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Old 05-28-2003, 07:38 PM   #1
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Hi Guys:
I am trying to get together a list of questions to ask when I go for my TMJ appointment. I want to make sure to cover everything and I was hoping you guys could help me by giving me an idea of what I should ask when I see him. I am trying to make sure to cover as much as I can in the first appointment. So could you guys list some questions that I should make sure to ask...
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Tiffany

 
Old 05-28-2003, 08:36 PM   #2
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Hi Tiffany,

Did you get your MRI results, yet? I've taken all of his tests with us. (MRI's, x-rays, CT scans, etc...) I mean any and all tests that have pertained to this condition. I also take a list of all the drugs he's tried, as well as what he currently takes. Make a list of all doctors/dentists that you've seen for this problem. (they usually ask) Today, I took all 3 splints that he's tried so that the doctor has an idea of what hasn't worked. (plus he gets to check out the wear and tear on each one) If you've ever went to PT, Masso., Chiro., or anything else, mention this, too. I'm sorry, I know that these aren't questions to ask, but I feel if they know every detail of your past treatments, they're more likely to help you more. When is your appt.? If I think of anything else, I'll let you know.
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Old 05-28-2003, 08:59 PM   #3
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Hi Cheryl:

Thanks for your comments. I see my first TMJ dentist next week, and was wondering the same thing as Tiffany.
When you say to take a list of the dentists you've seen, do you give the dentist their names, or just their specialties? The reason I ask is that I've found that when I tell a dentist who else I've seen, they usually ask what they said. Often then, the current dentist doesn't look beyond what the past ones said. I'm afraid if I mention names, the TMJ dentist will be impressed by someone's credentials or reputation, or may even be a friend.

One dentist I saw (a prosthedontist) has quite a good reputation, and yet he wanted to grind down my wisdom teeth, which may then need capping, and make adjustments to also every other tooth in my mouth. Thankfully, I found this board before I went through that, because based on the board, there are all kinds of appliances that might get my jaw and muscles back in line without me having to go through such drastic, irreversible steps. So, in my mind, this dentist isn't very impressive, and why didn't he identify the problem as TMJD? Yet several other dentists I've seen think he's great.

Have you run into this?

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Old 05-28-2003, 09:15 PM   #4
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Tiffany,

I have a appointment with my current specialist next Wed. I got his email address, and emailed a long history of my condition/treatments... because I wanted him to go over my dental/medical records again, to evaluate my situation better. I also asked him some questions regarding splints and diagnostic tests. I called his receptionist and told her to tell him that I have a email message for him to read. I told her to make sure he reads it before our appointment time. This will save alot of his time with me at the office, and he will digest it better if he gets the message ahead of time.

The only other thing I can say to you, is take your time and think about what you really want to ask him -down on paper before you see him. When you do see him, ask, ask, ask,!

Hope this helps. Have a good evening.

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Hi Arleen,

I give them names AND specialties. It may sound crazy, but I don't want them looking at my son and saying, well, his mother has it, that's probably why he does. (I've run into that, so I no longer disclose it) The doctor today asked what one certain specialist had said concerning my son, and I asked another question-quickly. The second time that he asked, I told him (nicely) that I was there for 'his' opinion. It worked out okay.

I took my son to see a specialist who everyone said was so great. Well, after making 1 splint for him and it not working, he said that it was all stress-related, and wanted to send him to a pain clinic to learn to live like that! I'm his mother, I definitely don't buy that! Sometimes when dentists or doctors say that that someone is so great, we spend a short time with them and realize they're not. Usually the people that say they're so great aren't the ones suffering! Everyone is different.
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Cheryl

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Old 05-28-2003, 09:55 PM   #6
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Hi Cheryl:

I've been reading about your son's problems. Someone you saw recently sounded wonderful - I can't remember who, it might have been a chiropractic or similar.

My most recent dentist, who used to see me weekly, appears no longer able to fit me into her schedule. She did some bite adjustments to my teeth. The last one she did made things worse. She also hadn't finished adjusting the nightguard she made me, which was really hurting my teeth and gums. I think she realized she'd done a bad adjustment, didn't know what else to do with me, and couldn't identify the problem. So, instead of dealing with me in a nice way, she's been ignoring me. The last time I called to see if I could get an appointment, I told her how uncomfortable the nightguard was. She said she thinks I should go to the pain clinic. I'm sure the pain clinic is helpful to some patients, but I also think it's a place where dentists direct patients when they don't know what the problem is, or what to do with the patient. It gets the patient out of their hair.

I hope things work out for your son. It sounds like some of the people he's seeing may be able to help.

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Arleen,

I agree with you. When a dentist is 'stumped', instead of sending you to someone that might be better qualified to handle the problem, a pain clinic is sometimes an easy answer for them. I do believe that there IS help for everyone, IF they find the right specialist to handle their individual needs. I understand that your appt. is coming up, please let me know how it goes, as well as how you're doing.

Cheryl

 
Old 05-29-2003, 05:44 AM   #8
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Hi Tiffany

As the others this isn't specifically a question to ask but my new doctor asked for all of the others who I had seen about my problems. He called one of them while I was sitting in his office and had called another before my next appointment. Since one of the doctors was my endodontist(my problems started when I had root canals done)who I can no longer be treated by since I "seem to have problems with root canals," I was a little nervous but felt a little better after he talked to him. The new doctor told the endodontist what he had diagnosed me with and it at least made me feel like now the the endodontist knows that I am not just a hyperchondriac (sp?).

I'm not sure if this helps, but with my doctor he was able to find out from someone besides me what had been going on. I know that one of the doctors he called, was who had referred me to him (both are oral surgeons).

Good Luck
Sue

 
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