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How to…Prepare for Your First TMJ Dentist or Doctor Appointment

TMJ dentist appointment
Before the Appointment

  • If this is a specialist, make sure you have obtained the proper referrals from your primary care doctor
  • Call the specialist as soon as you have the referral in your hand to see what their process is for new patients. Some specialists need a lot of paperwork, records, and will not see you (even if you have a PPO) without a letter and formal referral from the referring physician.
  • If appointments are being scheduled months out for new patients, ask to be put on the cancellation list.
  • Do you have a detailed health profile? If not, this would be a great time to make one, be sure to include basic information, risk factors, current issues, past surgeries, any medication you are on, (include herbs and vitamins), family history allergies etc.
  • Get copies of your health records and any imaging.
  • If you have had an MRI, CT Scan, or xrays done, get copies sent over to the new doctor. This will give him time to read them in advance.

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How to Choose the Right TMJ Dentist or Doctor

Choosing the Right TMJ Disorder Doctor – Part One

First, if you have not had a chance to read part one of this series, here is a summary of it:TMJ Disorder Doctors Part One

  • Research your area – Make a list of all the doctors near you that could be candidates.
  • Prioritize your needs – What qualities are important to you in a doctor?
  • Verify credentials
  • Interview doctors
  • Evaluate – Is this the right doctor for you?
  • Choose your doctor!

Choosing the Right TMJ Disorder Dentist or Doctor – Part Two
TMJ Disorder Dentist How to Choose
A healthy Doctor / Patient relationship is in many ways like other relationships, with negotiations and compromises. The big difference is that all negotiations and compromises need to be made with the patients best interest in mind. Having a clear idea of what you want to get out of your visit will help your doctor make the most of your visit.
Points to Remember:

  • Your impression of the receptionist and other staff is important. It often reflects the attitude of the doctors.
  • If after the interview you feel uncomfortable, follow your gut, and don’t hesitate to interview someone else on your list.
  • If you have multiple health problems, is your doctor able to handle the entire situation? or is he or she a specialist?
  • Does the doctor see many TMJD patients?
  • Get a second or third opinion if you are unsure about anything that your doctor recommends.

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Starbucks Pumpkin Scones

Starbucks Pumpkin Scones

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 7 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 cup canned pumpkinRead More »Starbucks Pumpkin Scones

Tip Tuesday – Ergonomics for TMJD Patients: Part Three – Sitting at the Computer

Welcome to part three of our ‘Ergonomics for TMJ Disorder Patients’ series! This week, we’re covering how you should be sitting at the computer.
Your feet should always be able to reach the floor! If you don’t have a footrest, tape up some phone books (who uses them these days anyway, LOL?). Even a backpack could work in a pinch.

You should be sitting up straight, but not too straight… experts say that the back of the chair should slope slightly at an angle of 100 to 110 degrees. Your back should feel supported. If it does not, you can purchase lumbar support.. just make sure it fits you (and your chair).
Place the monitor in front of you with the top of the monitor just above eye level. If you wear bifocals or trifocals, see if you can get a pair of glasses just for being on the computer so that you aren’t constantly moving your head and eyes to accommodate your glasses.
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