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
Two Case Studies As a dentist who specializes in TMJ problems, my patients often ask me how long the positive outcomes of their TMJ treatment will last. It can be challenging to answer this question due to the fact that most patients simply stop coming into the office for care when their pain or jaw function problems have gone away. That leaves me to assume that their goals … [Read more...] about TMJ Treatment Success – How Long Does It Last?
(I’m a dentist with a unique focus – I treat people who suffer from jaw problems associated with the temporomandibular joints - commonly known as TMJ.) Today’s blog deals with this question: Can Lyme disease cause TMJ? Starting in the early 90’s many patients have visited my office exhibiting all the common symptoms of TMJ - jaw pain, limited jaw opening, and severe … [Read more...] about Can Lyme Disease Cause TMJ?
Snoring and obstructive sleep apnea are not only disruptive to your bed partner; they may also be the cause of many other illnesses. And as we have seen in the news recently, can result in deadly vehicle accidents. If you have opted to wear an oral appliance at night for snoring and/or sleep apnea (as opposed to using a CPAP machine) you may have noticed that it’s not … [Read more...] about Is Your Sleep Apnea Appliance Working?