looney - i can identify with you 100%. even tho im seeing a neuromuscular dentist, im still extremely afraid and unsure about repositioning splints because of the conflicting info. no one has a straight answer, and it's very frustrating. i dont want to be anyone's guinea pig!
to me, tho, wearing a splint 24/7 does make sense - when you have a sprained ankle, do you walk around on it in the daytime and then rest it at night? that's kind of what i equate to the TMJ - it needs a lot of time to recuperate, and it cant be done part-time.
as of now, ive semi-decided to go thru with my dentist's plan because i've tried the other route [nightguard and NTI], and they did not work. also, people on this board have had some success with repositioning splints.. so im hoping with all of my heart that i'll be helped, too.
one of my main worries is that i do not want to be worse off or have anything irreversible done. it's been too ingrained in my head to not do irreversible things!
anyway, im trusting my new dentist, and so far ive been pretty impressed because his techniques are extremely scientific.. there's no guesswork, since multiple x-rays have been done, JVA, EMG, etc.
i wish you luck.. and if at any point you get a bad feeling about someone, stop seeing them.