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Old 05-26-2003, 10:04 PM   #1
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Hi There,

I wanted all of your opinions on this. My son's consult. with the new tmjd specialist is on Wednesday. Now, this is only for his opinion on him, and to see if he thinks that he can offer us anything. I was also considering getting him in for a consult. with a neuromuscular dentist. Same idea, get his opinion. (I know of someone in my area that was recommended some time ago, I just didn't know that he was a neuromuscular dentist until researching it) His problems are of muscular nature. I really don't know who would be best, should I go to both and see what they both say, and then go from there? I just don't know which route to go.

My thoughts were to see both and see who I felt would be best for him. (I just don't want to waste any time seeing the 'wrong' people, though) Any thoughts?

Cheryl

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Old 05-27-2003, 05:52 AM   #2
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Cheryl,

Of course all dentists and their abilities, beliefs, and methods are different, but neuromuscular dentists are supposed to deal mainly (but not exclusively) with muscle issues. I know it is not cheap, but if you would like to and can afford it, I would see both dentists and go from there. Worst case senario-you love them both and have to make a decision.

Good luck! Let us know how it goes.
TC

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Old 05-27-2003, 06:19 AM   #3
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TC,

Thanks for your reply. I've spent the last few hours debating on whether to call the neuromuscular dentist, and finally did. A consult., to see what he thinks can't hurt. Anyway, the lady that I spoke with seemed very nice. She was upset that he's gone this long with no relief, and of course, his age. She took down a lot of information, and said that the whole pain clinic referral thing was 'ridiculous'. I mentioned who referred me, and they're going to see him this Thursday. (I'm sort of excited, but trying not to get my hopes up too high) She also said that they'd only charge me $40 for a consult., and would work with my insurance company if we chose treatment there, and of course, if the doctor felt that he could help him. (that helps) I finally feel as if I'm accomplishing something. (trying to find adequate treatment) Today, the last appt. with the 'old' tmj doctor. Tomorrow, a consult. with a 'new' tmj doctor, and Thursday, a neuromuscular dentist. Boy, I hope to God that one of these people can help him.
Have a nice day!

Cheryl

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Old 05-27-2003, 06:45 AM   #4
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Cheryl,

Wow $40, you can't beat that! Of course they won't know EXACTLY what they are looking at until they do an EMG (muscle test) and possibly some others. If you have your films from the MRI they may want to look at those, too. I know my dentist would. I am currently seeing a neuromuscular dentist and am hoping that it will help. My problem seems to be both structural and muscular.

I wish you both the best of luck. I will be keeping you in my prayers.



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Old 05-27-2003, 07:18 AM   #5
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Good morning Cheryl I think that each approach is worth checking out. I do not know what the other TMJ specialist works with, as you know, I know about the neuromuscular. Cheryl, I want you to know that is not cheap going to dentist for the actual treatment. My cost, $4,600.00. Plus we decided to get the tens unit as a support until I am stablized. (I paid $550.00 for the tens unit, but I think that was really low, I do not think he put any additional cost to the unit, I think that is his cost)My neuro said it should be about 6 months before I am stablized. Now, I also need to say that ANY form of dental work in the state I live in is WAY over priced, due to the lack of population. We have a friend right now that headed back home to Oklahoma for a crown becuase the dentists here want anywhere from $1,800 - $2,400 for a crown! So he went back to his old dentist in Oklahoma where it is costing him $650.00!
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Old 05-27-2003, 01:38 PM   #6
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Cathleen and Diane,

Thank you both for responding to me. The $40 is only for the consult., nothing more. (which from hearing from the both of you, that's a plus) I have researched both, (tmj specialist and neuromuscular dentist) but I feel that I need to research the neuromuscular end a bit more. Luckily, I still have all of the MRI's and panoramic x-rays, so I can take those along. I get the impression that the neuromuscular end is quite a bit more advanced with the muscle issues, than the tmj specialist. (which his case is completely muscular)

I do understand that a neuromuscular dentist can be quite costly. If it were me, I'd probably think twice, but unfortunately, it's not.

I just need to hear what they both say, and figure things out from there, sticking with this current tmj specialist, I feel as if I've been wasting time, and not my time, I might add. I'll let you know what they both say, and boy, am I going to need advice then!!!!

Thanks again,
Cheryl

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Old 05-27-2003, 01:40 PM   #7
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Cheryl,
Sorry, I didn't see this post till after I answered you on the other one. I think what you are doing, going to both specialists for consults and taking it from there, is a good idea. That way you have many options and different opinions on what to do next. Then you and Mike can sit down and figure out what the next step will be. I never knew there was such a thing as a neuromuscular dentist. Good to know that. (just in case) Take care and keep us posted. Michelle


 
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Michelle,

Thanks for the support. It helps when others tell you that you're doing the right thing. I hope that one of these 2 are the 'right' one!
Cheryl

 
Old 05-27-2003, 04:16 PM   #9
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Hi Cheryl:
I apologize that I am so late in answering your post. I think you did the right thing in going to see both dentists. I have learned that the more I know about my condition the better it is for me. What I mean by that is this..by now you know when someone is feeding you a bunch of garbage and when you are hearing something that could actually help rather than someone only interested in $$$$$$$$$$$$. Mike is so lucky to have a mom like you who will go to any lengths to see him well. Would you mind adopting me? Anyway, do let us know what this dentist says after you see him.
Tiffany

[Edited to remove words and letters suggestive of vulgarity. A "bunch of garbage" is better. Thanks - Well-come Moderator.]

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Old 05-27-2003, 04:40 PM   #10
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Thanks Tiffany,

You're right! The more we know and learn, the more apt we are to find a 'good' doctor/dentist out there. (otherwise, they could feed us anything!) I feel that between seeing the two, (with the knowledge that I've acquired, thanks to all of you) I should have a pretty good idea as to who would more likely be able to offer us help. Have a good night, Tiffany.

Cheryl

 
Old 05-27-2003, 04:50 PM   #11
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Hi Cheryl!
Oh Tiffany, you are great! I was thinking the samething, would you adopt me Cheryl?!
Cheryl you are just a wonderful mother, you are awesome!
Have a great night
Diane

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Old 05-27-2003, 05:02 PM   #12
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Diane and Tiffany,

The both of you are sweet, but I'm only doing what I'm sure the both of you would do if you were in my shoes. You two have a good night, and please let me know how the both of you are doing with your appt.'s, too.
Cheryl

 
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