Learn about Craniofacial pain and Headaches. Dr. Slabach explains the role of the jaw joint in facial pain, and headaches.
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Peter Coe: Would be the problem I had. Interestingly enough my wife did a lot of research and she came upon TMJ online and said I think this is what you have, I think you have this. As I lay in bed, she brought her laptop over to me and we read those symptoms. She got online and found Dr. Dawne’s website. It just so happened that Dr. Dawne is my child’s dentist. We set up an appointment and to be very frank I was quite skeptical, nothing I had done in the past really amounted to any kind of relief for me. She put me through listening to my jaw getting rotating x-rays, since there is work to really see and determine whether she can help me or not and that was probably the most interesting thing to me was there was no guarantees that this is what I had. She really investigated to see if she could help me if this was not happening where most people I had gone to immediately assumed they could help me and that whatever I had they could cure it with a quick pill. That wasn’t the case here and we did discover I had some problems in the alignment of my jaw and where my teeth were sitting here she took a couple of tongue depressors and slowly put them in my mouth and after I did that I felt relief. Not complete relief but I felt the change immediately and we are onto something. Dr. Dawne Slabach: Well, instead of having a walk around -- mouth we make a very specific appliance that he wears on his lower or just going to lock up or retainer we call it an orthotic or splint that repositions his jaw in a position that allows for healing, allows for the nerves and blood vessels in the back of the jaw joint to heal and not be compressed and causing all the headaches and neck aches that he was having. So, now he is progressed through orthodontics and through orthodontics we are putting his teeth in a position that that appliance put his jaw and so that he has a permanent solution. Peter Coe: The fabulous part here is that I have a solution and we have started moving my teeth, my appliance that I wears getting smaller and smaller so I am seeing progress in that and its physical ness but in myself i don’t have headaches anymore, I don’t have stomach problems anymore, I don’t have sleeping problems anymore. In fact I am probably the most physically fit I have been in 20 years. The interesting thing is also is that I am not on paying that. I have been on paying wedge, sense a week after I started and we really can’t argue with results. Mike Wiegenstein: Hi Dr. Slabach now as we have talked to your patients today and we continue to go through this stuff, keep coming back to diagnostics and technology the one I talked you on phone. You repeatedly talked about being able to diagnose people to find out what they really had and I thought that was strange because I thought every doctor did that. After talking to your patients today I have certainly realized may be that isn’t true. So, tell me a little bit about how big the oral technology plays in your practice and of course tell me a little bit about this. Dr. Dawne Slabach: While technology plays the huge role because we -- at this point. We are dealing with jaw joint issues, sleep issues, we are not just looking at a tooth in the mouth, waiting to see what’s going on in the whole head and neck region and yet we don’t want to be poking and prodding in the mouth, in muscles and joints what have you. So, this gives us a three dimensional view with various x-rays that we take. Mike Wiegenstein: And this is what that causes Dr. Dawne Slabach: This is a panoramic CMT, complex motion tomography. We take about eight different films on here, several areas of the jaw joint, and a couple of different skull views we take a view of the cervical spine because we are looking. Mike Wiegenstein: All with this machine. Dr. Dawne Slabach: All with this machine and all in a very low to the short period of time. Mike Wiegenstein: Okay and that allows you to diagnose on a variety of surgeries. I don’t see where I mean