I think you know I go to a holistic dentist, right? - I didn't pick him b/c of that - but a member here (Pedro?) referred me to him - turns out he is extremely well versed on tmj, craniomandibular dysfunction, neuromuscular dentistry, functional jaw orthotics,etc. He's the first dentist who didn't raise his eyebrows in disbelief when I told him all of my sysmptoms and he didn't give me any guarantees he would be successful either - but he had tmj when younger and it took him several years to get it resolved and recover - so he fully relates to all his tmj patients and he is very open to his patients's questions and even suggestions and is very generous with his time, although his hrly rate is quite high. He is also trained in acupuncture and cranial sacral therapy but to be honest if I am going to have those treatments done I would prefer that whoever does it, does it on a full time basis and not just here and there for 10-15mins - plus medical ins usually covers those services - so its just better for me to get that done elsewhere.
I am not sure all holistic dentists treat tmj - in general though they subscribe to the "whole body" dentistry approach meaning that teeth, bite and jaws affect the entire body on a whole so they seem to be more aware of their responsibility or the affect their dental work and treatment has on the body. My dentist seems to be very open minded and is also quite conservative in treatment - plus he seems to know a lot of alternative therapy practitioners - which is how I found my current cranio chiro.
I have seen numerous posts about holistic dentists in the Dental Problem forum - most make them sound like quacks or charlatons - but mine has never done anything that seemed strange or far out or weird in any way - compared to other well known "specialists" I have seen (and boy can some of them have "quirks"
) he seems "normal".