As an orofacial pain specialist, I treat patients 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 … [Read more...] about Pain And 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 successful 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 … [Read more...] about Successful TMJ Treatment – How Long Will It Last?
As a specialist in orofacial pain and TMJ for over 30 years, it's my conclusion that the impact of Lyme Disease on the peripheral and central nervous systems can produce nerve and muscle pain that mimics the symptoms of TMJ. But can Lyme Disease cause TMJ? Starting in the early 90’s many patients have visited my office exhibiting the symptoms of TMJ - jaw pain, limited jaw … [Read more...] about Can Lyme Disease Cause TMJ? – 3 Case Studies
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?