often evaluate and treat patients who suffer from the effects of Sleep Bruxism. Bruxism is the clinical term for the act of clenching and/or grinding your teeth while you’re asleep. Sleep Bruxism can cause all kinds of problems for people of any age. Most of the patients who end up in my office complain of some, or all, of the following issues, particularly … [Read more...] about 4 Surprising Reasons You Grind Your Teeth