Re: TMJ Dizziness
I really recommend that trigger point release work to help with some of your symptoms.
Your specialist sounds much like one that I originally saw too. Many tmj specialists take different approaches. I went to a couple highly trained specialists before I found the one that was right for me. Your specialist is taking a conservative approach that works well for many people. If you can get relief with the conservative approach, that would be the best option.
I will say that I tried a device that sounds almost exactly the same as what you are trying. Actually, twice with two different specialists. I was a major bruxer (grinder) when I started treatment. In my case, they actually made things much worse. The specialists tried adjusting them and they were comfortable enough, but I was in such pain that I ended up giving them up after a couple weeks respectively.
Shots may help. I know some people found relief with botox. Prolotherapy may also be an option.
My discs had slipped which resulted in my lower jaw being pushed back a few mm into my ear. The repositioning splint has helped me get the jaw forward and which has allowed the muscles to loosen and kept the jaw from being constantly pushed into my ear. I lost a lot of hearing in one year, had stuffiness and some bad ear pain. I chose to go with a bit more aggressive treatment since I was so worried about the hearing loss and wanted to stop from losing more. (After 3 years, my hearing loss is no longer getting worse and I rarely have tinnitus. The pain is gone much of the time, but I still have it occassionally as I progress through my treatment.)
I'm curious. With all of your testing to get your diagnosis, what did they actually say your problems were with your TMJ?
In my case, I had: condyle degeneration, bone loss, slipped discs, myofacial pain, cervicalgia, and tooth wear from the bruxing.
There is a book called The TMJ Healing Plan by Cynthia Peterson that I highly recommend. It gives a lot of info on tmjd, things you can do on your own, specialists you may find helpful and treatments doctors may recommend.
Asthma, Allergies, severe LPR/GERD, Anemia, TMJD, Hearing Loss, Ulnar Impaction Syndrome, Shoulder Impingement--both shoulders, Benign Joint Hypermobility, possible Ehlers Danlos Syndrome